Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man gets one last trailer. In summer 2012, it clearly suffers from the 'middle-child syndrome'.

This frankly isn't nearly as impressive as the first teaser, mainly because it doesn't add much other than to reveal some pretty big third-act spoilers (including two massive hints about the film's finale).  The interplay between Garfield and Stone is still pretty solid, and it's nice that the film A) has them get together pretty early on and B) apparently has her learn his secret at least by act three (again, why spoil that?).  Dennis Leary barely gets any dialogue this time around, which is good since he seems to be giving the film's worst performance.  The focus this time around is on the official super-villain, The Lizard (Rhys Ifans), with plenty of meaty shots of the green-skinned menace.  The web-slinging action still looks pretty terrific and the film looks visually dynamic (it has a richer and crisper picture than the relatively flat The Avengers).  At its core, the problem with The Amazing Spider-Man at this point in the game is two-fold.  First of all, it still doesn't look different enough from the Sam Raimi trilogy to justify a corporate-mandated reboot.  Second of all, it is sandwiched between what is arguably the 'ultimate comic book movie' (The Avengers) and the 'ultimate comic book film' (The Dark Knight Rises).  In comparison, the Marc Webb picture just seems like a kids' flick in comparison, a young do-gooder not fit to play with the grown-ups in tights.  Anyway, The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 3rd.  As always, we'll see.

Scott Mendelson


Bulldog said...

It is so funny, but the way you felt about the Dark Knight trailer is the way I feel about this one. I was on the fence about the new Spidey, but this trailer to me, looks nothing like Raimi's world. I love the "small knife" line, and Andrew delivers it with the aplomb and sarcasm that I felt was missing in Tobey's delivery. Spidey's biggest foe is not The Lizard, it's The Bat is, and to me this trailer signifies that they won't go gentle into that good night. It looks great.

Scott Mendelson said...

I was impressed by the first trailer, less-so with this one. On one hand, it looks like the action scenes are going to be terrific. On the other hand, it feels like Webb is trying way too hard to pad out the whole 'secrets of Peter's father' shtick in order to justify basically retelling the origin. I'll be the first to eat crow if it turns out to be good, that I promise...


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