It is Friday (yeah!) and this is one of the days that I’ve been actually waiting for since last year. Yes people, today is the day The Amazing Spiderman is released in the Philippines.
Luckily, I only have one class, a 1 PM to 2:30 PM class. I actually thought of missing that class because of the movie schedule that I reserved. I purchased one ticket (I am such a forever alone guy, I know) for the 4 PM screening of The Amazing Spiderman at IMAX Mall of Asia. I feared that I might not make it in time if I’ll attend my class. Good thing, the traffic was not that bad during that time so I kinda arrived on time for the movie. By the way, if you are wondering why I was so scared of the travelling time, well, that’s because I still come all the way from Laguna.
Oh well. I arrived at the theatre at around 4:05. I expected the movie to have started but hey, I forgot that I am in the Philippines, and as always, there will always be the effect of Filipino Time. I still got the time to buy my favorite milk tea from Gong Cha. So to say, the movie that was supposed to start at 4 PM started at around 4:20 PM.
The cinema is full! What would you expect? It is the first day of the one of the most anticipated movies of the year. I liked the vibe of this audience that I am with. So, the lights started to dim and man, The Dark Knight Rises trailer was freaking amazing in IMAX! I literally felt shivers down my spine! That just totally multiplied my excitement for that movie by epic proportions.
(Movie review is after the jump…)
The movie started. I was kinda disappointed that the screen wasn’t maximized for this movie. There were only really few scenes that filled the screens of IMAX unlike the ones that I’ve seen before. Anyway, I fell in love with the movie. I cannot say whether it was faithful to its comics because I haven’t read any of them.
The movie is almost 2 and a half hour long. This running time was used properly if you ask me. It covered up everything about our superhero. Marc Webb’s version is much more likable and, in a way, relatable as compared to Sam Raimi’s trilogy. I also felt more connection to Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman than Tobey Maguire’s. Well, that wouldn’t be a fair comparison because they had different plots.
If there would be one thing that I would commend on this movie is the relationship between Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker, played by the real-life couple, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield respectively. I wouldn’t be ashamed to say that I shipped them! LOL. Maybe it helped that what they have is real that’s why everything between them looked authentic.
Disappointingly though, Rhys Ifan’s character wasn’t fleshed out well. I kinda looked for more. He is the villain, by the way. He later on became The Lizard. We all know that Rhys is a good actor especially when he plays villain roles but in this movie it is a bit of a let-down. Maybe there’s something more in store for him on the next movie. Yes, people. The sequel to this movie is confirmed because there is a post-credit scene. If I just spoiled that for you, then sorry.
Overall, I think The Amazing Spiderman is a good move for the producers. Extending the trilogy created by Sam Raimi would be not so smart as the third movie is close to failure. The reboot got a darker and more likeable characters. Andrew is the perfect Spiderman for me, and Emma as Gwen as well. Also, Uncle Ben and Aunt May were perfect, Uncle Ben especially. They are so believable in their portrayal of really caring and over-protective guardians to Peter. What I liked most about this movie are the characters. They are human. I mean, you can feel their actions and emotions. I don’t know about others, but I did.
So yea, The Amazing Spiderman lived up to its title. It is actually amazing…