Mini Movie Review - The Amazing Spider-Man

I don't normally due movie reviews here, but it's my blog and I feel like a little rant on this movie.

We rented this from iTunes last night. And I'm really not sure what to make of it. On the one hand, I liked this portrayal of Spider-Man more than the Tobey Maguire version. I liked the look of the film a lot but at the same time, I didn't like how most of the movie seemed to take place at night. I liked the more traditional Marvel portrayal of the character in a lot of ways. I liked Gwen Stacey being in it instead of Mary-Jane.

But, holy crap, Oscorp has the worst security in the entire world. That one scene where Peter just grabbed another guy's ID tag and the receptionist let it happen so totally took me out of the film. Yeah, yeah, it's fiction and fantasy and in a film where cross-species genetic splicing is the main plot device I suppose I shouldn't nitpick about a security badge, but pretty much every scene at Oscorp totally destroyed my suspension of disbelief because it was all-too-easy for Peter to just wander around the building.

The character motivations of the villains confused the daylights out of me. Was I supposed to understand why Lizard Dude, who was so against human trials of his serum, just suddenly decided to inject himself with it? Because I did not understand it, and then after that, I couldn't get into why he was the bad guy when it seemed obvious to me that the people who were threatening him were the real bad guys. Maybe that will come up in the sequel, but I thought this was a particularly weak villain with inexplicable motivation.

And my wife turned to me at the end of the film and said, "So if spraying that stuff over the city cured the lizard guy, why didn't it take away Spider-Man's powers too?"

So, I dunno. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.


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