Movie Review: THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN (2012) – Too Emo Then Too Suddenly Happy

Shah Shahid

Cinephile. Bollywood Connoisseur. Attempted Writer & Editor at http://blankpagebeatdown.com. Host of Split Screen Podcast (@splitscreen_pod). Member of the Twitterati @theshahshahid. Diagnosed w ADH– look a dust bunny!

17 Responses

  1. Tyson Carter says:

    Not into my superhero films but you always write interesting stuff here Shah 🙂

  2. Worst of all, it was just boring.

  3. You know…he WAS pretty bipolar, wasn’t he?? LOL why did I not notice this before?? Thanks for the insight, Shah, hahaha.

  4. CMrok93 says:

    Good review Shah. We really didn’t need another Spider-Man movie after the last one ended about 5 years earlier, and it shows in it’s familiar trappings. However, it can be fun if you really love this character.

    • Shah Shahid says:

      You’re right man. I didn’t completely trash the movie, because regardless of tonal issues, it was fun. But it’s just when you start thinking about it and raise an eyebrow… that’s where my problems were.

      Otherwise it’s a mindless entertainer if you choose to ignore the inconsistent elements.

  5. ruth says:

    Y’know, I think I was too generous with this one when I first reviewed it, but the more I think about it the less I like about it. Initially I LOVED the idea of Garfield in the role, and I think he did a fine job, but the film still fall short of the greatness of Raimi’s trilogy, esp. the 2nd one w/ Doc Ock which is my all time favorite!

    • Shah Shahid says:

      It just was trying too hard to be many things.
      The finest thing about SPIDERMAN 2, was that despite being a sequel, the character of Peter Parker didn’t truly accept being Spiderman, until the end of that movie. So essentially, the establishing origin story of the character took 2 movies to tell, freeing them up to do so much more going forward. But they didn’t. Sad.

      • ruth says:

        Hey Shah, I forgot to mention that perhaps having seen Garfield so up close at Comic-con made me like him in the role a lot more, but to his credit I think he was decent. I do think he’s perhaps not geeky enough to be an outcast the way Tobey was. But for me, the villain is just so lackluster compared to how Doc Ock was, even Norman Osborne as Doc Oc. As for Emma Stone, I just didn’t like her character her, it lacks bite somehow. I think Kirsten Dunst was more memorable and believably spunky. I guess Gwen is just more vanilla, and overall that’s kind of how I feel about the whole film.

  6. Well this film did have Emma Stone in a lot of scenes so it was worth a watch. After the horror that was Spiderman 3 I was also glad that this film did not feature emo spidey dancing. Not a great comic book film but actually turned out better than i expected.

    • Shah Shahid says:

      I wanted to like it, but it was all over the place. And the forced ‘epic’ ending just killed it for me.

      Granted though, they improved upon a LOT of things from the Raimi Trilogy. In terms of the motivations, interactions between Uncle & Aunt, how Peter discovers his powers while skateboarding, etc. I feel the ‘updating’ for a modern audience is where they did too much to make it a hipster teen romance.

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