July 3, 2012, - 3:34 pm

New “Amazing Spider-Man” Movie Not Bad

By Debbie Schlussel

The Spiderman reboot, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is in theaters today. And it’s not bad. There’s nothing offensive about it (except that Spidey’s aunt and uncle–who look like his grandparents–are uber-liberals Martin Sheen and Sally Field), and it’s fine to take your kids and whole family to see it. It’s far better than the last Spiderman movie, in which Spiderman does a ridiculous dance at a night club (read my review). It’s entertaining and what you’d expect and have already seen: a guy gets bitten by a spider and soon has amazing powers to shoot webs and velcro himself to tall buildings. It’s not the greatest superhero movie, but it was workmanlike, and I enjoyed it most of the time.

In this movie, he–Peter Parker–is Andrew Garfield, of whom I’m not normally a fan because he’s kind of dull. But he is fine here, and I like him better than the previous Spiderman, Tobey Maguire. I like his love interest, played by Emma Stone, far better than the proud pothead actress dullard, Kirsten Dunst, who played the love interest in the previous Spiderman movie.


Peter Parker is a high school nerd who gets bitten by a spider in the basement and soon discovers he has these amazing powers: super tactile strength and the ability to shoot webs and climb all over the place. He beats up the high school bully and starts to romance the New York police chief’s daughter, Stone. In the meantime, he’s still trying to get over and wrap his head around the plane crash that took his parents after they mysteriously packed up and left him with his aunt and uncle when he was little. He wants to know why they left in a hurry. While searching the Internet, he finds a doctor who was a colleague of his father’s, and is now working for a corporation that bio-engineers the DNA of spiders and other beings. The doctor is missing an arm and desperately wants to find a way to grow a new one the way that lizards grow new tails. But there are no human trials, and his boss at the corporation pressures him.

Soon there is a giant lizard-like villain versus Spiderman. But the lizard looks and acts a little too much like the Hulk, to me. That’s where things got a little messy and too much. But it’s overall a good forumulaic superhero movie. It isn’t spectacular. But it’s pretty good for what it’s trying to do–reboot a franchise that went silly and stale. The sets and lighting are a lot darker than the last Spiderman, too.

This was missing some of the magic and spark I expect from a good superhero movie. But compared to the many crappy, raunchy, silly movies I’ve seen coming out of Hollywood, this summer, this one looks like a masterpiece. It’s not too violent and there’s no sex. I saw this in 3-D, but you won’t miss anything if you just see it in regular 2-D.

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33 Responses

Sounds like I have to see it soon :). I thought Andrew would definitely be a bitter Spidey then Toby though, thanks for the heads-up on the new one Debbie.

John B. Martyn on July 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Another re-boot from Hollywood? Sorry, tired of superhero pictures getting remade, or having sequels.

Is Hollywood so inbred with the sons and daughters of directors and actors that they are incapable of coming up with new ideas.

How about making a movie about OY OY Seven, also known as Israel Bond? A very funny satirical book from the 1960′s.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hasn’t there been enough Spiderman movies made already?
I mean at this point,it’s just like watching a rerun,but you pay ten bucks to see it.

ebayer on July 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Great review as always (I loved Avengers ;) haha won’t hold it against you) but I have to ask why didn’t a “For Greater Glory” review take place? You would have enjoyed that esp compared to the heathen movies this week.

SC: They had several screenings on that night at the same time as “For Greater Glory,” and I don’t think it’s playing anywhere near me anymore. That’s why no review thus far. DS

Steve C on July 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hmm…was set to see this until I saw that the star guy (who I had never heard of before) was on Leno, and I was curious. Well, the guy seemed affable enough, but I hated the idea of him as Spidey and the clip they showed of him saving a kid dangling in a car under a bridge seemed hokey, contrived and poorly-acted.

Plus, I’ve had a major crush on Kirsten Dunst since “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (hugely funny, underrated movie) so now i don’t know if I should listen to my prejudices or listen to Debbie.

DS_ROCKS! on July 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I’ve been a comicbook fan as long as I can remember. Spiderman has alway been one of my favorites. Along with Superman and Batman he was #3. The first two movies were awesome. The third one not so much. Thanks for the great review Debbie. As always you don’t disappoint. Now I’ll be looking forward to your take on The Dark Knight Rises. I also hope that the new Superman movie coming out next year isn’t a snoozefest like Superman Returns.

