The Amazing Spiderman came out on DVD this week and so a DVD night was called for. The AMAZING Spiderman: a re-vamp of the Spiderman series, directed by Marc Webb. I had high expectations for this film and over-all it was a bit of a let-down. Sure, there were some nice animated effects and it was fairly enjoyable but it wasn’t as big and bold as it should have been. No wonder it failed with its tousle for popularity against the Batman film that toured cinemas at the same time.
Starting with the man himself: Spiderman. The Spiderman (and Peter Parker) of this film was played by Andrew Garfield (that guy from ‘The Social Network’). Did he work as Spiderman? Not really… I can’t remember a time when he showed good acting emotion and the director portrayed Peter Parker as way too hip. He was a skateboarder! Since when was Peter Parker cool enough to skate? Also, its pushed in our face from the start ‘hey look… this kid is modern, this kid is smart’ cause he web-searches everything and we makes silly gadgets to lock his door. Making his web-shooters seemed a bit silly, too. I know it stays closer to the comic that way, but it makes more sense with Sam Raimi’s portrayal in ‘Spiderman’ from 2000 that shooting webs was one of the genetical attributes he gains as a ‘super-power’.
Next to the bad guy: Lizard. I understand the reasons for making Lizard humanistic, in regards to facial features… but at the same time, it looks ridiculous. It would have been much more menacing to have a more velociraptor look to the head, tweaked slightly to make it easier for human speech. The one in this film looked way too human. It was like Barney the Dinosaur ‘gone bad’. The transformations, however, were cool and the parts where it was actor Rhys Ifans, but with lightly added scales looked quite nice. But the villain wasn’t threatening enough. The fight scenes between Spiderman and Lizard were fair, though.
Finally, the plague of 3D effects hit this movie hard. It tried to add in as many 3D swinging effects as it possibly could… and when watched out of the cinema they just look awful. There was even, what I like to call a ‘trailer sequence’ of swinging just shoved on the end of the movie for no apparent reason other than to show off the “marvellous 3D effects”. It wasn’t impressive on DVD and I wish films would steer clear.