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(NVGR) Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

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Admittedly the biggest problem with Amazing Spider-Man is something that really isn't a problem of the movie itself. That one big problem is that Spidey's origin didn't need to be retold in the first place. Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man is only 10 years old and is still very fresh in people's memory thanks to both of its sequels and its constant presence on cable television. Along with that, Spider-Man is one of the few comic book characters who's origin is already widely known by the general public (something only Batman and Superman probably share). Spidey's reboot could have been better served by simply having the web-head already established, or by doing what Incredible Hulk did and telling a cliff-noted origin during the opening credits. If you come into Amazing Spider-Man with a decent working knowledge of how Spidey's origin works, then little of this movie is going to surprise you at all. And in order to make itself stand-out in any way, Amazing ends up changing a few things here and there simply for the sake of being able to say its different even if it has little to no benefit to the story. Examples such as making Peter's father indirectly responsible for Pete getting spider-powers, changing up how Uncle Ben's murderer comes around, or that Pete himself doesn't actually make the web fluid used in his cartridges (they're just made by Oscorp). His costume is even changed up a bit simply for the sake of going “Hey, I’m different”. Yes, I know, complaining about the costume is fickle but that stupid looking 90's era styled spider-emblem on his back bugs the crap out of me.

Even with a couple of bumps in the road and a few fickle complaints here and there, The Amazing Spider-Man is a very entertaining movie. It's also one of the best 3D movies I have personally experienced yet. It's extremely refreshing to see a good new piece of Spidey entertainment especially with the bad taste of Spider-Man 3 still lingering as well as the loss of Spectacular Spider-Man.

Score: Friendly Neighborhood out of 10
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Who am I? I'm a guy who plays video games, talks way too much about comics and movies, likes Godzilla and Robocop. Why should you read my blog? Because when I write I have fun, make up bullshit lists, and when I do get a little serious with some blogs I try to be insightful and use resources and facts to try and back up my opinion as much as I can. And if you don't follow my blog, I'll send you a picture of a sad kitten who wants some love.

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