Just saw 'Amazing Spider-Man'. A perfectly cromulent summer popcorn flick. I'm not going to get into a big comparison between this and Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie. All I'll say on that front is that CGI action scenes have come a long way in 10 short years. Those fight scenes were great. I also wanted to say that Emma Stone has never looked hotter. Something about the fact that Gwen Stacy was always wearing knee-high socks/boots in every scene just did it for me... but I digress...
(Probably the poorest example from the film, but the only photo example I could find)
There were only two things in the movie that really took me out of the experience and ruined my suspension of disbelief:
1. Peter Parker uses 'Bing' as his search engine.
Never in a million years will I accept the fact that anyone under the age of 35, much less a science nerd, would use Bing as a search engine. I know it's a minor thing, and they probably got a lot of money for the product placement, but it was just totally unrealistic. And I know how ridiculous that sounds for a super hero movie.
2. Peter talks to Gwen on his cell phone whilst in a sewer with perfect reception.
There are some rooms in my own house where I can't get decent cell phone reception. Yet I'm supposed to believe that Ol' Web Head can get 5 bars in an underground concrete tunnel? Ridiculous.
Other random thoughts:
- Lizard looked fine on film, not cartoony or anything. But he did look waaaaaaay more like Killer Croc from DC comics than Lizard from Marvel.
- I liked that they eschewed the organic web-shooters in favor of the mechanical versions. More true to the comics. But, I kept waiting for a mid-swing empty web cartridge that never came.
- I'd love to see high schoolers portrayed by actors under the age of 25 sometime.
- Sally Field was fine as Aunt May. But it bugged me way more than it should have that she didn't have white/gray hair.
Overall I suppose I mostly had a bit of deja vu watching this movie. It was understandably similar to the first Raimi Spider-Man, but had enough differences to make it seem fresh. Less campy than the earlier takes, although the Stan Lee cameo was in there. Definitely had some major plot holes in the sense of dropped plot points. I guess I want to say it felt like I had just seen this movie. 10 years was probably too soon to reboot. But hey, you've gotta do what you've gotta do to hang onto those valuable character rights.
What did you guys think?