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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Trailer: It’s Hard Out There for an Origin Story

For all we know, The Amazing Spider-Man could turn out to be a lot of fun. It does have a lot of things going for it, such as a very solid cast — the likes of Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dennis Leary, Rhys Ifans, the list goes on. It also has a director in Marc Webb who has shown a fair amount of promise. Then there’s the stuff that doesn’t bode well for the franchise reboot, namely the retelling of Spidey’s origin story and, well, this awful trailer. In fairness, it’s not a complete wreck. The first 3/4 of this trailer show some visual panache, some characters we’ll recognize and that same old spider bite. The last bit, one would imagine, is a CGI sequence intended to show off the 3D elements of the film. It looks like something we’d be playing on a Playstation, not seeing a movie theater. See for yourself via the official embed just after the break.

As I said, there’s no reason to think that The Amazing Spider-Man won’t be a solid flick. But there’s something so terribly bothersome about that CGI. At least to me. It will be interesting to see reactions out of Comic-Con, where more footage is said to be unleashed. We can safely await those reactions before tempering excitement about another round of Spider-Man origin tales, but for now I remain unimpressed.

The Amazing Spider-Man is due in theaters July 3, 2012. The HD trailer is available at Yahoo Movies.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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