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Movie Review – The Amazing Spider-Man

I’ll start off by saying, I loved the Raimi’s first Spider-Man. I saw it four times opening weekend, thinking it was the perfect post 9/11 movie, especially that ending with him swinging by the American flag. So, you can imagine that the Marc Webb directed, The Amazing Spider-Man had a difficult task at hand impressing me. While it’s being heaped upon with praise, I shrug my shoulders feeling “been there, done that.”

It’s not to say the movie is bad in any way, it’s a perfect summer popcorn movie.  But there’s not enough different between it and the first entry, so many years ago to make me feel like I’ve seen something exciting or new. If it weren’t for Raimi’s first film, I’d feel different, but the movie seems familiar, a retread, not a re-envisioning.

The movie is absolutely entertaining and real feels like Raimi’s energetic film mixed with some darkness from Nolan’s Batman and Webb’s relationship fun of (500) Days of SummerAndrew Garfield is great as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, mixing smarts and smart-ass quite well. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is adorable and you can see why she falls for Peter. Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard is good too as well as a supporting cast that includes Denis Leary (Captain Stacy), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben) and Sally Field (Aunt May).

I’m still struggling so many days later to figure out exactly what I had an issue with.  The action was ok, the relationship story was great, but the two mashed together had issues. There’s also Peter’s near obsession with finding his Uncle’s killer that seems to be thrown aside by the end of the film.  Also, much of it is predictable. The Lizard goes crazy and talks to himself (ala the Green Goblin in the first film), the people of the city rally around Spidey, etc. It hits the notes you’d expect.

The movie can be summed up, by the post credits teaser scene which is choppy and out of place and 3D that at times shows brilliance in it’s use, but most of the time isn’t used enough.

Overall, a solid popcorn movie, but one that doesn’t stand out from what’s come before.

Direction: I loved Marc Webb’s previous movie (500) Days of Summer. The film was fantastic in the depiction of the relationship between it’s main characters as well as how it jumped around in time. That’s where this movie shines. Peter and Gwen’s relationship and Peter dealing with his family situation, that’s the heart of the film and it’s solid. However, the action scenes while entertaining, and not suffering from the usual shaky cam syndrome, are only good. The super hero aspect falls short for me, winding up being predictable, expected, been there before. Grade: 6.5

Acting: Garfield and Stone and great and they’re surrounded by a solid supporting cast. I don’t have any complaints as Garfield shows off the personal and emotional troubles you’d expect from someone with his family life. He’s a star and it shows. Stone is adorable and smart and you can see why Peter would fall for her. The supporting cast as well hits all the right notes showing of the two main stars’ abilities as they’re matched up to such industry greats. Grade: 8

Plot: This is where I’m mixed. The relationship stuff is great. The super hero stuff, not so much. There’s enough for me to pick on and left me unimpressed. And in the age of Youtube and everyone having a camera phone, how many times can this super hero be unmasked?! I had that reaction in Spider-Man 2 and I have it here. His revealing his identity caused me a lot of issues. I will throw major props showing the beating a super hero such as he would take and how his Aunt would react to that. Grade: 6

Overall: The movie is a solid popcorn summer movie. It’s entertaining, but as I keep saying, it doesn’t stand on it’s own enough. We’ve seen a lot of this before, just with a different tone. And while that first Spidey movie gave me the same wonder I felt seeing Superman flying that first time, that magic is missing here. Overall Grade: 7

Around the Tubes – We’re Back!

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There’s so much news to catch up on while I was on my San Diego Comic-Con side journey.  Below you’ll find a lot of articles, some recent, some old, but throughout the day there’ll be posts of trailers and other news that deserve some more focus.  Enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

Salon – The politics of Captain America – An interesting article that’s worth the read.

Bleeding Cool – Ghost Projekt To Be Syfy TV Mini Series – We owe a review of the series, but I was a bit mixed on it.  It’ll be interesting to see what a tv series will be like.

Human Events – Captain America: ‘Nazi Basher’ Now, Why Not ‘Commie Smasher’ Next? – A very interesting article, but Cap in the movies wakes up in modern time, there’s no communists, so makes this difficult.

The Advertiser – N.Y. superhero tour geared to geeks among us – This could be cool.

ICv2 – SyFy Options ‘The Sixth Gun’ – A comic book series that’s grown on me, it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

ICv2 – ‘Mockingbird’ Added to Marvel TV Roster – Is TV the new “movie” for comic books?

The New American – When Marvel Comics was Anti-Communist – See how stories flow around conservative blogs?

The Comics Journal – How Censorship Won: The Final Victory of the Comics Code – Some great history here.

Geekweek – Top Cow’s THE DARKNESS Headed To The Big Screen – There’s going to be a few Top Cow comics coming to the big screen.

ArtsBeat – Being Gay in Riverdale: Creator of ‘Archie’ Character Gives the Backstory – A article well worth the read.

Con Coverage:

Comicvine – SDCC 2011: Marvel Next Best Thing

Comicvine – SDCC 2011: Marvel: Year of the X-Men Panel Live Blog

Bleeding Cool – Court Papers Served On Shocker Toys At Their Own San Diego Comic Con Panel

Bleeding Cool – Rhys Ifans, The Lizard In The Amazing Spider-Man, Arrested At San Diego Comic Con And Cited For Misdemeanor Battery

Bleeding Cool – Boom! Panel Busts At San Diego Comic Con <- One of the funniest panels I’ve been to in a long time.

Comics Alliance – Marvel TV: ‘Hulk,’ ‘Alias’ and ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Comics To Be Adapted for Television with ABC

CBR – SDCC ’11 | A roundup of Saturday’s announcements

The Mary Sue – Images of Spidey Villain Revealed at SDCC, Look Like a Batman Villain (and Rhys Ifans Was Not Arrested)

CBS News – Comic-Con 2011 closes after 4 days of pop-culture fun

Bleeding Cool – Trending Topics Special: Who Won San Diego? The Top 50 Stories Of San Diego Comic Con

MTV Geek – SDCC 2011: The Legendary Comics Panel Recap

MTV Geek – SDCC 2011: Take A Look At DC’s Designs For The New 52!

Comicvine – The Biggest News from DC Comics at Comic-Con 2011

Comicvine – The Biggest News from Marvel Comics at Comic-Con 2011

Graphic Novel Reporter – Eisner Award Winners for 2011
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C. Thomas Howell in Spidey 4

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C. Thomas HowellIt looks like the Spider-Man reboot has added another actor to it’s line up.  C. Thomas Howell, who if you know the 80’s was kind of a big deal back then has joined the cast as “Ray.”  The cast also includes Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, and Irrfan Khan.

Stan Lee also tweeted his cameo is all set.