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Okay, I hardly ever do this but I wanted to come back in and try to give a better explanation to why I hated The Amazing Spider-Man.
When I wrote the review for it yesterday, I really didn't get enough time to talk about my real thoughts on the film because of the fact that I was reviewing three films at the same time, something else I haven't done in awhile.
I straight up panned the movie without noting the good things about it because there were some good things about it, not many, but some.
So, I'm just going to redo my review to give an explanation of why I gave the movie a Some Ol' BullS--t, which still stands. All my review ratings that I gave yesterday still stand from what I gave them.
But I'm just doing this for Spider-Man because that's the one where I noticed that I didn't give a proper review.
I'm going to start off with the few good things that I liked about the movie because there were things I did like.
To start off, Andrew Garfield actually did a pretty good job as Peter Parker, returning to the wise-cracking Spider-Man of the comic books and I also liked the chemistry between him and Emma Stone. Stone's Gwen Stacy was also very likeable, I actually liked her more than I liked Mary Jane Watson because Gwen Stacy actually helped Peter more often than Mary Jane did in the first three films. Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field were also very good despite the material they were given.
The special effects were actually pretty damn good. The best is on the Brooklyn Bridge where Spider-Man saves the cars from going over and saves the kid from the car that catches on fire. I have to give a lot of credit to the effects designers for that.
The run time, while it is long, didn't really bother me all that much. At 2 hours and 16 minutes, I was fine with it.
Lastly, I liked the score for the movie. Sure, James Horner's score is nowhere near the greatness of Danny Elfman's Spider-Man score but Horner still has the chops to make a damn good soundtrack.
So, those are the good things about the movie and now on to the bad things.
First off, I really hated Rhys Ifans as the villian. He just seemed like the stereotype villian to me and while he did look pretty cool as the Lizard, he really had no evil plan, just to turn everybody into lizards. That's really the best you can do? And I like Rhys Ifans, I thought he was great in The Replacements and Danny Deckchair but this is just another bad move from him this year following The Five Year Engagement.
Another thing I didn't like about the movie was that they were promoting the fact that we were going to get secrets about Spider-Man that we never knew about him. When they get revealed, you realize that the big secrets are things that we already knew about from the films, TV shows, and comic books. The only real secret that we do get is that Peter getting bitten by the spider may not have been an accident, that's it. For a movie to promise the untold secrets of Spider-Man, that was poorly done.
I also didn't like how they resulted to killing off one of the characters way too early. One of the characters dies at the end of the film and while he's seen in a lot of the film, we really don't get to know him all that much. If they had given him more character development, I could've bought into this and would've been more upset when he dies.
I also hated how they desperately tried to mimic what Christopher Nolan did to Batman. There were points in the movie that they literally stole from Batman Begins. It's okay to do a similar story to Batman Begins but when you literally steal points from that movie, that's not okay. They could do a story in the style of Batman Begins without stealing things from it but they didn't do that.
Director Marc Webb really can't do action very well. He's a great director but I thought he didn't do the action sequences well in this movie. He has the same problem that Marc Forester had with Quantum Of Solace, he doesn't have much experience to direct an action sequence and the action scenes in Quantum Of Solace falter because of that as they do here in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Lastly, and this is my biggest flaw with the film, 85% of this movie is just an remake of the first movie. It's Peter in high school, he gets bullied, he gets bitten by the spider, he's testing out his powers, Uncle Ben gets killed, Peter tells Gwen (originally Mary Jane in the first Spider-Man) that they can't be together at the end. It's basically the same movie all over again with about 15% new material. I know they had to do the origin story over again but you could've found ways to create something new with it, shake things up a bit, give us something we never seen before. But no, they took the easy way out.
I was really disappointed with this movie, I wanted it to be good. I wanted those trailers that I saw to prove me wrong and give me a good movie. The 6 minute preview after Men In Black 3 gave me hope but what we end up with is a bland, mediocre Spider-Man movie that should've been way better considering the talent on board.
Much of the cast does a good job with the material they were given, the special effects were great, the score was entertaining, and the runtime was acceptable but this movie had more bad things than good things and I still stick by my Some Ol' Bullshit rating.
Hopefully, this gave you a better understanding of why I hated this film. I hardly ever go back and give a rereview. I've only done it for The Love Guru, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, and Percy Jackson & The Olympians and this is one of those times where I gave a poorly written review without expressing my points for hating the film and I feel like I had to write a rereview.