Sorry, the New Trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man" That Debuted on YouTube is a Letdown

Posted 1:01 AM February 7th, 2012 by Senh Duong

I read the early glowing reaction to the new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man” from fans who saw it in theaters in a special preview event in thirteen cities around the world earlier in the day and am now wondering if we saw the same trailer.

First things first - you can watch the trailer on YouTube or the embedded version above. I don’t see it on the official site yet. I only found it after going to the film’s twitter account and clicking on the link in the status update. I was the 310th person to watch the trailer when it came online on YouTube at midnight. Yes, I’m a nerd, but more importantly I run a movie website. I have to stay up.

This new “Amazing Spider-Man” trailer is only slightly better than the first trailer, which I kinda hated. I still want the film to bomb this summer and end this business of rebooting franchises after only a couple years.

I was ready to be wowed and blown away after hearing the early reaction. Instead, I got something very mediocre.

The action sequences are kinda jerky. I know Spider-Man’s doing some martial arts thingy, but I can’t quite see his technigues. It’s like watching a badly edited and choreographed martial arts sequence.

I didn’t think the attempt at humor worked during the scene of Spidey and a thief in a car or anywhere else in the film.

Emma Stone in blond was jarring at first, but I think I got used to it after the second viewing.

The Lizard looks like bad CGI work. Just awful. After the second viewing, it looks even worst. He doesn’t look scary or formidable.

The falling buildings and exploding cars could use some Michael Bay to give them some spark. They’re kinda by-the-numbers, lacking in originality and excitement.

Sure, Spidey has a new girlfriend, a new background story involving his father, and a new villain, but none of it grabs me. None of it makes me feel like this was necessary. It just looks “Spider-Man” lite.

It’s not all bad for “The Amazing Spider-Man” trailer. The acting does seem pretty good overall, especially from the leads - Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Dennis Leary. The only problem is so was the acting from the main leads in Sam Raimi’s films.

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