Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Director: Marc Webb
C. Thomas Howell
Watched a 2D version in the cinema, and now the aftertaste is quite irony since the redux deliberately put an “amazing” in its title, the storyline basically sticks together with Sam Reimi’s first instalment, parents left him, grew up with uncle and auntie, bitten by the spider, uncle died, a mad scientist with a genetic mutation, blah blah blah… (and finally, save the world and lose the girl).
Bully scenes are as stale as anyone could imagine, and what makes me sick is the blatant boosting of worship of “the strongest the best” principle (e.g. Flash’s inferior stance of friendship after being humiliated by Peter Park’s basketball antics), if this is the canon Hollywood mainstream products consistently not only inculcate Americans’ minds, but also export to elsewhere, for which the dictatorial tone really should come under the lash. Competitiveness is beneficial in certain amount, but it is not the most chief way to gain success and fame, period!
The biggest feat of this reboot is that they find a rather right couple to enliven the tedious plot, Garfield and Stone both have captivating charisma even though they all have long passed the high-schooler’s age, and they are plainly adorable on screen, they can hone up all the hoarse dialogues to a much pleasant tier which one can properly endure with a blithe smile. The villain, Rhys Ifans does make an impact, but hurdled by the role’s curbed dimension, barely could be claimed memorable. Let me skip Sheen & Field pair thereafter.
About the CGI visual stunts, I remembered the teasing trailer did impress me with its close-up intimacy with all the spider-jumping and swinging, but in the film, luckily the night-time environment has an edgy to the spider-man dangling among the concrete jungle. even without 3D glasses, the vertiginous effect is pretty intimidating, but cannot be completely satisfied.
Director Marc Webb, from (500) DAYS OF SUMMER (2009) proves to be no more than a qualified hacker, no superimposition shots this time. Anyway it’s typical Hollywood prerogative, we detest it while being ensnared to its resource cornucopia, a dilemma which we have to ruefully swallow.