The Amazing Spiderman 3D
July 4, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man 3D
"His past was kept from him. His search for answers has just begun."
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
Why make a movie that has already been made ten years ago? The answer is simple; to make more profits, as (500) Days of Summer's director Marc Webb tries to execute Stan Lee's swinging spider mutan's world into an eye popping 3D. The tagline "The Untold Story Begins" itself sounds really 'inviting', as we never found out what was the real reason for Peter staying with his aunt & uncle at Sam Raimi's original movie. I did put a high expectation in this reboot, but the lack of story somehow failed me.
Dr. Curt Connors : "Do you have any idea what you really are?"
The idea of the movie itself is to show every events before Raimi's predecessor. It did show us Parker's missing parents and what was his dad up to. But that's not enough. The 136 minutes runtime feels real confusing for me; no, the story is understandable, but what I don't understand is what's Peter up to. He's supposed to be that powerless kid who suddenly gets that spider's superpower that overwhelms him. He's supposed to be that masked hero, working under the shadow of justice, being the mysterious hero, but he turns out like a bullies, a show-off jerkass who somehow manages to control and overcome the power he recently gets (by acting like a complete jackass hero) and has that unbeliavably smart gene. And he indeed is unstable kid. Why can I say so? His major purpose (at first) is to find the truth about his missing parents, then after his uncle got killed by a random robber, he determines to catch that killer, then all so sudden The Lizard shows, offering him a major threat and a new goal, then he changes to a new purpose again : to save everybody from The Lizard's evil plan, then after that, he finally comes back to his first goal. What his teacher says in the end of the movie sounds like a whole plot to me : Who am I? Yes, who's Peter Parker exactly? A guy who determines to find the truth behind his missing parents? Or the guy who wants to catch his uncle's killer? Or even the guy who is everybody's hero, fighting over the vicious Lizard?
Peter Parker : "We all have secrets: the ones we keep... and the ones that are kept from us."
I won't lie that the 3D is captivating. Eye popping 3D really wins people's eyes (and fortunately makes us thoughtless about the story). I mean, who doesn't sit still with amusement while watching Parker swinging from building to building, catching whatever he feels he needs to catch, not to mention every sick and fresh humours told in this movie; a real refreshment. It's fun, and it somehow distracts us from the weak script, the lack of story. All that stunning cinematography, eye catching CGI, heart pounding scores and ground breaking action are serious stakes. I can say that the action is far better than Raimi's; the spider-man himself really moves like spider. The climax fight between Spider-Man and The Lizard is captivating and nerve-wracking. And the twist at the end is a real surprise. But, all that overage doesn't help much, as the ridiculously worst story overshadows them all. Not to mention, the fight that happens at Peter's school, what's that supposed to mean? IS IT REALLY NECESSARY?! I mean, it's stupid enough for The Lizard to confront his biggest-strongest enemy right before he does his evil unplanned plan. The-greatest-joke-ever.
George Stacy : "Thirty-eight of New York's finest, versus one guy in a unitard."
Andrew Garfield indeed is charming. That clumsiness and sweetness of him really capture my heart. But that's it. He fails to portray Spider-Man as good as Maguire did. Garfield's Spider-Man is somehow untrustable; I don't trust him to be a powerless and abandoned. I trust him for being a geek-chic, but he somehow manages to steal the spotlight, in a cocky spoiled way like those boys in Chronicle, like he is playing around with his 'gift'. And I don't trust him to be an oprhan kid, to be a deserted and lonely kid, to be a determined Peter Parker. It's just .. it isn't Spider Man, it's just .. Garfield. Thumbs up for miss Emma Stone. She's much better heroine than Dunst's Mary Jane. She portrays Gwen Stacy flawlessly; smart, pretty, funny, and more importantly : strong. At some times, I almost think that she doesn't need to be protected, as she can protect herself, in her own way and somehow, it works. Thumbs up as well for Rhys Ifans. I love Dr. Connor. He's a villain, a super strong and determined one, but he's far too vulnerable to be one. He's smart and strong-minded, a desperate disabled man that is an equal enemy for Spider-Man. His goal to change humanity into something monsterous is disturbingly juicy, and I love him for that.
Dr. Curt Connors : "Your father and I were going to change the lives of billions, including mine..."
Overall, I can't say that The Amazing Spider-Man can't be enjoyable; it is in fact damn enjoyable -I enjoy every single seconds watching it. But then again, the story is far more disturbing than watching shooting webs in an eye popping 3D. I do recommend you to watch this reboot, as it's unfortunate for you to miss it, but don't take it seriously, just enjoy it, thoughtlessly.
Dr. Curt Connors : "There's rumor of a new species in New York. It can be aggressive, if threatened..."