One thing became clear when we published our second look at "Prometheus" after the film arrived in theaters: you seem more excited about the conversation when you've actually had a chance to see the movie, and you participate more.
Makes sense. And on "The Amazing Spider-Man," I feel like there is a pretty wide range of reactions rolling in. I wanted to take a second look at the film because I'm a little puzzled by some of the wildly positive reactions, and because I'd love to see the movie that other people seem to be seeing, the one that they love so much.
Let's be clear about something: I don't begrudge anyone their enjoyment of the film. I'm not writing about it a second time to sway anyone else or to lambast people who feel differently about it than I do. Instead, I'm hoping to raise some questions here, dig deeper into why I feel the way I do, and try to sort out the reactions I'm hearing from others.
THE REBOOT QUESTION
The most common dismissal of my review so far is "You didn't want a reboot, so your opinion on the film isn't fair." That's not true, though. I don't have an inherent problem with the notion of creative solutions to the problems posed by trying to keep a franchise up and running for a decade or more. I can't imagine any creative team that would want to do the same thing over and over and over and over without eventually getting to the point where they want to move on and do other things. Something like the "Harry Potter" films come with an ending in mind, so there's always a sense of building to something, and there is a conclusion that means something eventually.