One IMAX midnight release and 18 hours later, The Amazing Spider-Man movie left me thinking, meh. It didn’t wow me at all, and I was waiting 136 minutes for it to do so. This was an uninspired retelling of an origin story that we saw done ten years ago.
Sam Raimi‘s trilogy masterfully nailed the key moments that fueled the superhero inside Peter Parker, such as a thug taking the life of Uncle Ben. The previous movies had the comic book’s look and feel, while this one appeared to be aiming for a cross between Avengers and The Dark Knight.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are the heart and soul of this movie and have tremendous on-screen chemistry, but it wasn’t enough to take the movie where it needed to go. The IMAX 3D was good, but like many movies, it didn’t enhance the movie anymore or less.
I’ve always thought Tobey Maguire was a better Peter Parker than Spider-Man, and I believe Andrew Garfield is a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker. In the end, I walked out of the theater with the same thought I had when the new Nightmare On Elm Street ended. Why did they even bother?