The Amazing Spider-Man Directed by: Marc Webb Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans Rating: Not Yet Rated Release Date: July 3, 2012
TRAILER SCORE: 7/10
Thoughts by TSR: I’m still having trouble mustering up much excitement for The Amazing Spider-Man. The Sam Raimi trilogy is still relatively fresh in my mind, so this just feels unnecessary. Fortunately, Sony has put together a talented creative team, and now they have this quality trailer to show for it. So while I don’t necessarily see the point, at least they aren’t phoning it in.
No matter how unnecessary this feels, I can’t deny that it has a dynamite cast. Andrew Garfield feels like a great choice for Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He looks good in glasses, so he checks out as Peter; he looks even better as Spider-Man, and clearly appears up to the physicality of the role; add in some strong chemistry with Emma Stone, and I’ll say he’s a perfectly good successor to Tobey Maguire.
As far as the film’s villain goes, Rhys Ifans is a good choice for Dr. Curt Connors/the Lizard. I wish Dylan Baker had gotten a chance, but I like what Ifans seems to be doing with the role. I’m not sure if I love the Lizard’s look, but I think the way he’s sparingly shown throughout the trailer is effective – I especially like that shot of his tail coming down behind Spider-Man in the tunnel.
There is a decent sense of humor on display – my favorite moment is probably wisecracking Spidey confronting the car thief – but it does go into brooding territory a few times. Some are good, like the gorgeous shot of Emma Stone in the rain surrounded by black umbrellas, but I could do without angsty Peter walking down the street with his hood up.
Overall, though, I’m pleasantly surprised. I don’t think the world needs The Amazing Spider-Man, but since we’re getting it, I’m glad it’s looking like it could be good.