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The first reviews of The Amazing Spider-Man have started to swing in from across the sea

Jun. 21, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN had its premiere last night in London, and the general consensus is that it's a pretty good movie. On a deeper level, the general consensus seems to be that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is mainly about the love story between Peter Parker/Emma Stone with some action elements thrown in, rather than the other way around. Which might be refreshing for some, and piss some others the f*** off, but either way it's the SPIDER-MAN movie we now have and I'm all the more interested to see it for myself.

As The Telegraph (4/5) puts it, "the film’s second half offers more than enough bungee-swinging through Manhattan’s concrete canyons, immaculately rendered in vertiginous, silky-smooth 3D, to satisfy thrill-seekers of either sex. What’s refreshing is how Webb makes those action sequences count: with a plot that rests almost entirely on the romance between his two leads."

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And here are some selected reviews from across the board:

Time Out London (4/5): Webb and the film’s writers have done a smart job of making a snappy blockbuster with few obvious pretensions: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is light on its feet and feels both intimate and expansive, smoothly making the transition from hanging out in school corridors to hanging off the sides of buildings. Webb offers no radical rethink about how to craft a comic-book summer movie, but still he delivers a enjoyable rush over a patchwork of genres – romance, action, sci-fi, horror and comedy (there’s almost one for every leg of a spider) – while avoiding bumps at the joins... ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ feels like a romcom upgraded to include 3D and industrial cobwebs.

The Guardian (4/5): "Webb successfully treads a fine line between keeping the hardcore superhero-movie fans happy and injecting a dose of meaningful affect... In re-engineering Parker into the introspective, uncertain male more typical of his previous film, Webb is aided by a terrific performance from Andrew Garfield, who brings a genial unflappability that allows him to negotiate the often-ludicrous demands of the superhero plotline... It's the successul synthesis of the two – action and emotion – that means this Spider-Man is as enjoyable as it is impressive: Webb's control of mood and texture is near faultless as his film switches from teenage sulks to exhilarating airborne pyrotechnics.

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SFX (4/5): Even when he’s hunting down villains, he’s still just a teenager, living in the real world, dealing with everyday problems, and the film captures that enduring Spidey spirit perfectly... the broad strokes are familiar, but the details are intriguingly shuffled, amended, expanded and reinvented... Andrew Garfield is brilliant. Whether his slightly less nerdy, but slightly more nervy Peter Parker is better than Tobey Maguire’s is debatable, but his Spider-Man is magnificent... Emma Stone is possibly even more impressive as Gwen Stacy, mainly because she triumphs over a rather blandly-written role... There’s a brilliant score from James Horner too. For the first time in many a year, you may be humming a superhero film theme tune on the way home.

Total Film (4/5): "A young buck made testy by grief, a rebel without a comb, Garfield nails all bases here, star DNA aglow. Stare-y eyes melting, he’s winningly earnest; lithe of physique, he delivers in the dust-ups; blithely gatecrashing Gwen Stacy’s bedroom, he gives good dreamboat.  And like any story worth telling, this one’s still 'all about a girl'... Enter Emma Stone, weapon of sassy destruction as arch and direct, confident yet relatable first Spidey-love Stacy... The wall-to-wall ruckuses leave the “untold story” of Peter’s parents largely untold, its threads left loose in a fashion that frustrates given how many story strands here were unthreaded in 2002... It isn’t perfect but this reboot’s wins outweigh its wobbles. The leads charm, the action crackles and the grooves are well-laid for part two. Untold story? Next time, then."

London Evening Standard (2/5): "Director Marc Webb aims for a new realism, stripping away the brio of Sam Raimi's 2002 version with Tobey Maguire.  He also dispenses with much of the character and sass that always made this character fun. It's not Garfield's fault: he is a convincingly troubled, inarticulate Peter Parker, a springily athletic Spider-Man, and has awesome hair. His greatest enemy is the script. That, and the rather wearisome 3D.  Webb's film is slow on plot, skimpy on character development... Webb saves up most of the emotional punch for a downbeat, wet-eyed ending in which Garfield and Stone are superb."

