the amazing spider-man
okay, i’ve held back from posting a review for as long as humanly possible. yes, i did just go and see it 14-hours-ago but i’ve done my best from not just freaking out all over social media.
first. oh my gosh. the pure magnetism of the cast was phenomenal! i could barely contain myself and my emotions as soon as the film cut to black! andrew garfield was an AMAZING peter parker, and emma stone once again killed it. but combined… oh dear lord. seriously. WAY TOO MUCH sexy tension right there. sony is lucky their audiences arent having heart attacks from the two of them anytime their both on the 50ft silver screen!
having been a die hard fan of the spidy series since i was a child of maybe 8-years-old i was EXTREMELY excited to see this reboot, and not just because of the fan-fliping-tastic cast either. i had just started middle school when the first spiderman movie with tobey maguire came out in 2002 and i did appreciate it, to a certain extent. i had always related very much to the pre-radioactive-spider-bit-peter-parker and i thought maguire did a descent job portraying that side of the superhero, but his emotions and reactions and catalysis never seemed believable to myself. yes it was a descent action movie but i just wasn’t sold on it. AND the fact that they took some creative liberties in some fairly critical parts of the story didn’t really settle all that well with me. but hey, i was 12. what are you going to do? lol
but there in lies one of the key reasons why i LOVED this reboot- parker’s character after he’s bitten! it’s fantastic! the witty and quick worded spidy was back! it was hard connecting with the maguire version because he lacked that critical spidy attitude. garfield’s portrayal was brilliant in that fashion! his pre-side of parker was great and awkward and kinda mysterious just like he needed to be but then his attitude, angst, and drive after being bit was amazing i thought! he had the perfect balance of attitude, drive, and mysteriousness still with the added touch of witty and sarcasm which made his character all the more believable.
all in all garfield’s parker was just so much more badass too. maguire’s version seemed too moody and too unsure of himself. where here garfield’s spidy has an attitude and confidence that has been absent in the last franchise saga.
but enough about the lead- there’s a story here to consider. first up, i was very curious to see how they were going to tell the basic back story of how spider-man became who he was. sure, it’s been ten years since the first spiderman, but thats still fairly recent for most fans. i was extremely interested to see how they would play up the uncle ben character, let alone parker’s actual parents, who weren’t even made a part of the last trilogy’s story! and then of course there’s the introduction of gwen stacy in place of mary-jane (which i personal appreciated seeing as it fits closer inline with the actual comic book series narrative.)
overall i thought the uncle ben-peter complex was done quite well, and i thought the writers did a good job of giving uncle ben some powerful lines while avoiding the major cliche line of the original, “with great power comes great responsibility”. and i LOVED what they did…. didnt do… with uncle ben’s killer in this movie! i thought in the 2002 version that whole plot element was rushed and not nearly as played out as it should have been. seeing as it is such a critical part of what makes parker into the spider-man he is i thought it was brilliant the way they have set this plot piece up for further development in movies to come.
the gwen-peter relationship was very much spot on i felt. stone naturally carries herself with an amazing amount of confidence and strength and i thought that was quite evident in this film. which is a godsend because i honestly couldn’t stand kristen dunst’s weak and helpless character. don’t get me wrong, i do like dunst, but not that character to be sure. stone’s portrayal of stacy was fantastic. she wasn’t some helpless side character that parker had to go save every time something bad happened. she was the girl he called when he needed help. she was his confidant. the first person he revealed his true identity to. and she was right there walking beside him the whole time, helping fight. i loved that. it was fantastic to see their chemistry work together like that and create a couple that were able to be independent of each other, but also be just as strong together. gahhhh…. that was probably my favorite part of this entire story. and the whole last line at the end, the whole, “don’t make promises you can’t keep,” “but those are the best kind” made me about die from excitement! i sooooo did not want their relationship dynamic to become another maguire-dunst situation where parker killed himself to stay away from her. ugh… that was just fantastic.
and the use of doctor connors was such a relief! again, a huge character in the series that was just left out entirely in the first three movies. while i did think his descent into madness lacked some vital and important plot points i could overall appreciate him. i think that the writers needed to give us a few more scenes in which we could hear the battle going on inside his mind like we did in the scene after he discovers who spider-man really is, but that was one scene. not nearly enough to make me buy into his overall mission in the movie. it was set up fairly well but i think it could have used some work. but nonetheless i would still much rather have had him than not at all!
i know that a major thing for me with even this movie, still, is that the transition from parker into spider-man seemed still very much centered around genetics and not radioactive elements like in the comic books. i myself am not overly upset about this but i do know some die hard fans such as myself that were still upset that the spider that bites parker seemed to genetically change him rather than it was his exposure to the radiation from the spider bite. however, this movie does not make it clear if it was a genetic thing or a radiation exposure issue and for that i can be content for a few reasons. 1. in today’s world it is harder to actual consider that radiation exposure of any kind can actually be a good thing and 2. radiation is such a superhero cop-out that is very much an over used cliche. speaking from a completely objective scientific stand point a genetic mutation would be much more believable and slightly more original idea than the latter.
Apart from that i know i personally would have liked to seen the dialogue plused up a little. this summer’s blockbuster line up is difficult seeing as most everything superhero related is going to be compared to the avengers and joss whedon’s phenomenal writing. yes, you cannot compare one superhero franchise to another, but you can compare character development, basic plot structure, and storytelling quality. for all my praise of this movie i did walk away feeling as if the writing could have been a little stronger, that certain emotional strings weren’t pressed on enough, that a few characters should have had more of an impact such as aunt may. but regardless i still walked away very much impressed and they can only continue to make this new reboot stronger with the sequential films to come.
overall i would easily go see this film again and again and again for as long as it is in theaters and i will definitely be one of the first that buy it the moment it comes out on blu-ray. it seriously took me back to being an eight-year-old kid again. i fell in love with the story all over while in the theater last night and i honestly couldn’t have asked for more (other than a quick and speedy squeal). all i can say is this is a must see and if you ever even slightly liked the spider-man comic book series you NEED to go see this film, you wont be disappointed. this filmmaker wasn’t.