Topic: Comic Book Movies
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3674 - Yesterday, Tina, Vinnie, and I attended the first showing of The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 film at our local theater. Yesterday, July 3rd was 'Opening Day' for this film in the USA, although Tokyo, Japan had the first Opening Day on June 13th.
Here are 'Our Takes' on the film:
Tina: Watching this Spider-Man reboot, it's tough not to compare it to the original. For me, the first Amazing Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire is still my favorite of all the Spider-Man movies, including the latest. While Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker is nerdy, open and full of wonder for his new found powers, Andrew Garfield's Spidey comes off as a moody loner gleefully uses his powers to avenge past hurts.
Vinnie: On opening day, July 3rd, my dad, my stepmother Tina, and I went to go see the new "Amazing Spiderman" movie. My favorite aspects of the movie would be the after-editing (aka special effects), plot, and actors. I feel that the whole movie was quite "amazing" (hehe get it? Oh, I should stop while I'm ahead...), but to be more precise, the actors would have to be my favorite.
Michael: Well, I wasn't overly keen about going to see this film, as what little I had seen didn't move me. However, we have Vinnie for a week's vacation, so this was one family outing we decided to do together.
The idea of another 'origin film', ten years later in real time, didn't exactly thrill me to want to go see it. The choice of 'The Lizard' as the film's villain, was one that I wouldn't mind seeing, as it had been a possibility in the previous films...
The whole early part of the film was totally 'foreign' to me, a long time Spider-Man fan. No Mary Jane Watson, and Aunt May didn't have white hair. Plus a lot of other strange things, including Gwen Stacey being in his high school. And yes, I was there 50 years when Spider-Man was first published, so truth to tell... I don't like 'reboots'.
Although the film's early sequences didn't grab me, I did grow to enjoy the scenes between Gwen and Peter Parker. Those two did have some sort of chemistry between them.
The Lizard's appearance was not at all what he had been envisioned as in the earliest comic books, and it was just weird to me to see this creature as 'The Lizard'.
Denis Leary as Captain George Stacey just didn't cut it as that role for me. Too young, I believe.
I like Sally Field in most TV shows and films, but she wasn't 'Aunt May' for me in this film.
Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben Parker pretty much captured that role for me in this film.
Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man just didn't carry the title role for me.
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey was close to being 'Gwen' for me, but the storyline was all messed up, and ruined her role for me.
Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors was just fine, but the animation for 'The Lizard' scenes just didn't cut it for me.
I enjoyed Stan Lee's cameo in the film, which actually was a pretty good scene!
As you can tell by the above, this film just didn't cut it for me. On a comic book grading scale, I'd have to give it a FINE (F) 6.0 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale. It would have been even lower in grade, but the interaction between Peter & Gwen was actually good!
For those of you that don't mind spoilers... Here is the Wikipedia entry for this 2012 film.
Here is the link to the earlier three films in the 2002 / 2004 / 2007 film trilogy. A different Wikipedia entry.
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