Film #10. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Director: Marc Webb
Writers: James Vanderbilt (screenplay), Alvin Sargent (screenplay), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans

I had my first IMAX 3D experience last night when I went out to see The Amazing Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb and starred Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. With memories from Sam Raimi’s trilogy still fresh, my anticipation of the reboot was somewhat milder than other superhero blockbusters for this summer (e.g. The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises). In many ways The Amazing Spider-Man has diluted the seriousness of its predecessor and highly advanced in its theatrical technology (i.e. IMAX 3D) that presents itself as a generally enjoyable ride for the audience from all ages.

Highlights:

– The pair of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) was absolutely adorable, even without the consciousness of the onscreen couple actually developed into a real one. Garfield, who played the breakthrough role in The Social Network (2010) has every charm to capture the hearts of teenagers.

– James Horner’s ethereal score that often overwhelmed the acting and directing in framing the mood of the scene. I presume the filmmakers chose him to replace Danny Elfman’s unforgettable theme in the previous trilogy, and I think it’s a smart choice.

Lowlight:

– the script was somewhat loose (although it was collaboration of three fine screenwriters!) to tell a story that has been already told and still fresh in memory. Most of Peter’s actions appealed to the actor, instead of carefully framed by the narrative. For example, there isn’t a clear set of lines in the scenes where Peter fidgets before Gwen to ask her out and later reveals his identity. Some story pitfalls (e.g. a teen intern develops cure for the whole city) can be easily overlooked for this high-teen flick.

In addition to the short video at the credit roll, The Amazing Spider-Man has laid out so many unresolved mysteries to instill an anticipation for a sequel. Some say it regrettable that Spidey did not make the entry to the Avengers due to the copyright issues, but I think this new start in the franchise will only make moviegoers happier with a richer choice. Now The Amazing Spider-Man has two weeks to keep the top place until Dark Knight Rises, and the two major superheroes battling in the Box Office will make the most exciting July ever!

6.8/10

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