Ken b on July 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Grant, if you don’t like reboots then your not going to look forward to the reboot of “Highlander”. Starring Ryan Reynolds as Conner McCloud. Think I just threw up in my mouth a little there. What happened to “Their can be only one”?

Also, Spider-Man will probably be rebooted again in a couple years when the movie rights change again. Saw this Garfield guy in a movie and they did everything they could to make him look older, sideburns and chain smoking. So I guess for this it will be the opposite to make him look like a teenager.

ender on July 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm

How have “reboot” and “reset” become such popular usages? Oh, add “pivot” to the list. I fear Hussein has corrupted our language.

skzion on July 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I would go an see the new Spider Man for one reason…

2 words: DENIS F—IN’ LEARY, OKAY.

Have a great Fourth of July. Be sure not to drive or operate heavy machinery when you’re done. ;)

The Reverend Jacques on July 4, 2012 at 1:13 am

“Workmanlike” is the best word I’ve seen in a review of this movie. It’s good. Not great, but good. It leaves you wanting more, which is good in that there’s obviously going to be sequels.

I liked Tobey Maguire as Spidey, but the new guy has Spiderman’s smartass act down. Why is Spidey a smartass? Because he’s up against people that can mop the floor with him, he knows it, and he’s terrified. But he does it anyway.

Sentinel on July 4, 2012 at 1:26 am

Martin Sheen and Sally Field play Uncle Ben and Aunt May, not Spidey’s grandparents.

T: You are right, and I realized the mistake when I woke up after posting the review. They are so much older–and look it–that they seem like grandparents, but you are correct. Thanks. DS

Taz on July 4, 2012 at 6:10 am

Spiderman was created by Stan Lee, a Jewish guy, who is still alive and kicking. In the current movie, which I will re-title as, “Spiderman Regurgitated,” Lee makes a cameo appearance in an action scene where he plays a librarian oblivious to the fight between Spider-Man and the Lizard happening behind him.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

skzion, next movies will be “evolving”.

ender on July 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

The one thing I disliked about the movie was in the comic, Peter Parker had to develop the web slingers, it wasn’t something that was a part of the change in his body. Despite common belief, Parker wasn’t nearly the dummy they took him for.

David B on July 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Yes David I agree. If anyone knows anything about Peter Parker is that he is very intellegent. Maybe not on the same level as a Reed Richards or a Tony Stark but he’s up there. The only reason why he quips and jokes when he fights is to distract his opponent.

    Ken b on July 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

The main reason for this Spider-man reboot is that Marvel Entertainment sold the Spider-man film license to Sony a few years ago. Under that agreement, Sony had to make a movie (no matter how good or bad) just to retain the license. If there wasn’t a movie made after so many years, Marvel Entertain got the license back. As part of the initial deal, Sony was able to acquire many of Marvel’s good villains and thus the reason why you will never see a very popular villain in a Marvel Entertainment film (such as Iron Man, Thor, Avenger films). DC did the same thing with the Batman franchise (selling the filming license) and a reason why a Justice League movie will never be made since Batman is a vital character to JLA.

In other words, do not count me in on seeing this film.

Pats on July 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    …”the reason why you will never see a very popular villain in a Marvel Entertainment film (such as Iron Man, Thor, Avenger films)….”

    Seriously????

    As I recall, these were their villains:

    Iron Man – (1) the Warlord that captured spoiled civilian Stark and who caused his creation of his Armor
    (2) Stark’s personal Demon in a Bottle – alcohol

    Thor – ….Loki?……. the Trickster LOKI???!!!!

    Avengers – …again, Loki???!!! (Loki’s attack on Earth in the original comicbook is what caused the first assembling of the Avengers.
    …hey!! AND Thanos???!!!

    …P.S. Captain America – THE RED SKULL!!!!!!

    …..please…..move out of your parent’s basement!!!!

    Nick Fury on July 5, 2012 at 1:39 am

      Hey Nick don’t forget Victor Von Doom. Ole Dr Doom has not only given the Fanstatic Four fits but also the various heroes that you mentioned. Especially Thor.

