Welcome to another edition of Friday Flix. This week we go super—or at least there’s a superhero involved. It’s The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. This was one of those movies I kept meaning to see last year and it just never happened. Thank you free Redbox code for giving me a movie to watch on a cold, snowy day!
Let’s get to getting.
The description from IMDB.com:
Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.
We start the movie off with Peter Parker as a kid, I’m sure meant to create immediate sympathy between us and Petey, because he’s a poor little cute kid. You’re always going to feel something for them cute things, right?
I was a bit skeptical of Andrew Garfield. To me he looked like a Backstreet Boy in a red and blue suit. But his performance surprised me. Instead of being the geeky kid everyone tolerated, he was the weird loner everyone tolerated. It works. And I did like him as Spider-Man. In fact, I think he makes a better Spider-Man than Tobey Macguire. (Note I only said Spider-Man, not Peter Parker).
THE TROUBLE WITH REBOOTS
My biggest problem with a reboot so soon to the last set of Spider-Man movies it the previous movies are still too fresh in my mind. And for me, if you subtract the semi-disaster that was Spider-Man 3, you’ve still got quite a memorable and well-told franchise. Sam Raimi, Danny Elfman, and a guest appearance by Bruce Campbell! And in Amazing we have…that Brit guy, that girl and that director who did…
Although it had been 5 years since SP3, it still felt like the other movies had just come out. Batman Begins had 8 years between it and the last Batman atrocity. But I think we can all agree SP3 was certainly no Batman & Robin.
I think the writers had the right idea starting out. The mad scientist has the appropriate motivation, fixing an arm. They kept the Osbornes physically out of it so we didn’t have too much throwback to previous movies. But somehow the story still struck me as unoriginal. I know there’s nothing new under the sun, but I wanted to come away from the movie agreeing a reboot was necessary. I didn’t.
CONVENIENCE AND THE UNEXPLAINED
I guess it’s movie logic that because your father was a scientist you automatically would understand every complex thing he was working on when you discovered the files containing his top-secret work. I suppose you could say he just brought the formula he found to the mad scientist, but the way the computer somehow knew whether or not it would work was unbelievable to me too. At least the spiders made a little more sense. (Gah! When they all fell on him I about died! I’m serious!)
But supposedly him and the lead girl (whose name I still can’t remember, despite reading it a few times for this) go to a science high school? But so why do they have a basketball team and a weird jock bully if it’s a science high school? Wouldn’t most of the students attending the science high school be less bullysome, and not like Flash? And it seemed awfully convenient that she happened to work in the lab and would know how to make the cure they needed to save the day in the end.
I also didn’t buy into him “developing” his own webs. I suppose technically he stole the idea from OsCorp, but I couldn’t really buy the amount of webs he was using in the movie. Even the BFF turned and asked me, wouldn’t he have run out by now?
NOT SO AMAZING
Most of the movie I found myself wishing we were watching Spider-Man 1 or 2 instead. It’s a shame we couldn’t take the Brit kid’s Spider-Man and combine it with Tobey Macguire’s Peter Parker somehow. I also missed Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson tons (Aunt May and Uncle Ben).
It’s not a terrible movie, and I didn’t hate watching it. I was just left with a big, “So what?” And less motivation to watch Amazing 2 whenever it hits theaters. I think I may go pull out SP1 & 2 this weekend. It at least inspired me to do that much.
What did you think of the Amazing Reboot? Was it Amazing? Not? Do you love the Brit kid way more than Tobey, or were you missing Tobey as well? What do you think of reboots? Is there a wait time they should give the movies before “rebooting” them? Let me know below.