Matt Brown movie reviews "The Amazing Spider-Man" MATT BROWN MOVIE CRITIC Hey there followers, I saw The Amazing Spider-Man. It starred Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Denis Leary. This film was a reboot and was a retelling of the Spider-Man origin story. I liked it a lot overall but it was not without some shortfalls.
It was visually stunning in just about every way. Some great shots and overall strong camera work and cinematography. I saw it in 3D and I was very impressed with it; probably the best 3D I have seen besides Green Lantern. It was subtle in some scenes but still present; unlike a lot of 3D movies where I feel like I don't need to wear my 3D glasses for half the movie. In the action scenes it was much stronger but still well done. Since it was filmed in 3D the director, Marc Webb(yes, they got a someone with the last name Webb to direct Spider-Man), was able to take advantage of it with some great camera work. The special FX were great in every scene. The Lizard looked good visually but I didn't like his facial design(they made him less crocodilian in the face and more like a goomba from the Super Mario Brothers movie). The action was good, from stunt work to fight choreography. This film used a first person view point more than any film I have seen, and I liked it and thought it worked.
Although a visually spectacular film, the story and some other things could have been better. I thought Garfield did a decent job as Peter Parker. I really liked Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy; I would say I liked her more than Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane. The supporting cast did a decent job in their roles(I could have used more Leary). The plot was alright(considering it was something we saw just 10 years ago) but did not blow me away or surprise me a lot. The pacing was my main issue with the movie. The beginning was slow but interesting at least, the middle lagged and had trouble keeping my attention but the ending picked up a lot and grabbed my attention again. The tone was dark, which worked for the film but was not as light-hearted or comedic as the Avengers or even the last 3 Spider-Man movies.
There were some things that bothered me not as a movie goer but as a Spider-Man fan. Spider-Man took off his mask way too much, his identity is supposed to be a secret. They most likely did this because the mouth and eyes are some of the most expressive tools of an actor, but I liked what they had done in past films and just battle damaged his mask so you could see parts of his face. I am under the belief that this is why they went with the design of the Lizard's face they did; to make him more expressive. I did not like their take on Dr. Curt Conners. He always seemed much more personable and amiable in past incarnations; much more of a tragic villain than I feel this movie made him out to be. I felt like he was more aloof and strange in this film. The tone seemed darker than I am used to with Spider-Man, more in line with Nolan's Batman than Favreau's Iron Man which is the tone I would have went with. None of these things ruined the movie for me and I think someone who has no preconceived notions of how things should be would not be bothered by them at all.
If you are a Spider-Man or comic book movie fan this flick is a must see. I say the 3D is necessary for this film, if more movies had 3D done this well I don't think people would be so blase about it. I think this movie is worth at least a $5 movie night if you are not a big superhero fan(still gotta see it in 3D though). I am planning to see Ted next, I went to check it out but it happened to be sold out so hopefully the crowds have died down and I can catch it. Until then. email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @LCSEntertainmnt POSTED 07/06/2012 13:18