It was spider man but it wasn’t amazing.
That was my first thought as I walked out of the theater after having seen the Amazing Spider-man. Now I realize that my opinions might come a little late as most comic book fans have already checked out the flick but I still felt I needed to weigh in on the flick. The Movie probably was affected by as many things behind the scenes as the original subject material. The star of the previous films was too old, the director wanted too much money (which seems strange that being an issue) and that this was not a “marvel” production like The Avengers was. The rights to a few properties are still held but the makers of the first movies (x-men, fantastic four and daredevil to name a few others) so a reboot that could lead to many more movies was probably on everyone’s mind, of course if that was the case it seemed odd that you would put actors to play your teenage leads who were in their thirties. I also had a problem with the choice of Aunt May and Uncle Ben, now don’t get me wrong I love Charlie Sheen and Sally Field but like a lot of the movie I was like the previous actors did a really good job and these two did not bring anything new to the roles.
Then there was the choice of villain, the lizard. I have always liked the Lizard in the comics but in the movie I thought that attempt to give him a more human face detracted from the fear factor that could have been brought.
At this point you might be thinking I really hated the movie and I did not. I liked it, especially Spidey being more sarcastic and actually funny than previous versions and if they had released it before Avengers I might have liked it even more but after Jose Whedon and Christopher Nolan’s take on the super hero genre I just feel the bar has been raised and this one did not meet the new standard.