It’s weird to see the trailer for a film like The Amazing Spiderman. It doesn’t feel that long ago that I wrote about the casting choices and the hiring of director Marc Webb. But the teaser trailer is out and… I’ve got some mixed thoughts on it.
For one, it was a nice change to see a teaser trailer with so much meat to it… the Dark Knight Rises trailer that got released last week didn’t show much of the actual movie. I also liked that the first 30 seconds of the video didn’t give away what the movie was. Only when they see Andrew Garfield will Spiderman fans realize what film this is for. Besides that, I really like Sally Field and Martin Sheen as Aunt May and Uncle Ben – they look like the right age to have a nephew in high school, unlike the earlier Spiderman series where Aunt May looked much older. Speaking of which, I still don’t mind that Peter Parker is smack-dab in high school for this series. I always thought they moved Peter into college too early in the first series.
I’m also curious about how much his parents’ backstory will come into play in the movie. The trailer implies their mysterious deaths are important to the film, which is especially interesting since the original films never mention Peter’s parents. Richard and Mary Parker are traditionally secret agents, so that could very well be part of their story here as well. The only sad thing is that they can’t be connected to the other Marvel movies coming out, since Spiderman is Sony and the other Marvel movies are Paramount.
I think easily the worst thing I can say about the trailer is the last 45 seconds… that is some awful CGI. I mean, it’s probably a little better than in the other movies, but it’s also been nine years since the first Spiderman movie came out. With almost a decade of advanced technology, this should look a whole lot better than it does. Let’s just face it – this looks like Mirror’s Edge. Maybe this first-person shot will look better on the big screen (I think this trailer is supposed to go with Captain America this weekend), but there shouldn’t be such a stark difference between the CGI and the rest of the film. If you want to get really critical, we also don’t get to see much of Peter Parker doing anything but look mopey, but just remember that this is still a teaser trailer. I’ve seen Andrew Garfield in some other films, and he has a really impressive range as an actor. As long as the script is strong, I think he’ll be able to pull it off. I’m holding off any more judgement until the next trailer releases.