Red Letter Media's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Review

The boys - joined by Rich Evans - dedicate an entire episode of "Half In The Bag" to Marc Webb's Spidey reboot. Short version - they're not big fans!..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 7/8/2012


For my money, Red Letter Media's Half In The Bag/Plinkett reviews offer some of the more unique and humorous takes on the latest movie releases out there. I do think they are quite harsh on The Amazing Spider-Man here, but it's still a fun watch..



So like I said, harsh. But that being said, I can't actually argue with any points the raise either, although I thought the performances were of a very high standard - Garfield in particular. Do you guys agree/disagree? Sound off below.









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TheBigBoss917 - 7/8/2012, 7:43 AM
Sabconth - 7/8/2012, 7:50 AM
F**k yeah! I love these reviews, thanks for the heads up.
RorMachine - 7/8/2012, 7:53 AM
hah, Tea he's all over the TDKR articles, tirelessly posting the only not overwhelmingly positive - but still nowhere near negative - first reactions to the movie he can dig up, all from one Brazilian journalist. Tis a right larf.
AutobotCommander84 - 7/8/2012, 7:56 AM
I think TASM is a better movie than Avengers so, I do disagree with them.
prettynuclear2 - 7/8/2012, 7:58 AM
This review is kind of weak. Why would peter make a suit out of dissolving web?
Kingdork - 7/8/2012, 8:10 AM
Overall I agree with them. But nevertheless I enjoyed the movie because of good Spidey scenes. But yeah no need to see it again, or maybe on rental. Nothing memorable, far from being a classic or anything. People give it a pass cause it's Spidey and they were letdown by Spider-Man 3.
coolguy - 7/8/2012, 8:19 AM
Personally I thought spidey 3 had more redeeming qualities and to me was te better film.
Oxbow - 7/8/2012, 8:27 AM
YES, it was a heartless cash grab...AND Webb & co. still did a good job with the shitty situation they were given by Sony. TASM was good, could have potentially been great if they did not retell the origin story so soon!

That was their biggest blunder...it's been only ten years since the last one, so ya any teenager could have told you what a dumb idea that was...

TexasAvenger - 7/8/2012, 8:30 AM
"I think TASM is a better movie than Avengers so, I do disagree with them."

Lmaooooooooooooo
Kingdork - 7/8/2012, 8:30 AM
@ coolguy - I loled ^^
thwip - 7/8/2012, 8:31 AM
what a collection of twats. they complain about film companies not caring about "guys like us" who "care about the material" and producers not knowing anything about the story or characters in their films.

yet they spend an obnoxious percent of the video asking the comic book store owner who gwen stacy is, why spider-man's villains are all scientists, and other idiotic questions.

some people love to act dissatisfied, because it thinks it gives them an aura of superiority above the simpletons who enjoy things that are enjoyable.

it's been said before, but it bears repeating... the amazing spider-man was not a perfect movie, nor was it the perfect spider-man movie. but neither is the dark knight. neither is iron man.

i watch and read these kinds of things to hear interesting points and arguments being made, to give me stuff to think about. these guys, however, just ended up annoying me with their immaturity.
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/8/2012, 8:32 AM
Personally it was the second best spider-man film. It had a lot going against it and still came out great. Now that all the reboot crap is out of the way the sequel will not be a heartless cash grab and it should be a great film.
NerdyGeek - 7/8/2012, 8:34 AM
forthesakeofnow - 7/8/2012, 8:35 AM
I never gave a crap about spiderman 1 and 2 so when 3 came out i loved how ridiculous it was in the same way i love batman and robin as i dont care for burton's bat movies.

this one i prefered as a romantic dramedy than as an action movie which tries to also be a drama and a romantic comedy, so the tone arguement is apt.

a bit like inglorious basterds the silly stuff ruined the great serious stuff for me and the serious stuff bad the action seem out of place.

