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First, let me state that Spiderman has ALWAYS been one of my favorite comic characters, right up there with Superman. As a kid, I loved the 1977 TV series starring Nicholas Hammond as Spiderman. The Sam Raimi trilogy was perfection (even number 3), so when these two movies came out, I bought them on DVD and was totally disappointed. I shelved them with little interest in re-watching. Then, when "No Way Home" came out and Garfield appeared, I was surprised how much I liked him. I always intended to revisit the two films, but finally decided to do it watching this fanedit version instead.

First, I'm giving this all 10's because it works. Yes, I did catch a formerly deleted scene having a slight (very slight) degraded quality from the rest of the movie, but I'm not faulting the faneditor for that. The scene works and I'm glad it is put back into the film. The thing that makes this fanedit so much better than the original is that Garfield is now a far more likeable character and not some "punk jerk kid."

I'm still not a huge fan of this film, but at least now it's worth watching. My wife said, "I really like this," so that is VERY high praise. If you're a fan of "No Way Home," but never liked the Garfield movies and thought about revisiting them, then this is the way to do it.

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From my perspective, the first TASM was always a good movie with its own interesting take on Spidey. It's grounded in terms of tone and story theme, but still manages to retains much aspects that makes Spidey, well..... Spidey. But admittedly, there's parts of the movie that are objectively bad which affects the overall pacing and narrative flow. For example: The revenge subplot. I always felt it was a good idea to have a subplot where Peter's personality and morals can be tested, but unfortunately what we got in the TC was just too overlong and bloated. Your version easily fixes the problem by removing it, making the the narrative more cohesive and seamless. You also did some cuts here and there to remove the edgier part where Peter acts like a jerk and out of character, that's a plus and makes Peter more relatable right from the start.

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I love Spider-Man.
I love Andrew Garfield.
But I am fairly indifferent to Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man films.

They are stories with good, even great parts, but the whole just plays out very uneven, unsatisfying and unnecessary.

They were movies I was not really interested in revisiting but after being very impressed with Lantern51's PUNISHER fan edit, I figured if anyone could redeem this movie, it was this fan editor.

And I was right.

Immediately, the movie gets off to smarter start than the original by being honest and putting "PART ONE" right up front in the main title. This immediately alters the viewer's expectations. The audience become more open to possible unresolved plot threads, instead of feeling suckered with sequel/franchise bait like they did in the original. Though, thankfully, almost all of these elements have been expertly removed from this fan edit.

The next best thing Lantern51 accomplished was making Peter instantly relatable and likeable. This was something sorely lacking from the first act in the theatrical version. Now Peter is less mopey, angry skater boy and more just regular average kid just trying to get by. Well done Lantern!!!

The editor must also hailed for some great audio work. Lots of music and sound replacement was seamlessly done. While I may not have loved every new music choice, I admit they did play better than the original. One audio oddity of note, I found the audio during the scene where Peter visits Dr. Conner at his house to be very low. I had to turn up the volume significantly for that single scene in order to clearly discern the dialogue.

This fan edit also makes great use of many deleted scenes, most of which are incorporated very well. Though some of the Conner in the sewer stuff played a wee bit choppy for me. Also, the newly added Doorman scene, looked distinctly different from the rest of the movie -- perhaps too much saturation and DNR? But all the reinstated scenes do either fill plot holes or improve character beats, so it is a trade off.

Narratively, I thought it was a bold choice to drop the Revenge Subplot. The montage of Peter evolving/training to become Spider-Man was a bit uneven, and I agree with another reviewer that it may have played stronger if not interrupted by the Captain Stacey scene. Aunt May vanishes for most the of second half of the movie, and I admit her absence was missed. But I loved the dramatic ending. It is very Peter Parker, and the continued use of the rain storm sound effects over the closing credits was very powerful.

Overall, this is a much more linear, focused narrative than the original. Our hero is more likeable and the overall tone is more enjoyable. So while I found this fan edit to be better than the theatrical edition, it is still hindered somewhat by elements of the source material that can not be undone. Nevertheless, an excellent redemption fan edit and I look forward to Part Two.

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A really lovely edit with a lot of heart. Lantern51 has done quality work here in removing the more distractingly confusing parts of the original narrative, and added just the right amount of deleted scenes to hone a really beautiful origin story of a young hero.

I'm very excited to see Part 2!!

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The Amazing Spider-Man Series are films that I’ve admittedly seen more than I’d like, so it’s hard figuring out how to get more mileage out of such worn out ground. Fortunately, I’d say lantern51’s Part 1 is a step in the right direction.

I’ll start by saying that the MVP of this edit is the audio/use of new songs.New music playing when Peter is at the Oscorp internship, him refining his approach to crime-fighting, or during the car thief scene really help to add energy & lightness into the movie.

I also appreciate some cuts made, like removing Peter skateboarding after he & Gwen get together (I guess?) & jumping to the ceiling of the train, very logical cuts that keep the pace going & don’t shatter suspension of disbelief.

That said, the pacing still needs work & music can only do so much. While I love the track when Peter is refining his approach to crime-fighting, it is interrupted by Captain Stacey talking about wanting to bring him in, only to then cut back to Peter deciding to make his suit. I’d much rather prefer the Captain Stacey scene removed, then we get an uninterrupted montage of Peter practicing his skills & making his suit.

Also, I’m still not a big fan of scene where Gwen treats Peter’s Lizard wounds. I love the new song, but the parts where she starts making out with him mid-cleaning feels too…wish-fullfillmenty for me, & not grounded like the rest of the film wants to be. I do like it when Gwen’s all “easy, Spider-Boy” & comparing Peter to her dad, though, just not the kissing.

Still though, I do appreciate a sad ending, if only for how unconventional it is. Though, I still have a complaint in that regard to the music: if you’re going to use “In the Arms of an Angel,” don’t just relegate it to the funeral itself. It would’ve been great if we heard it when Gwen showd up at Peter’s house afterwards, & then in turn lead us into the end credits punctuated by only the drops of rain.

Like I said though, this edit was a great step in the right direction for TASM edits. I’d love it if someone did an edit of TASM 1 that started in media res, either at the Oscorp Internship or Peter coming to Connor’s house, with flashbacks coming in when appropriate. Until then, I’m excited for lantern51’s Part 2.

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