Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New "The Amazing Spider-Man" Trailer Hits



Thoughts and reactions after the jump.

Well, the title certainly does this trailer justice. Simply amazing. Which is unfortunate for me in some ways. My Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire loyalty had me wanting this movie to fail. So, after watching this, let me just sweep that under the rug and get excited for the movie.

I have to say, as far as the preview shows, I'm really digging the tone of this movie. Much less cheese than the Raimi films. It's almost like superhero movie directors are finally taking notes on The Dark Knight. This trailer strikes a nice balance between the comic-relief we expect from Spider-Man while at the same time resonating a darker, grittier texture than what we see in most superhero films.

The special effects look to have made a jump forward since the previous franchise, which is to be expected. Notably, the CG work with The Lizard implies special attention paid to detail, something I feel was lacking with the villains in much of Spider-Man 3. I'm really hoping the movie drops the first-person shooter style we saw in the previous teaser trailer. I heard that sequence was made just for the teaser and ultimately wasn't going to be in the actual movie. I sure hope that's true, because based on this trailer, the movie is looking good, and that first-person sequence has the ability to level the movie on its own.

While I'm not too crazy on the pattern happening on the gloves of Spidey's suit (they look a little busy), the overall surface quality of the suit looks durable, which i like. It creates a less spandexy appearance while at the same time remaining faithfully spandexy...if that makes any sense?

I'm pleased to know the plot will be going into Peter's parents' back story a bit. This is something I've always been interested in learning more about.

My only criticism: why does Spider-Man end up with his mask off all the time? The actors get to show their pretty face off as Peter Parker, we don't need that face as Spider-Man. Seriously, stop doing it.

Also, on a side note, something about that scene where Spider-Man is in the backseat of a car talking to a criminal in the front seat feels fantastically 80's to me. I can't quite put my finger on why that is.

And finally, I think I have to preemptively retract the statements and worries I had for this project that you will soon hear in our upcoming podcast post. This movie just swung near the top of my Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 list.