for me it was fun in places and deep in places but the contrast wasnt done well enough for me.
NerdyGeek - 7/8/2012, 8:38 AM
drax94: TDKR hasn't got a negative review, unless you count a B+ Chinese review.
RorMachine - 7/8/2012, 8:38 AM
Hmm, would one of those negative reviews be my own FOUR STAR review by any chance? Make more sense please.
Oxbow - 7/8/2012, 8:42 AM
^ btw i wasn't trying to imply that teenagers are dumb or anything, just that they were around when the Original spider-man origin movie came out
GUNSMITH - 7/8/2012, 8:43 AM
chuskito - 7/8/2012, 8:43 AM
I saw this movie twice already. Loved it. I disagree with this review, but I also understand that as regular moviegoers and not just Spider-Man fans, it might be tiring to watch an origin story. For me this was the ultimate reward, because the first Raimi Spider-Man movie told a great origin in the first half, and then was a complete letdown in the second. This time around the movie stays strong evenly throughout.
WireySpindell - 7/8/2012, 8:52 AM
Meh, I usually love their reviews, but I can't take anyone seriously who says the Raimi movies are better than the TASM. Feels like they're reaching on this one, as their negative reviews are the most popular.
WireySpindell - 7/8/2012, 8:57 AM
Good point on all the superhero movies having the bad guy gas plot, though
Kingdork - 7/8/2012, 8:58 AM
@ chuskito - It didn't. The Lizard stuff was pretty weak. Lack of clear understandable motivations, clearly underwritten character, silly looking facial design, he didn't seem to fit in the movie's attempt at a realistic approach. The movie wasn't strong evenly throughout. The second part where the hero had to tackle the villain were weak for the aforementioned points.
WireySpindell - 7/8/2012, 9:04 AM
Yeah seriously, they're actually saying Tobey was better than Garfield at the end? GTFO, this review is shite
WarNoodle - 7/8/2012, 9:05 AM
I think these guys are idiots and have nothing better to do than nag on stupid little things. TASM is a great movie that is fun! people keep looking for the perfect super hero movie and when something they see and dont like... they go all ape sh!t on it.
Tainted87 - 7/8/2012, 9:07 AM
Some funny points, but I disagree with them about too much to take them seriously.

Andrew Garfield was a better Peter.
Sally Field was a better Aunt May (she just didn't have enough scenes).
Martin Sheen was THE BEST PART OF THE MOVIE as Uncle Ben.

I didn't enjoy the movie and I tried really hard to... but give credit where credit is due.
Kingdork - 7/8/2012, 9:10 AM
Martin Sheen was FANTASTIC!
spiderclone - 7/8/2012, 9:13 AM
i personally refuse to trust a review of a guy that hasnt followed spiderman for over 10 years, for me the guy hasnt got a clue, and saying spiderman shouldnt have had the tone if a comedy, jeez guys spiderman is hilarious theres always contrasting moments in the books, and i love that, i loved the film it was the spiderman movie ive always wanted
P90 - 7/8/2012, 9:20 AM
They don't like much actually. I will admit that they are some of the funniest and best reviewers online, but they seem to only review movies that they don't like and/or have no opinion about. Summer movies/super hero movies/action movies/stupid comedies etc. There is an air of arrogance and snobbery that is boiling right below the surface especially with Jay. As for Rich Evans nobody cares what that [frick] [frick]ing fraud has to say.
RorMachine - 7/8/2012, 9:26 AM
No probs.

Ijack, sorry bud, you won't be posting that same damn collection of reviews on any or my articles, it's already everywhere and is almost spamming at this point.

As for the above review, I post any CBM related Half In The Bag or Plinkett reviews, this one just happens to be negative, i'd have posted it either way.
Ranger14 - 7/8/2012, 9:28 AM
Funny...Let's get this straight...Ror and other editors/CBM overall are accused of being pro-Marvel and yet when Ror posts a not-so-positive review on a Marvel film he still gets chastised by the fanboys of the film. It's what they are supposed to do. Be unbiased and post both sides of the coin. Guess you can't win no matter what you do.
ShreckGT350 - 7/8/2012, 9:33 AM
Just a few things....

- How about these guys create a script for a new Spiderman movie, go through a 3 to 4-year process (including dealing with ad execs, Sony execs, Marvel execs, and thousands more), and promote the film saying the same thing to the same questions thousands of time over. Then when the movie comes out, I'll grab two friends, all wear plaid and bash the heck out of it. I'm sure we'd all love it! (insert a sarcastic tone).

