The Movie: 7.5/10
I enjoyed almost everything about The Amazing Spider-man. It didn’t thrill me much though. That’s why it’s kind of flowing around in my memory without much fanfare. I look back and find some cool origin moments. “I’m becoming a hybrid human spider thing.” montage comes along at the right time, it just falls a little short of being exciting, inspiring, fun. It had a goof factor that was turned up just a few bits too much. That might be the thing that holds this movie back from me really loving it, the too frequent comedy tossed into what could have been an amazingly dark and thoughtfully told story. Yes, AMAZING.
I like the cast, everyone from Peter, Auntie, Uncle, female love interest, villain, all quality and appropriate. I have always disliked Mary Jane with immenseness, so getting her out of this telling makes this installment soooo much better for me. Let’s keep this trend, good cast, palatable characters, and a more serious tone, but without the cheek.
I mentioned that I would like more darkness. That’s not to say the style of The Amazing Spider-man doesn’t have a dark surface. It’s not goofy overall, but not purely gritty. I like a more committed direction for my super hero movies. Be creepy and have depth of human struggles, or be a lively version of a comic book with cheek and goof and smartassness. There isn’t a happy middle for me, so that’s where this movie suffers ever so slightly.
The special effects are pretty darn good. Not overly noticeable rag-doll syndrome for the CGI creatures and people. Some pretty good (if not too long) fight sequences pepper the tale of Spider-man’s self discovery and finding a way to defeat a newly created foe. I can do without the long violent scenes. I don’t dislike violence in movies, sometimes it’s integral to the story. For a long drawn out battle with two relatively tough and strong creatures I need something interesting, not just throwing and pounding and struggling.
I had a good movie watching experience, so that’s what counts for a fun making movie. It didn’t make a huge impact on my film brain catalog of memories. That requires something pretty special, or bold, or profound. I don’t think I’ll find that in any incarnations of the story of a young bitten by a genetically modified spider.
- Rite Of Passage The Amazing Spider Man Reborn – An almost 2 hour making of feature comprised of a bunch of smaller featurettes. This covers all aspects of the movies production including the casting and previz.
- Pre Viz Sequences – A full 39 minutes of pre visualization sequences, all of this is set to music and could be quite tedious to watch all in one sitting. Thankfully it’s broken up into different chapters.
- Image Progression Reels – How the scenes in the movie ended up looking as good as they did. These reels take you from the raw footage to the final CGI shots you see in the final film. Most of these have commentary from the speical effects team.
- Deleted Scenes – 17 minutes of deleted scenes most of them are extended versions of the ones seen in the movie.
- Audio Commentary With Marc Webb, Avi Arad & Matt Tolmach – If you wanted to know why they rebooted Spider man so quickly it’s all explained in this commentary. This is a very good informative commentary I was quite surprised with how much I learned.
- Stunt Rehearsals – An amazing look at the raw footage of stunt men actually performing the swinging that Spiderman is famous for. This surprised me as I thought it was all computer generated.
- The Oscorp Archives – Lots of production art arranged in an easy to use gallery.
- Second Screen App – Sony’s second screen app lets you access concept art, 3D digital models and production shots. This works with Ipad and Sony tablets. Which actually means it works on Ipad or any Android tablet.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
The cover is fine, I wouldn’t have it as a poster though. It’s kind of boring to me. It is what it is. The menu, pretty much the same. It’s themed navigation, functional and fine.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Despite being a very dark shadowy movie Sony have given us a pristine looking transfer here, The Amazing Spider Man was digitally filmed and actually looks like it was shot on film. Shadow detail is rich and Spider Mans suit looks super colorful swinging through Manhattan at night. There are no signs of ringing or blocking making this one of the transfers to beat this year.
The Amazing Spider Man’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack is much more than I expected. I actually had to lower the volume slightly as this mix is LOUD. The sound of Spider Man’s new mechanical web shooters is not only subtle but boombastic at the same time. A scene late in the movie features a major rainstorm that makes you feel like your in the center of it.
Overall while I was not blown away by the movie, the presentation here is not to be scoffed at, packed with extras and with an awesome visual and audio experience Spider Man is a lot of fun.
For a good time call Spidey. I mean, come on, it’s Spider-man. A dude in a tight suit who beats up bad guys and had some deep self doubt, a frustrated love life, and great devotion to and from his Aunt. You like it? You’ll watch it again and again, so it will be worth the price tag.
Overall Score 7.5/10