STRENGTHS: Director Marc Webb took the character of Peter Parker and updated him for modern times – a risky move, but one that many moviegoers felt paid off. Andrew Garfield definitely left his own mark on the role, delivering a Peter Parker realized and developed in a way that was at once familiar and refreshingly new; improved technology (combined with practical stunt work) made the Spider-Man action better than ever. Add the sparks practically exploding out of Garfield and leading lady Emma Stone – plus a more intriguing and immersive mythos – and there were enough quality elements of Amazing Spider-Man to make the film worth the mulligan… if only barely.
WEAKNESSES: Many are still waiting for the “untold story” of Spider-Man they were (unfairly) promised; all we really got instead was a slightly tweaked origin story that we had seen before in the Raimi films. The script suffered from stutter step pacing (when it wasn’t meandering from scene to scene), there was clear evidence that director Marc Webb still had something to learn about blockbuster filmmaking – and worst of all, The Lizard (one of the most complex and interesting Spider-Man villains) was pretty much relegated to “freak of the week” status. Poor Dylan Baker was probably tossing popcorn at the screen by the handful (geek reference).
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