Film Watch – 277. The Amazing Spider-Man

Fast Facts

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Director: Marc Webb
Year: 2012
Run time: 2hrs 16m

Background Info

We were both quite excited about this one, purposefully going through the previous trilogy so that we were in the right sort of mindset for a world of men and spiders. Of course, as it turns out, those films were pretty rubbish so that made us even more keen to see what was going on in this version.

Live Blog

0:50 – We’re hoping for shorter credits.
1:01 – Woo!
5:29 – He does teenager better than Maguire.
11:58 – The trouble with this part of the film is, I’m just waiting for a spider to jump out.
14:04 – Spiderman’s search engine of choice: Bing!
16:16 – Poor Rodriguo.
21:46 – There are the spiders. Ah ha.
25:54 – “Nobody likes your meatloaf.”
28:26 – I don’t think WebMD is going to have the answer to this one.
30:18 – When someone reads your book and says: “It’s something.” That’s probably not a compliment.
35:01 – He may need to go some way to controlling his powers.
43:01 – Does that count as rage? I think if you shatter a glass door, you’ve got some anger issues.
45:24 – Well, we saw that. They can’t make another film where they pretend it was some other guy the whole time.
53:17 – I like that this Spiderman is a bit more into designing his own gadgety goodness.
57:30 – “No one seems to grasp the concept of the mask.”
59:52 – There’s nothing like a boiling kettle to interrupt an argument.
1:04:40 – “Your doorman is intimidating.” Bless!
1:16:46 – At which point in the rescue did he manage to seamlessly get his mask off teh kid and put it back on?
1:18:55 – I very much enjoy the fact she knows straight away and we don’t have to go through all that.
1:24:57 – Someone would surely notice the sudden infestation of lizards.
1:30:48 – Bug boy.
1:37:22 – “I’m gonna throw you out the window now.”
1:42:54 – She’s quite awesome.
1:44:53 – I don’t get how his mask looks so seamless but comes on and off really easily.
1:50:55 – That is so cool.
2:00:29 – I hope she doesn’t get the rage like the other guy did when his dad died.
2:07:55 – Britney smile.

Conclusions

I don’t want to overstate it, I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I think I’ve figured out that this was roughly 3 million times better than the Sam Raimi movies, from the very beginning when it didn’t have several minutes worth of opening credits. I loved Garfield and Stone, their teenage angst rather than star-crossed lovers nonsense. I thought the biting story was done better, whilst his discovery and testing out of powers seemed more realistic. The demise of Uncle Ben was even more poignant than first time round, and left unresolved. It was all just much better, and really very, very good.

Rating: 5/5

2 comments

  1. W’allo!

    I’m super surprised, you’re like the only person who preferred this to the original. I think Garfield and Stone were better but the plot was pretty naff and it’s a bit disenchanting when a studio makes a film purely because if they don’t, they’ll lose the franchise rights. Kinda takes the heart out of it!

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  2. I’m definitely not the only person because I know of at least one other 😉

    The plot can’t have been that naff, it was practically a carbon copy of the original one – boy gets bitten by a spider, goes vigilante, other guy does human testing so as not to lose job/funding, all goes wrong, big showdown.

    Didn’t really know that about the rights and stuff. Films get made for all kinds of reasons, I suppose. I much prefer they did this than made a fourth sequel, who knows what kind of chaos they would have descended into.

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