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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
Is it good? Yes it is. But... (backofthehead.com) SPOILERS.

My main take away is I wish I were 14 or 15 and it was my first superhero movie and I'd not seen 40 other superhero movies and 3 other Spider-Man movies to compare it to. I'd have been blown away if that were the case.




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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.35
I enjoyed it more than any of the Raimi films. No lectures from Aunt May about the world needing heroes, no cringe worthy "we're New Yorkers" lines, and no dancing.

I would actually recommend 3D on this one. Some of the first person shots were incredible and the 3D really added a lot to it.


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My favorite part of the movie was in the chemistry room. The Lizard stops his full assault on Spidey to calmly mix some chemicals and create a smoke bomb. It was a very smart, cool, and understated moment in what had been a full on brawl.


I will probably see this again.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    ]I would actually recommend 3D on this one. Some of the first person shots were incredible and the 3D really added a lot to it.


The IMAX 3D was pretty spectacular.

I'd see it again too.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.42
On the scale of 13 going on 30 to the Shawshank Redemption, would you rank this higher or lower than the Avengers?
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.35
    Originally posted by El Nastio
    On the scale of 13 going on 30 to the Shawshank Redemption, would you rank this higher or lower than the Avengers?


I'd say lower. I loved The Avengers. I loved this version of Spider-Man. However The Avengers was something I'd been looking forward to for quite a long time and it delivered. Spidey was more of a pleasant surprise than anything. It's still a very strong comic movie and I don't mean to take anything away from it, but all in all I preferred The Avengers.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.88
    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    I enjoyed it more than any of the Raimi films. No lectures from Aunt May about the world needing heroes, no cringe worthy "we're New Yorkers" lines, and no dancing.



Really? I rolled my eyes at the part where the guy he saved earlier got to call his buddies and do their thing. That was very "we're New Yorkers" to me.

I enjoyed the movie. I was pleasantly surprised on how they managed to recreate the origin without basically repeating any of the original stuff (from the books but especially the earlier movie) From getting the powers to the role of Oscorp in all of this to Uncle Ben.
It helped set up their own little universe a lot.
Of course it'll be compared to the Raimi version, but this part holds up well in my opinion.
Also, Peter cracked a lot of jokes, including during the fights. The way he should. Good times.

Everyone played their parts well, but I didn't really care for the look of the Lizard. Also, that part of the story almost felt rushed. Ditto for his relationship.

Oh. And I was glad that unlike the trailers (and hints by Marc Webb) it wasn't a story about uncovering his parents' secrets and identity.




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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.84
My insane conspiracy theory is that the true secret of Peter's parents is being held back until Marvel and Sony strike a deal to bring Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then, they can be revealed as SHIELD agents.

I liked the movie a lot. The Raimi series did not age well with me (they got worse with every viewing), so this was refreshing.

I saw it in 2D, and this was the first time I felt like I was missing out on something by not choosing 3D.


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So...theories on the identity of the guy in the credits scene? Norman? He's not known for wearing a hat.




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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57
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Saw it in IMAX3D because Marc Webb claimed he shot some scenes in IMAX format in his IMAX promo video. Was getting really annoyed I paid $17.25 and no IMAX switching but it was not until the end section when they lined up the cranes and WOW it was pretty awesome. And of course the final roller coaster like segment was in large IMAX format. I also thought the 3D was worth it. Glad they didn't make you wait all the way till the end of the credits to show you the extra scene.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    I'd see it again too.


Saw it again last night. Friend had free passes, offered to take me, I said, "sure!" Was able to look at it and not constantly compare it to Raimi. I think it's extremely well made and the movie works on its own merits quite nicely. Again, if I'd never seen a Spider-Man movie before, Amazing would be a revelation.

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.13
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    "Dr. Conners, when you turn into The Lizard, where do your genitals go?" - dialogue omitted from The Amazing Spider-Man


Inside of his cloaca, I assume. It's just biology.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.30
But does he keep his mask on??
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His mask does come off a few times, but none of which I thought were "Spiderman 2 on the train scene" bad. By the end of the movie, 4 people know his identity, but one of them is dead, one is a little kid, and one is in prison, so really only 1 person knows.....with a real strong hint that Aunt May has figured it out



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.78
I don't think enough is being made of Emma Stone, who is such a breath of fresh air compared to Kirsten Dunst. I loved that they mostly did away with the "damsel in distress" motif, which was done to death in all of the Raimi films.

I could have done without the dragged-out origin, but this is a big thumbs up from me!

    Originally posted by SchippeWreck

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    So...theories on the identity of the guy in the credits scene? Norman? He's not known for wearing a hat.



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I also don't remember Norman having any association with Peter's parents. I guess they COULD re-interpret Norman for these films if they really wanted to, especially since there hasn't been any sign of Harry.


