Spiderman: The Untold Story Movie Review

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Thanks to  AXN Asia  for inviting us to the advance screening of Spiderman: The Untold Story at Shang Cineplex with free popcorn & drinks! :-) To be honest I'm not that excited to watch this movie simply because I am still hoping that Tobey Maguire will pop out any moment while watching the movie since it was in 3D but to my dismay there was no cameo appearance which is to be expected. Andrew Garfield, in my opinion doesn't have the look of a "Super hero" yet. Maybe because he's not that lean enough and he looks like a boy next door, preferably he'll best fit rom-com movies. But this is my opinion only. As for Emma Stone, she is perfect for the role. Sweet image and really classy. I love the way she dress! she is simply gorgeous. They look good as a couple. They have a lot of cute moments in the movie and I was wishing that I'm watching a Rom-Com movie instead. 

Sorry if I'm such a drag and I'm spoiling you too much with all of my dismay rants about the movie, but the movie doesn't really sound like the "untold story" of Spider-Man. What that sounds like is another spin on Peter Parker and his past. Granted Sony is going out of their way to point out that we will get new back story on Peter's parents, but that story seems pointless. Aunt May and Uncle Ben have always been the driving parental force in Parker's life, lurking around in why Peter's parents left him could end up just as a big of a waste of time as learning why Darth Vader turned to the dark side of the force (Well, let's hope its not that extreme).

The one new thing that this reboot does guarantee is a look at is the Lizard, but even this point has a bit of a drag? Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' films featured Dr. Curt Conners and seemed to be building towards an eventual showdown between the two that I always wanted to see. Now we have a whole new arc of Conners to decipher where we find out he was a partner with Peter's dad. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out whatever back story Peter discovers between his father and Dr. Curt Conners, it will fuel the fight between the Lizard and Spider-Man.

Reading this, you've probably gathered that I am not all that sold on this new spin on Spider-Man, and it seems that I'm not the only one. Sony recently unveiled a plan to screen scenes from "The Amazing Spider-Man" in select theaters around the world but of course I guess it's too late.  If Sony really wanted to generate a lot of interest, maybe they should take a note from Warner Brothers' book and attach a select scene ahead of another one of their films like "The Dark Knight Rises" was attached to the latest 'Mission: Impossible'. They only have TWO theaters in the U.S. showing these scene screenings which isn't much. 

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in tokyo for The Amazing Spider-Man Premiere 3

Maybe they're planning to have a sequel soon just to pull off this sequel but I'm not sure is Andrew Garfield will still be the Spiderman, they will of course weight things if he did well based on the gross of the movie. So, have you watched Spiderman: The Untold Story yet? if you haven't and you've read my review already, I'm sorry but you have to watch it for yourself. 

Watch the trailer here:

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