      Ken b on July 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Nick and Ken,, reading is fundamental. I said “many” of the popular villains – not all. I am not a fanboy nor have I ever been. I use to own their stock and had done a lot of research into the company and their dealings so I would know a thing or two about this and what Marvel Ent. has done (along with DC).

      Pats on July 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        Pats,

        Yes my “friend” I know that “reading is fundamental”. This “fanboy” wasn’t even directing my comment to you in the first place. It seems like you’re the one who needs to follow along. Thanks though for the information that this “fanboy” already knows about. The info being the movie rights to characters like Spiderman and Batman being sold off to other companies. Have a nice day.

        Ken b on July 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

          Ken, I am happy you think of yourself as a “fanboy”. Note that I had never called you that nor implied that about you in my comments (I don’t even know you). If you would note what I initially wrote and what/how “Nick Fury” commented on one specific thing that I wrote. Yes, your comments were directed towards him, which, as was perceived, was in turn directed towards me (again see “Nick Fury”‘s comments directed towards me). I really do not care if you knew or not about Spiderman/Batman licensing rights being sold. There are some on this thread who may not have known NOR knew that the licensing of some of the villains were also sold as part of the deals made. These statements were never directed towards you. Perhaps, in the end, I may not be “the one who needs to follow along” especially when one’s comments may be deemed as support of someone else’s snarky, troll-worthy comments. Just some constructive criticism.

          Pats on July 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm

          I will say that in the whole scope of things, this truly is meaningless as to what is happening to this country. All this movie/ pop culture “business” is just a form of minor escapism for me. Nothing more and nothing less – and not taken at all seriously by me.

          Pats on July 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

          Ken… LOL! You are way to funny and am glad I am able to get your goat and occupy space in your head rent free.

          PS – your use of “friend” makes you sound just like John McCain which makes you sound even funnier to me. Thank you for making my day!

          Pats on July 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

Deb -
Hey, I wasn’t aware you even reviewed superhero movies!

…anyway, as is it a ‘comicbook’ historical fact that Spidey actually joined the Avengers for a while (since he needed a place to stay and a paycheck (courtesy of the funding source for the Avengers, the Maria Stark Foundation [set up in Tony's Mom's memory]), I fear that eventually you will find yourself reviewing an Avengers movie that includes Spidey….

BTW, the director of the first three Spidey films was, you may know, Michigan’s Very Own Sam Raimi, childhood buddy of Michigan’s Very Own Bruce Campbell…..

P.S. I read your every movie review.

Nick Fury on July 5, 2012 at 1:21 am

Eh, I might see it.

I never was a comic book guy, but Spiderman was always too whiny for me. Goodness gracious, get the babe and quit all the crying over how you love her but can’t have her.

I might see it if there is nothing better to do some day. Even though I really liked the first two I was getting tired and this just seems more of the same.

Too bad the excellent Christopher Nolan couldn’t get attached to this and do what he did for Batman.

Jeff_W on July 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

Oh, yes… Nick. No need to be snarky troll.

Pats on July 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Pat, While I’m man enough to take “constructive critism” it still is noteworthy that you feel that you have to explain yourself to me. Given the fact that it is true that I don’t know you from Adam Strange. Also in the end I do not care if you believe that my comments were in support of Nick’s(they were not in relation to you) they were mine to make. If this has caused you any hurt feelings “friend” then I suggest that you get over it and yourself. Have a nice day.

Ken b on July 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

Pats, believe me “friend” you are the one making me laugh out loud as I can appreciate a good joke like the next guy. Trust me dude you aint in my head “rent free” as folks like you like to think (my personality is too awesome.) As for getting my goat goes, nah I hate goats because they are stubborn and eat everything…LOL! Also yes my use of friend in quotations is a slam on that old RINO McLame so I use it from time to time to annoy people.

PS- Thanks alot for playing along cause it’s been fun. You’ve also made my day. See ya.

Ken b on July 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

    ;D

    Pats on July 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

      X-D

      Ken b on July 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Spider-Man wasn’t bitten by a spider in a basement, didn’t develop the power to shoot webs, and Gwen Stacey isn’t the daughter of the police chief… These details are pretty minor, but given how short your review is, I’d expect a little more accuracy.

Ish on August 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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