- In the same way Marvel created the Ultimate Spiderman, or had other Spiderman titles (Web, Spectacular, Amazing) this movie tells another story that is similar in ways and different in other ways to the the original movie. There are certain things that we know about Spiderman so they have to hit them in some way, even if for a second. So I see their point about something such as Uncle Ben, but since it was such a HUGE part of the original, why hash that part so hard just to have these guys bash the movie even harder. :)

- (**Personal opinion time**) Andrew Garfield did a PHENOMENAL job with Peter Parker! Since he is an actor and must recite lines, it has to be hard for him to stray away from the lines int he script. Comparing his delivery of these lines from what Tobey did, I see no contest. Tobey always sounded whiney and in need of a blanket and it never worked for me. Andrew's portrayal just seemed more real and how any one of us would have acted if placed in a crazy situation.

- Lastly, I hate how these guys hit NOTHING about how Rami's first movie made Mary Jane Peter's first love and never touched Gwen until the third movie. COMPLETELY WRONG! Especially with the Green Goblin dropping Mary Jane from the bridge, and not Gwen. Also WRONG!
To me, this is the biggest item that they got right in the new movie, yet these guys all overlook it completely. Epic fail.

All in all, I can understand fans having issue with parts of a movie, or conveying their opinions, however they BASHED (the caps were warranted) what was overall, a great movie and did follow the source material of the comics in better way!
WellDrawn - 7/8/2012, 9:35 AM
It's interesting that they didn't point out that the original Spiderman as well as this new one, both had over the top, cringe worthy, ham and cheese, 'people working together moments in the final act

- The first movie had that scene with the people on the bridge "This is New Yowk Baby! You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!" (probably because it came out within months of 9/11)

-This new one had the goofy Crane scene, in which miraculously, there was a crane on EVERY block of the city leading up the Oscorp, and the movie had OFFICIALLY become a video game.
Ranger14 - 7/8/2012, 9:46 AM
"All in all, I can understand fans having issue with parts of a movie, or conveying their opinions, however they BASHED (the caps were warranted) what was overall, a great movie"

It's their opinion and what they feel. It is no more valid or invalid than your opinion that it is a great movie.
ShreckGT350 - 7/8/2012, 9:55 AM
I agree Ranger14....everyone can have their own opinion which is what makes these movies fun for all. In all, they did bash it though.
The main point I was trying to make was that the Gwen element was overlooked by them though. That is a huuuuuuuuge part of Spiderman and something that Rami did incorrectly.
THORGodOfThunder - 7/8/2012, 10:04 AM
Terrible review
kevberg - 7/8/2012, 10:06 AM
Great Review!

I could easily tell by just some clips and the trailers that Garfield is a goofy and annoying Peter Parker. Its his delivery , tone and cadence.

and Im hearing the same thing..Bens death doesn't hit you. the stuff with Petes parents doesnt mean d@ck. They were never the thrust of what motivates the character.

yeah you can mine that for emotion, but it wasn't important to the character of Spider-Man.

You try to slam Raimi all day long, but he got the origin the closest. I'm not a fan of Toby's teary-eyed melancholy nerd ...but he was OK.

IF I see this it'll be because it visually looks great.
xXkryptoniteXx - 7/8/2012, 10:12 AM
Lol these people are just hating, I'm not even supporting the new spiderman but these people are just hating with there reviews.
Ranger14 - 7/8/2012, 10:17 AM
"In all, they did bash it though."

If I don't care for it when I see it this next week, I will bash it to. All the skepticisms I have had based on footage and the direction I have seen them take with it falls a lot in line with what they address in the video. I will find out for sure when I see it.

"The main point I was trying to make was that the Gwen element was overlooked by them though. That is a huuuuuuuuge part of Spiderman and something that Rami did incorrectly."

Raimi and the writers chose to skip the Gwen Stacy story and go right into the Mary Jane story. I wouldn't say it was incorrect, they just didn't chose to go with that storyline. If you want to get real technical, Webb and the writers did it incorrectly because Gwen isn't a romantic interest of Peters until he is in college. ;-) All little nuances that bother some and don't bother others.
fanboy03191 - 7/8/2012, 10:23 AM
Disagree big time.
ShreckGT350 - 7/8/2012, 10:25 AM
@ BattlinMurdock

I get your great point about people (including me) going straight to the "lets see you make the movie". That is not their job, rather to critique the movie. They did however beat this movie like a pinata when, as with all movies, their were good and bad points.

I also completely agree with your comments:
"They're not filmmakers. They're critics. Online personalities. It's not their job to make movies. They review films as art in its specific genre."

Give me a straightforward critique with good and bad points and I'll go with it...no need for the acting at the beginning, leave that to the filmmakers.
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