The Amazing Spider-Man (***3/4)
Spidey is snarky
Andrew and Emma are cute
DEFINITE SPOILERS AHEAD! I really wanted to like this movie, guys. I really did. The previews were promising, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone totally look the part, and I'm so on board for Peter joining up with the Avengers (regardless of how impossible that might be at the moment). But when I find myself thinking about how much a movie is dragging while I'm in the middle of it, I know it's not going to rate very high up on my list.
The characters were not the problem in this movie, although there might have been too many juggling for attention. Andrew did a good job as Peter (although there were times where I didn't quite believe in his nerdy awkwardness), Emma was lovely and witty as always, and Rhys Ifans did a good job as Dr. Curt Conners. But when the CG was turned on, it was turned on to 11—and that made for distracting viewing. Particularly the first-person scenes. I don't go to the movies to feel like I'm playing a video game. And the look of the Lizard felt totally wrong.
One of the worst parts of the movie was the music. In itself, it wouldn't have been bad, but there were more than a few parts in which it was doing battle with the action and sounding a tad too sweepingly lovely to fit with a masked superhero swinging through New York City.
What did I like, other than the acting? The plot wasn't too bad, although it did drag a bit at times; we got to see some new (to film) characters and story lines. The movie looked really fancy, too.
On the whole, it had a lot I potential, which is why, I think, I'm so disappointed in the way I feel after seeing it.
P.S.—Happy Fourth of July! Be careful with your celebrations, friends.