Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man 2D

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As I may have mentioned just a few times, I was desperate to see this film, desperate enough in fact that I was even considering making my first ever solo trip to the cinema which would have ended in this post being about an entirely different thing. As it turned out, most likely because I kept complaining, my mum said she would watch it with me so you'll have to wait a bit longer for my post on achieving my personal goal of visiting the cinema alone.

It's difficult to know where to start with this film but I guess a suitable place would be comparisons to the original trilogy. Naturally watching The Amazing Spider-Man you can't help but compare it to the 2002-2007 series starring Tobey Maguire. Although I do like the original series I was never a big fan of Tobey as Peter. This time around I think they really got Peter Parker spot on by casting Brit actor Andrew Garfield. The combination of the casting choice and the script meant that this version of Peter Parker, although still socially awkward, had a great sense of humour and was a much more likable character. Alongside Andrew there is a list of other famous names including Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, Martin Sheen and of course Emma Stone. Overall I wasn't disappointed with the casting but the big surprise was how impressed I was by Rhys Ifans portrayal of Curt Conners/the Lizard. As for how the story itself differs from the original trilogy there are quite a few changes but I actually preferred the new version of events as an origins story, it felt fresh and more complete than the previous tale.

As you can see from the title of this post I opted to watch the film in 2D rather than 3D. Now I could sit here and debate for hours about digital 3D, or repeat my dissertation to you but nobody wants to read that so what I will say is generally speaking I dislike 3D. In this case however I can see where it would have been effective (think swinging from the buildings of New York) and how it could potentially be one of the few exceptions where 3D is used successfully and purposefully. As soon as the opening credits appeared I could see how they had been designed for a 3D screening but luckily aside from that it wasn't too noticeable or distracting throughout. Another concern I had was the use of special effects and what kind of look they would go for but again I didn't find the choices to be too extreme, just enough to do the job and to do it well.

Marc Webb best known for directing 500 Days of Summer, and who also has an excellent name for this particular job, created quite beautiful work with a yellow filter effect. Usually I tend to hate bright casts over films as I find it distracting and generally not aesthetically pleasing however in this case it was so perfectly suited to the story and tone of the film that I can't object.

I'm really looking forward to seeing a second instalment (apparently scheduled for 2014) that is just as good if not better, as this latest version of the story has so much potential to really be, please excuse the pun, amazing.

Have you seen The Amazing Spider-Man yet?
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