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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Movies: The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Posted by Unknown , , No comments

If you made it through that trailer, then you know that this is Marc Webb's interpretation of Spider-Man--one of the most anticipated reboots of 2012. Unfortunately, I'm not entirely sold on what we are watching. The trailer definitely creates a sort of "mini-movie" feel showing the unfortunate origins that Peter was forced to grow up with. Moreover, the trailer tries to make the statement that THIS will be a darker version and YOU should love, but because it spins such a dark tale for a character who has an origin of being snarky and witty, I'm left feeling that the creative team is just trying to make a Spider-Man version of Nolan's The Dark Knight.

This is the Spider-Man I grew up with, and the one that I loved. Raimi's trailer is clearly marketed toward a 2002 audience. One that hasn't seen Batman Begins yet and one that doesn't live in the shadows of the awful Spider-Man 3. This trailer is fun and has a series of quick cuts. More importantly, we see our Spider-Man in the first 20 seconds of the trailer rather than being teased for 2 minutes and 20 seconds and then a quick glimpse of Garfield in the costume. We all know he's going to be Spider-man, Mr. Webb, so just show it to us.

My other problem with Webb's trailer [I'm only judging trailers not movies since one is not out yet] is that I just don't get the sense that I can get behind Garfield at all. Peter Parker represents the every man. A brilliant kid with really bad luck and when he gets super powers, his bad luck still rears its ugly head. In Raimi's trailer, we get a really fun Parker who loves the girl but can't quite be with her because of his new responsibilities. But rather than be brooding like Garfield [0:30] he makes jokes with Ben, Aunt May, and the viewers can laugh along.

After watching 2:30 of the new Spider-Man trailer, I'm supposed to feel something for this reboot. Instead, I just feel like I'll stay home and watch Spider-Man 2 on Blu-Ray.