The Amazing Spiderman (2012)

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  1. Doctor Omega

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    The Amazing Spider-Man
    is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, and sharing the title of the character's longest-running comic book of the same name. It is the fourth theatrical Spider-Man film produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, and a reboot of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2002-2007 trilogy preceding it. The film was directed by Marc Webb. It was written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves and it stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curtis Connors, Denis Leary as NYPD Captain George Stacy, along with Martin Sheen and Sally Field as the uncle and aunt of Peter Parker, Ben Parker and May Parker. The film tells the story of Peter Parker, a teenager from New York who becomes Spider-Man after being bitten by a genetically altered spider. Parker must stop Dr. Curt Connors as a mutated lizard, from spreading a mutation serum to the city's human population.

    Development of the film began with the cancellation of Spider-Man 4 in 2010, ending director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film series that had starred Tobey Maguire as the titular superhero. Columbia Pictures opted to reboot the franchise with the same production team along with James Vanderbilt to stay on with writing the next Spider-Man film while Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves helped with the script as well. During pre-production, the main characters were cast in 2010. New designs were introduced from the comics, such as artificial web-shooters. Using Red Digital Cinema Camera Company's RED Epic camera, principal photography started in December 2010 in Los Angeles before moving to New York City. The film entered post-production in April 2011. 3ality Technica provided 3D image processing, and Sony Pictures Imageworks handled CGI. This was also the final American film to be scored by James Horner and released during his lifetime, before his death in 2015 from an aircraft accident.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment built a promotional website, releasing many previews and launched a viral marketing campaign, among other moves. Tie-ins included a video game by Beenox. The film premiered on June 30 in Tokyo, and was released in the United States on July 3 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D and released in home media in November 2012. The reboot received generally favorable reviews, with critics praising mostly Andrew Garfield's performance, the visual style, James Horner's musical score, and the realistic portrayal of the title character. The film was a box office success, grossing over $757 million worldwide, becoming the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2012, and the highest-grossing reboot of all time. The film's sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was released on May 2, 2014. This film included Marc Webb and most of the first film main cast who returned to their previous roles.


     
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  2. Hux

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    A film worthy of a reboot (the character is so damn good) but did we really need another origin story? I mean, they tried to spice it up a little but do we care? We're here to see Spider-Man, not find out how he became Spider-Man.

    Homecoming has wisely chosen to just... get in with it.
     
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  3. chainsaw_metal1

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    I agree with @Hux . Yeah, it was updated, done differently, but with the really established heroes, stop with the origin stories. I don't mind as much with the lesser known characters, like Doctor Strange or the various Netflix Marvel shows, because most of the audience doesn't know who they are, and the stories have been done very well. And while most people probably know Captain America's backstory, I liked his first film because it didn't drag his origin out too terribly much and was, for the most part, a good war film with fantastical elements.

    And as for HOMECOMING, indeed, just get him out there and beating up bad guys and zinging them with witty one-liners.
     
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  4. filmfan95

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    As a huge fan of Amazing Fantasy 15, I don't mind seeing the origin story adapted again and again. I can understand why some people would have a problem with that, but it honestly was never a problem for me. I enjoyed this movie a lot. It was clever. And it was a nice alternative take on Spidey's origin.

    My main problem with it was the misleading promotional materials that made the film out to be more faithful to the comics than the Raimi films. But, as it turned out, the only thing it did mine more accurately than those films was the web shooters. And while a prefer the mechanical web shooters over the organic ones, it's not worth seeing a different adaptation just for that one detail.

    I also think that this film is only better than Spider-Man 3. I still think the first two Raimi films are much better. With the Raimi films, it almost feels like the comics come to life, with cheesy dialogue and jokes, as well as the heart of the character.

    That said, I do really enjoy this film much more than many others do, even though it was an obvious cash-grab just so that Sony didn't lose the rights to the character. The sequel though? Don't get me started on that. That's a completely different story.
     
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    It injects some freshness into the franchise (although it was hardly moribund), especially in casting Garfield. He has a physical sleekness and general likeability and Emma Stone provides her trademark sass. My highlight was Ifans’ conflicted villain, not a bad guy in the conventional sense- more a victim of unfortunate circumstances. Pity about the fairly perfunctory plot though.
     
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