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As for those of you who, like me, were never quite convinced by this movie's realization of The Lizard:

The Guardian (4/5): "It's only towards the end, when there is no choice but to revert to CGI – as Rhys Ifans' Lizard goes on the rampage – that The Amazing Spider-Man gets a little less amazing: artoony reptilian carnage has just lost its power to enthral if it's rather obviously happening inside a computer."

SFX (4/5): "Rhys Ifans is fine as Curt Connors, and does his best as The Lizard, but there‘s nothing special about him as an opponent. He’s not even a particularly well-visualised villain, blandly designed and often falling foul of some of the film’s less convincing CG. It’s a real shame that with so much invention going into the rest of this movie makeover the villain feels so off-the-shelf." 

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8:49AM on 06/25/2012
Its still a bit early but its sitting at 91% at RT as of today. I'm sensing a lot of humble pie will be eaten in a couple weeks.
Its still a bit early but its sitting at 91% at RT as of today. I'm sensing a lot of humble pie will be eaten in a couple weeks.
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8:07AM on 06/22/2012

Passing off as critics?

How are these people passing off as critics? They are in comparison to Parez Hilton and the kid reviewer on the Today show. These aren't people we consider critics. The movie is going to be boring, the one liners are more cheesy than Raimi's and it has too much teen angst and love story mixed in with "boo hoo i'm different" whining peter. With horrible cg in the end and not enough attention to action or the villain this movie will be one of the worst superhero movies since, green lantern. That
How are these people passing off as critics? They are in comparison to Parez Hilton and the kid reviewer on the Today show. These aren't people we consider critics. The movie is going to be boring, the one liners are more cheesy than Raimi's and it has too much teen angst and love story mixed in with "boo hoo i'm different" whining peter. With horrible cg in the end and not enough attention to action or the villain this movie will be one of the worst superhero movies since, green lantern. That is what this movie is, green lantern with a red and blue coating.
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3:51PM on 06/22/2012
I love when people talk about all of the things that make a movie horrible and they haven't even seen it yet.
I love when people talk about all of the things that make a movie horrible and they haven't even seen it yet.
3:26AM on 06/22/2012
I'm still interested in seeing this but I'm just not sure how good it will be, I don't think it could ever be as bad as Spiderman 3 so at least there's that..... oh and on a side note I'm really not liking the changes to this site, oh well I'll get over it I guess.
I'm still interested in seeing this but I'm just not sure how good it will be, I don't think it could ever be as bad as Spiderman 3 so at least there's that..... oh and on a side note I'm really not liking the changes to this site, oh well I'll get over it I guess.
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12:14AM on 06/22/2012

Everyone...

Shut your butts up.. You all hating on it and you haven't seen it yet.. You all were so exciting for Prometheus and it turned out to be boring and dumb. I'm excited.. I't looks awesome!
Shut your butts up.. You all hating on it and you haven't seen it yet.. You all were so exciting for Prometheus and it turned out to be boring and dumb. I'm excited.. I't looks awesome!
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8:43PM on 06/21/2012
The article states that "The Amazing Spider-Man is mainly about the love story between Peter Parker/Emma Stone with some action elements thrown in, rather than the other way around." The article states that the studio skimps on the CGI quality. This movie keeps reminding me of the CW's Smallville. If it is like Smallville, the film will have an audience. However, I shall not be part of that audience, and many serious comicfans will also not be. Teenaged angst is a part of the Spider-Man saga.
The article states that "The Amazing Spider-Man is mainly about the love story between Peter Parker/Emma Stone with some action elements thrown in, rather than the other way around." The article states that the studio skimps on the CGI quality. This movie keeps reminding me of the CW's Smallville. If it is like Smallville, the film will have an audience. However, I shall not be part of that audience, and many serious comicfans will also not be. Teenaged angst is a part of the Spider-Man saga. But, the story does not pander. And, it does not turn an adventure tale into a soap opera.
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6:48PM on 06/21/2012
I kinda knew this would be a good movie (its would be hard to make a bad spider-man origin movie), but it still feels unnecessary to repeat the origin story. It may be good, but Raimi will always be known for creating the "classic" spider-man movie.
I kinda knew this would be a good movie (its would be hard to make a bad spider-man origin movie), but it still feels unnecessary to repeat the origin story. It may be good, but Raimi will always be known for creating the "classic" spider-man movie.
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2:45PM on 06/21/2012
They could have used traditional make-up and effects for the Lizard and made him for scary then using CGI imo. I still have mixed feelings for this movie. I want to be really excited for this but for some reason the films looks average.
They could have used traditional make-up and effects for the Lizard and made him for scary then using CGI imo. I still have mixed feelings for this movie. I want to be really excited for this but for some reason the films looks average.
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1:38PM on 06/21/2012
Considering I really dont care about the love interest in these type of movies,I care about villain/hero, this is bad news for me
Considering I really dont care about the love interest in these type of movies,I care about villain/hero, this is bad news for me
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12:01PM on 06/21/2012
And British critics are notoriously stuffy when it comes to action and superhero movies.

