Summer Movie Review: The not-so-amazing Spiderman

Elizabeth Golden

Aside from the initial concept, The Amazing Spiderman lacks anything to actually make it amazing. This remake, which should have been made years in the future, failed to reproduce the emotional connection experienced watching the original version.

There really is no need to go into plot summary; everyone knows the basic origin of Spiderman, or so one would hope. The only differences from the 2002 blockbuster hit are the girl, the villain and the location where Spiderman attains his powers.

According to comic book fans, this version follows the comic closer.

However, if you are not familiar with the written version, seeing words and images come to life won’t necessarily strike your fancy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love superhero movies. The original Spiderman may have to be one of my favorite movies of all time. Whenever a superhero movie goes beyond action and delves deep into the emotional baggage of the character, the film reaches the mark of greatness. However, lately these films have forgotten about character development and scenes where big buildings don’t blow up.

Tobey Maguire added life to the character in a way Andrew Garfield did not and Kirsten Dunst perfectly played a damsel in distress, whereas it was difficult to picture Emma Stone in such a role. Garfield, however, did put a unique spin on the character. He truly zoned in on the awkwardness of Peter Parker and managed to stay in character even while dressed in the Spiderman suit.

Although overshadowed by Avengers earlier this summer and Batman coming out in a couple weeks, The Amazing Spiderman managed to make a fairly small dent in the box office. If this film were to come out any other summer, it most likely would have received more publicity and acclaim.

Perhaps the anticipation led to this film’s demise. Spiderman III sucked, obviously. It would be difficult to find someone who actually enjoyed that twisted form of the original classic, so going into this remake, the majority of patrons expected greatness.

C’mon, how could it get worse than that, right?

Although this more modern version, did not fail in the way that the third film did, it by no means matched the powerful emotional connection formed by the original Spiderman.

Nothing truly made this film bad, but then hardly anything broke it out of the realm of ordinary. Aside from the exceptional cinematography and comic book foundation, all else remained indifferent. Peter Parker’s struggle with identity was truly felt in the original, and this version left the feeling of wanting more. The Amazing Spiderman never failed to entertain, but the entertainment never breaks the barrier of greatness. This film produces completely average entertainment, but be sure to stay through the credits for a special scene.

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