HMT Movie Club: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (3D)

When I first saw the trailer around the start of this year, I felt that making another Spiderman movie this soon was stupid because I just saw some awhile ago.

Then I compared against other movie remakes, and thought about exactly how long ago was that Tobey Maguire Spiderman movie…I realised…that I have aged.

For your reference, the Tobey Maguire Spiderman movies spanned from 2002-2007. That’s 5 years ago! Well, I wouldn’t mind if this new one is better.

“It better be better than all Spiderman anything.”

So, how does this on match up???

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (3D)

Directed by Marc Webb

Starring: Andrew GarfieldEmma StoneRhys IfansDenis LearyCampbell ScottIrrfan KhanMartin SheenSally FieldChris Zylka

SYNOPSIS: The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him  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.  Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets.  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.

What I like about this movie:  I think that Garfield is more handsome than Maguire, as Maguire looks too much like a goon. However, Maguire did a more charming performance. Emma Stone portraying the love interest was a ton better than Kirsten Dunst. KD was really fucking bad in Spiderman. Plus Garfield and Stone’s chemistry was really good here! I also really liked that there were more background story about Peter Parker’s tragic past and about his parents, and how these might contribute to his teenage angst. This movie also showed the more accurate technical aspects of Spiderman’s ‘technology’ which is his artificial webshooter at this point of his life (origins), and other gadgets that he was capable of creating. (Spiderman was only able to shoot organic webs in later parts) This Spiderman was also accurate to how gifted he was pre-bitten, being awesome in his academics and intellect, probably passed down from his genius father. We get to sorta know why he became an orphan under the care of Uncle Ben and Aunt May. This Spiderman feels a lot more human, being not as good in combat than the previous ones. The best of all, is the Spiderman humour which we all LOVE. This dude is damn funny. At least behind his mask.
Talking about his MASK, the COSTUME is wayyyyyybetter than the old ones. I am sure it is because our technology definitely improved, but the detailing and iridescence were top-notch. In fact, he looks like a shiny basketball. Totally fit for this age.  Plus we also had insight to his costume concept-development 🙂 Pace for the movie was definitely great. The cinematography was an extra effort. The angles and perspectives of Spiderman was really cool, it was though we were flying with him. This is worth paying for 3D and IMAX. 

What I don’t like about this movie: Well first of all, Garfield is quite the handsome dude, so I don’t get how he is a social outcast in his circle. Any girl would jump at his bones! I guess his sorrow in this movie was not as well portrayed as the Tobey one, plus at this point of time, he is still a teen and not too much of adult problems yet. But I have faith that it will be more awesome in the sequels (YES THERE IS A SEQUEL!)!!! I feel that this Uncle Ben and Aunt May didn’t have as much impact on me and Peter Parker than the past Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Definitely not the fault of the actors, but I guess the parts should be better written. I cried so bad when the old Uncle Ben got killed. Not really for this. I don’t under where he hides his backpack whenever he goes to save the world. Can’t stand it. I don’t like that his webshooter is not working underwater. Not that I didn’t find Garfield sexy, it’s just that I hate to admit the shift in the new definition of male sex appeal after the tragic production of Twilight. Look at our Garfield Spiderman…he is so much more lean than Tobey. I like them buffier (but no need to be as buff as Superman)!!!

(Left: Tobey Maguire, Right: Andrew Garfield.)
Picture from Spiderman Official Facebook Page

I find it quite hard to list out things I don’t like for this movie, because it far exceeds my expectation for it.

It is also interesting to note this:

“When first wearing the Spider-Man costume Garfield admitted to shedding tears and trying to imagine “a better actor in the suit”, which he described as “uncomfortable” and admitted to wearing nothing beneath it since it is skin-tight.”

Personally, I feel that it is worth the money to re-watch this Spiderman. Remember to stay for the post credits!!! I cannot wait for the sequel to launch.

Did you know that Emma Stone was biologically blonde and she dyed her usual red-head for this movie? 

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (3D) opens 3rd July 2012 (Tuesday)!!
YOU MUST CATCH IT IN THEATRES!

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