I've been blown away by some of the recent trailers and commercials. I still hate Sony for rushing this movie into production to keep the rights from going back to Marvel....but if Marc Webb & Co. have made a fresh, entertaining take on the franchise, I'm with 'em.
And British critics are notoriously stuffy when it comes to action and superhero movies.

I've been blown away by some of the recent trailers and commercials. I still hate Sony for rushing this movie into production to keep the rights from going back to Marvel....but if Marc Webb & Co. have made a fresh, entertaining take on the franchise, I'm with 'em.
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12:04PM on 06/21/2012
Well put!!
Well put!!
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11:52AM on 06/21/2012

Not going to lie

I kind of want to see this movie. However, I am scared because I really hate bad CGI.

I really feel like CGI has not been perfected yet. I think CGI should be used to enhance practical effects (like they did with Doc Ock).

I also don't mind CGI when it's used to enhance a background.

So overall, I think it should only be used as an enhencer. Don't get me wrong, there are exceptions to the rule. Some films use a lot of CGI successfully but I feel like MOST of the time films are not
I kind of want to see this movie. However, I am scared because I really hate bad CGI.

I really feel like CGI has not been perfected yet. I think CGI should be used to enhance practical effects (like they did with Doc Ock).

I also don't mind CGI when it's used to enhance a background.

So overall, I think it should only be used as an enhencer. Don't get me wrong, there are exceptions to the rule. Some films use a lot of CGI successfully but I feel like MOST of the time films are not successful when they over use CGI.

Example of great CGI character: Gollum
Example of bad CGI character: Jar Jar Binks (and I am not even talking about his personality, the character didn't look real, he didn't look like he was really there).

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11:36AM on 06/21/2012
Wow, the majority of critics actually like it! I'm going to see it on Monday and am crossing my fingers but not expecting too much. There are bits and pieces from the promos that I think the movie got really right (Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker cracking wise, his chemistry with Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors) and bits I'm not a giant fan of yet (the costume design, CGI, the implication that Peter Parker became Spider-Man by design instead of accidentally coming into the role and
Wow, the majority of critics actually like it! I'm going to see it on Monday and am crossing my fingers but not expecting too much. There are bits and pieces from the promos that I think the movie got really right (Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker cracking wise, his chemistry with Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors) and bits I'm not a giant fan of yet (the costume design, CGI, the implication that Peter Parker became Spider-Man by design instead of accidentally coming into the role and some music video-esque shots) but overall, I cannot wait till Monday.
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11:24AM on 06/21/2012

Superman Returns Flashbacks

Reminds me of the kind of reviews that Superman Returns got when it was first showed and everyone loved it...and then everybody hated it.
Reminds me of the kind of reviews that Superman Returns got when it was first showed and everyone loved it...and then everybody hated it.
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9:47AM on 06/21/2012
4/5 is good in my book.
4/5 is good in my book.
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9:46AM on 06/21/2012
Red-Boxer . . .
Red-Boxer . . .
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9:41AM on 06/21/2012
The Amazing Spider-Man feels like a romcom upgraded to include 3D and industrial cobwebs.