So yeah, bring on the sequel. And purely judging by the heavy emphasis on cross-genetics in this first movie, I'm going to guess we'll see The Scorpion in ASM 2.




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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.88
    Originally posted by MonteCarl
    His mask does come off a few times, but none of which I thought were "Spiderman 2 on the train scene" bad. By the end of the movie, 4 people know his identity, but one of them is dead, one is a little kid, and one is in prison, so really only 1 person knows.....with a real strong hint that Aunt May has figured it out


May definitely seems to have figured it out already, considering he came home with all the bruises for a few weeks now. And iirc she gave him a look when Spidey was mentioned on tv.

The mask thing. I sort of disagree. He took his mask off too much. "I'm walking down the sewers and the evil guy might be around the corner. Let me take it off so my hair can breathe"

At least the train scene made sense as to why it came off.




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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
I don't think Andrew Garfield took the mask off any more than Tobey Maguire did in any of his movies. Look, it's just how it is. That full mask will never stay on the actor in a Spider-Man movie. The actor doesn't want it always on, the director doesn't want it, the studio doesn't want it. The Spidey mask doesn't allow you to see the actor emote and thus they'll always find a way to take it off so you can see your handsome Spider-Man actor's face. Doesn't matter how it is in the comic book. This is just how it is in the movies.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.78
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    I don't think Andrew Garfield took the mask off any more than Tobey Maguire did in any of his movies. Look, it's just how it is. That full mask will never stay on the actor in a Spider-Man movie. The actor doesn't want it always on, the director doesn't want it, the studio doesn't want it. The Spidey mask doesn't allow you to see the actor emote and thus they'll always find a way to take it off so you can see your handsome Spider-Man actor's face. Doesn't matter how it is in the comic book. This is just how it is in the movies.


Yeah, full-on masks just aren't done in movies. They even get around this in Iron Man by constantly having camera shots of Robert Downey Jr.'s face inside the helmet. It really is all about emoting.

This, of course, makes me wonder what Fox is going to do with Deadpool in a couple of years.




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#18 Posted on
    Originally posted by dMp


    The mask thing. I sort of disagree. He took his mask off too much. "I'm walking down the sewers and the evil guy might be around the corner. Let me take it off so my hair can breathe"

    At least the train scene made sense as to why it came off.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.23
    Originally posted by dMp
      Originally posted by The King of Keith
      I enjoyed it more than any of the Raimi films. No lectures from Aunt May about the world needing heroes, no cringe worthy "we're New Yorkers" lines, and no dancing.



    Really? I rolled my eyes at the part where the guy he saved earlier got to call his buddies and do their thing. That was very "we're New Yorkers" to me.





It was not as bad as random strangers throwing things at the Green Goblin saying "we're New Yorkers, you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us" or the train scene in Spider-Man 2. Those two scenes made me cringe. For me, the crane scene made sense, because he HAD helped his son and the construction worker was trying to return the favor. It didn't seem as forced as the Raimi movies.

I agree with Schippe. The Raimi movies have not aged well at ALL. I tried watching Spider-Man 2 again this weekend. Let me say that I loved that movie when it came out and saw it 3 times in the theatre. This weekend I was disappointed that it did not have the same glow.





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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.15
    Originally posted by The King of Keith
      Originally posted by dMp
        Originally posted by The King of Keith
        I enjoyed it more than any of the Raimi films. No lectures from Aunt May about the world needing heroes, no cringe worthy "we're New Yorkers" lines, and no dancing.



      Really? I rolled my eyes at the part where the guy he saved earlier got to call his buddies and do their thing. That was very "we're New Yorkers" to me.





    It was not as bad as random strangers throwing things at the Green Goblin saying "we're New Yorkers, you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us" or the train scene in Spider-Man 2. Those two scenes made me cringe. For me, the crane scene made sense, because he HAD helped his son and the construction worker was trying to return the favor. It didn't seem as forced as the Raimi movies.

    I agree with Schippe. The Raimi movies have not aged well at ALL. I tried watching Spider-Man 2 again this weekend. Let me say that I loved that movie when it came out and saw it 3 times in the theatre. This weekend I was disappointed that it did not have the same glow.




Haven't seen The Amazing Spider-Man yet, but if I can say a word here:

Clearly, this is a minority opinion, but I actually liked the "you mess with one of us" and the train scenes. I like it when nameless civilians actually participate in what's going on, other than simply dodging laser bolts, ducking for cover, running like hell and screaming a lot.

Besides, the "you mess with us" scene sure beats having an ending based around the World Trade Center, which was the original plan prior to 9/11 and obviously had to be removed. That's another thing: Even if the scene is a bit cheesy in retrospect, it makes sense in context.



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