Look out! Your "Friendly Neighbourhood" Spider-Man is back on the big screen in a major reboot! The Daily Zombies takes a final glimpse at the film ahead of its release today.
Here at The Daily Zombies, we are big fans of both comic books and films. So it goes without saying that live-action adaptations of comic book are a big feature here at The Daily Zombies. And speaking of that, Hollywood's recent fixation on adapting comic books we have known and loved into major blockbuster films has tremendously intensified this year with three massive films of that exact nature releasing this year. We have witnessed Marvel Studios' awe-inspiring, box office-smashing The Avengers. Now, before we get our chances to be astounded by Christopher Nolan's swan song to his Batman magnum opus, The Dark Knight Rises, Sony will be releasing The Amazing Spider-Man today.
On the subject of The Amazing Spider-Man, we have been covering the film since the unveiling of the first image of Andrew Garfield in the title role as Spider-Man/Peter Parker back in January last year. Taking a retrospective look at the roller-coaster ride of the cinematic history of Marvel's iconic web-slinger courtesy of acclaimed film-maker Sam Raimi, we liked 2002's Spider-Man, loved 2004's Spider-Man 2, and absolutely detested 2007's Spider-Man 3. But the word on everybody's mouth is: Is a reboot of the franchise less than a decade from its original release too excessive, even by Hollywood's standards? Is the creativity of the current state of the so-called dream factory really at such an all-time low that we are forced to revisit a film franchise in such hasty manner? Bearing in mind that this ain't exactly the same scenario with Ang Lee's 2003 Hulk (an unfortunate lackluster take on Marvel's Green Goliath) and Louis Leterrier's 2008 The Incredible Hulk, as we are talking about a mega-successful film trilogy here.
While we opine that it is indeed true that the desperate path Sony took to reboot the franchise at record speed is to a certain extent, indicative of the lack of creativity of today's film business, one should also note that there are some legal-binding issues that Sony has to take on if they want to continue holding on to Spider-Man's film rights. With that out of the way, we do liked what we saw thus far to conclude that this is indeed a cinematic ride worth your experience thanks to the impressive 3D sequences, the subtly effective romantic scenes, as well as the fine acting that we have witnessed far. With Marc Webb (whose debut film, (500) Days of Summer, was a showered with positive reviews) taking on the helm of the reboot and the earlier-mentioned Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, the film seems poised for a decent-to-great vibe.
Therefore, with no further ado, we conclude that a viewing, preferably in IMAX 3D, is indeed warranted for this one.
Moving on, we take a look at some of the promotional video clips, official images, as well some of the cool posters from the film.
First up, we have the Australian trailer for the film, including a good bit of new footage than the earlier trailer.
Here's a "Super Preview" released by Sony ahead of the film's release. For those wondering what exactly is a "Super Preview", it is actually an extended trailer with special focus on a couple of scenes. In short, spoiler-fic stuffs.
In this featurette entitled "Creating The Amazing Spider-Man: Limitless Inspiration", director Marc Webb shares stories on his film-making process on Sony NEX camera-sponsored ”makedotbelieve" stories.
A featurette on Rhys Ifans’s Dr. Curtis Connors AKA The Lizard.
In this featurette, we have closer look at the new cinematic Oscorp.
In this new TV spot, the IMAX 3D effect is the highlight.
A compilation of TV spots.
Official images courtesy of an earlier issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Some of the wallpaper images from the film's official site.
And here are the posters released thus far.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (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 (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 (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.
Directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, and Rhys Ifans, The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3rd, 2012.
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