That statement is supposed to be a positive? It actually makes me want to see it less.
The Amazing Spider-Man feels like a romcom upgraded to include 3D and industrial cobwebs.

That statement is supposed to be a positive? It actually makes me want to see it less.
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9:14AM on 06/21/2012
Not surprised to hear that Garfield is fantastic. Glad to see its getting positive buzz. I used to be one of the hard-core spidey bashers on this site but have long since changed my tune and will give this film a chance. I think the rest of the naysayers need to grow up and do the same.
Not surprised to hear that Garfield is fantastic. Glad to see its getting positive buzz. I used to be one of the hard-core spidey bashers on this site but have long since changed my tune and will give this film a chance. I think the rest of the naysayers need to grow up and do the same.
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9:11AM on 06/21/2012

I Agree

The film is a real good surprise (maybe because I wasn't expecting anything!).
There are a few things missing like the 'Great Power, Great Responsibilities' line, the Daily Buggles (and JJJ)... But overall it's pretty good entertainment and Garfield is far better than Maguire (event though it's more Ultimate than 616 Spidey).
The film is a real good surprise (maybe because I wasn't expecting anything!).
There are a few things missing like the 'Great Power, Great Responsibilities' line, the Daily Buggles (and JJJ)... But overall it's pretty good entertainment and Garfield is far better than Maguire (event though it's more Ultimate than 616 Spidey).
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8:57AM on 06/21/2012

Blows

The movie is going to suck balls. Horrible cg in the second half mixed with a plot focused "entirely on the romance between his two leads". To those saying "OMG Horner!!" Would you go see and Adam Sandler movie if he did the score? What about Meet the spartans 2? The composer is not a reason to see a movie.

I really think the guy who gave this a 2/5 will be agreed with the most. Those saying 4/5 are nuts, no way in hell could this be great but not perfect.
The movie is going to suck balls. Horrible cg in the second half mixed with a plot focused "entirely on the romance between his two leads". To those saying "OMG Horner!!" Would you go see and Adam Sandler movie if he did the score? What about Meet the spartans 2? The composer is not a reason to see a movie.

I really think the guy who gave this a 2/5 will be agreed with the most. Those saying 4/5 are nuts, no way in hell could this be great but not perfect.
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8:41AM on 06/21/2012

Had no idea Horner did the score.

I'm looking forward to seeing it but still not massively ecstatic cause it's only been 5 years since the last film. Glad to hear it should be really good though.
I'm looking forward to seeing it but still not massively ecstatic cause it's only been 5 years since the last film. Glad to hear it should be really good though.
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8:18AM on 06/21/2012

Meh...

I dunno. I just don't feel excited about this at all. I honestly don't even have interest to check it out in theaters. I'm not just saying that to be a hater or a douche. I'm sure there are aspects I might like, but I just can't help but not feel excited about this.

I think it might just be because I really liked the Raimi films and this just feels too soon.

I still would have rather seen a fourth Spidey film from Raimi if they gave him Christopher Nolan levels of control over the
I dunno. I just don't feel excited about this at all. I honestly don't even have interest to check it out in theaters. I'm not just saying that to be a hater or a douche. I'm sure there are aspects I might like, but I just can't help but not feel excited about this.

I think it might just be because I really liked the Raimi films and this just feels too soon.

I still would have rather seen a fourth Spidey film from Raimi if they gave him Christopher Nolan levels of control over the film.

Plus all of the previews had made the Lizard look kind of... Not interesting...

Maybe I should just give it a chance and not be a bitch about it, aha.
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7:58AM on 06/21/2012

Wait, wait, wait...


James Horner?!

James Horner?!
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