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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 20, 2011 at 12:05 PM

And another first look: “The Amazing Spider-Man”

I guess it’s sort of sweeps week here at P & P; yesterday I posted the new “Dark Knight Rises” trailer, and today here we have the sparkling-new full-length trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man.” (Why are all these superhero movies, not due in theaters until next summer, suddenly popping up with trailers? Two words: Comic-Con.) Here’s Spidey, new and improved and played by Andrew Garfield, who was so very good in “Never Let Me Go” (did you see it?) and “The Social Network”:

Hmm. Like “The Dark Knight Rises,” I’m a little underwhelmed, and maybe because this is an origin story that we’ve already seen. Wasn’t it just a few years ago that Tobey Maguire had that encounter with a spider? And wasn’t that movie, directed by Sam Raimi, pretty great? All good wishes to director Marc Webb, who’s a nice guy and a good filmmaker (“(500) Days of Summer”) and who told me, at SIFF a few years back, that he really loves musicals — but I’m wondering if it might be too soon for a “Spider-Man” reboot, particularly since it seems to be treading familiar ground. On the other hand, any excuse to team Garfield and Emma Stone is probably worth at least a second look.

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