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'The Amazing Spider-Man' starring Andrew Garfield - trailer review

The Amazing Spider-Man Directed by: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans Rating: Not Yet Rated Release Date: July 3, 2012


Thoughts by TSR: Before watching this trailer, I'll admit, I was super-hyper fanboy excited about the prospect of a Spidey reboot -- and now, after seeing this trailer, I'm still excited, but I think a little more realistically so.

The first half of this trailer was fantastic; I thought it had a very Spidey-like mood and had a good/gradual dramatic swell, mostly thanks to the ever-building music. I thought the trailer ended very poorly though, and hence my not-so-super, not-so-hyper fanboy review.

The introduction of the cast was well done, as was the casting itself. Far better than what Sam Raimi and his team of bureaucratic barbarians threw up there on the screen -- Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst were so horribly miscast. I've been waiting for years for this trilogy-long gaffe to be made right, and finally it looks like it has. Alexander Garfield is the perfect Peter Parker, and Emma Stone is the perfect Gwen Stacy. The rest of the cast looks great too.

Almost all things considered, this is a great trailer...

However, I'm now slightly less excited about The Amazing Spider-Man, solely due to this trailer's final segment, with it's first-person CGI rooftop adventure. I thought it felt horribly dated and just gooey'd up to the brim with cheese. I'm really hoping it won't be in the final version of the film, or if it is, that it'll be greatly improved upon. I understand this film is scheduled to debut in 3D-IMAX, and such looks to be the motivation behind this over-the-top sequence -- yet another reason for me to hate the current 3D trend.

Let's do it right this time, spare no expense -- if any superhero needs ridiculously awesome special effects, it's Spidey -- 'nuff said!

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