Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

In this dire time of sequels, prequels and reboots, another spider-man ‘re-imagining’ only a few years after the last ones isn’t something I gave a warm welcome to. To my shock, it was better than I’d expected. It was engaging, and visually well made. But then again, so were the last ones. That said, it has a severe lack of style, being very traditionally shot and edited. Unfortunately, TASM lacked a deeper care for the Spider-Man series. It feels like a cash grab, even as you’re watching the film. It’s a pretty well-made cash grab, but it still suffers from plenty of script issues that might have been avoided had whoever wrote it really been a dedicated fan rather than posing as one. Riddled with nonsensical stuff, almost every character and action in the film serves only to conveniently further the plot. All the characters fit in a little too well, and the villain instantaneously transforms from humanitarian to reptilian Hitler at the drop of a hat. The new ‘gritty’ and more realistic tone of the film clashes with the second half of the movie when the villain is introduced. Chasing down a giant lizard just doesn’t fit with the first half’s vibe.
7/10. It’s not a bad movie, it’s a fun ride that I enjoyed a lot. It’s just totally unnecessary and is seriously held back by script issues, lack of style, character development and sense.

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