Yesterday, my wife and I saw The Amazing Spider-Man and we both agreed with its awesome. It’s another origin story and follows the main beats of the Spider-Man origin:
Raised by aunt and uncle.
Bit by a radioactive spider.
Uncle killed due to Peter Parker’s negligence, teaching him with great power, comes great responsibility.
Peter Parker becomes the greatest superhero EVER. Yes, a thousand percent better than even Iron Man.
So, you might be thinking that the first act of the movie would be really boring, but it takes that simple formula and expands on it especially after Peter is bitten. The Amazing Spider-Man goes more into what Peter does with his new powers. We see him make mistakes and even show-off, which was a nice build-up to the first major action sequence. By the end of it, Peter Parker is not just some nudnik with superpowers. He’s a hero. Oh, the joy of character arc. It gives me the warm fuzzies.
None of this would be possible without Andrew Garfield. If you were one of those who thought Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker was too whiny, then you’ll be mighty happy with Garfield. He still plays Peter as an awkward outsider, but this Peter is okay with that. He’s got spunk and there are hints of a hero just waiting to come out. Of course, no one sees this. Except for Gwen Stacy.
Every scene Emma Stone has with Garfield is full of such chemistry, you might find yourself thinking, Mary Jane who? And this Gwen Stacy is not just the damsel for Spidey to save. I predict the gals in the audience will really like Gwen.
*Spoiler alert ONLY if you don’t want to know what’s happened in the comics. This has nothing to do with the movie.*
I’m a little worried about Gwen because in the comics she’s thrown off the Brooklyn Bridge by the Green Goblin. You might remember this scene from the first Spider-Man movie, only Mary Jane was the gal in peril. Since this new Spider-Man franchise seems to want to blaze its own trail, I don’t see it happening just like that, but she could still be killed. And that would suck because I really like Gwen. I’d be perfectly happy to see her have the HEA with Peter. The next trilogy can bring back MJ.
*End of Spoiler.*
Spider-Man needed a worthy villain to fight and good on the writers for picking a different one. I’m looking at you Superman.
I always hoped the Lizard would make an appearance in the other movies, since Curt Connors (Lizard alter ego) was in them all.
Better late than never.
As with Spider-Man, they used the main beats of the Lizard’s origin and then made adjustments to tie his and Spider-Man’s directly together. Stakes raised! More depth to character arc! Winning!
Is this the best Spidey yet? My wife thinks so, but I prefer not to compare them. When I watch the Sam Raimi versions, I get the pages of the comics brought to life. I love having that. The new movie is going in a different direction, which is very much like having a new creative team taking over a comic series. A new artist will give the character a different look and the new writer will put his own stamp on the character. And even though the new story should connect the previous one, there’s nothing from that one you need to know. So, the best way to enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man is to forget that three movies came before it. Just be glad that Spidey is back on the screen.