Raw Edges: “The Amazing Spider-Man?”
Jumping into my seat, I was so excited to see The Amazing Spider-Man. Question: is it amazing? I don’t really blog about movies unless an AMAZING fashion collection hits the screen, or fashion is a topic in the plot, yet I felt compelled to write about Spider-Man.
When I heard that Emma Stone, from “The Help,” and Andrew Garfield were going to be staring in the new Spider-Man film, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen. After Stone’s red carpet moment at the Academy Awards, 2012, I felt she was going to bring fire to the role. Garfield, I felt would bring that slender clean look that Spider-Man needed–he did. At the movie première, both bought golden looks to the red carpet, so how did it all fall flat.
Hollywood loves to make epic movies, and The Amazing Spiderman is part of the formula. Shuffle the deck, minus cartoonish rhetoric, and boom you have a new story. The movie swings, as spiderman does from building to building, but touching new nerves along the way. You already know what’s going to happen, you just don’t know when it will swing into action. Why make something that reeks of the original, to only obtain no new traction–money?! The new film did break box-office records.
After an amazing performance in the Academy Award nominated film, “The Help,” Stone had no lines of memorial, and no performance moment to capture movie magic. A slender more refined, Garfield fills out the Spider-Man costume like fine wine–delicious. However, the only new idea that The Amazing Spider-Man delivers is pain. The human element is really all that has changed, Spider-Man gets hurt with bumps and bruises–a man behind a mask. I see a page from “Batman Begins” really helped turn the page–just not enough.
For die-hard fans I am sure this movie will still be a hit. The only memorable moment is Stan Lee’s cameo, entirely worth the price of admission. This is only my lonely opinion, and I hope for most, this new film will not disappoint. Still watchable like every epic film, I just wish amazing was left out of the title.
What did hold me inside the film was no more Mary Jane. An actress playing a wannabe–that’s new!? I am glad we have someone with a brain to help Spider-Man this time. I am not a blockbuster movie guy, and I have never been into comics, but I do like comic book genre films. When Spider-Man hit broadway, Vogue showcased its costume design, and I lined up for my ticket. Fashion is created by rebels; outcasts who live on the edge, who create in the shadows of reality. Like fashion, comic books create fantasy for those who want to add color to our reality.
What originally drew me to these movies was the element of wonderment. A movie is a dream come to life highlighted with romanticism. That maybe the film student in me talking, but stylistic graphics dance fluidly across the screen to capture audience members. Spiderman is built on a wealth of history. Therefore, I think a departure from the original storyline would have added greater depth with stylish movie magic. Just like, Bruce Wayne learning to become a man, and IronMan taking grip of his testosterone, The Amazing Spider-Man needed to find heart.