I’m one of those people who thought a Spider-Man movie reboot is too soon. I understand why the franchise needed a shot in the arm but I still felt uncomfortable with the idea. It wasn’t really a big deal, though, especially after seeing 3 different Hulks in a decade. Also, I’m finding it hard to get excited about a comic book movie again if it doesn’t have an Avenger in it.
But yes, I liked The Amazing Spider-Man. Whatever doubts I had about the tweaked origin, the smaller cast, the main villain, and Andrew Garfield were all put to rest because the movie gave us a more intimidating Spider-Man and a more compelling Peter Parker.
Here are 7 things I liked the most about The Amazing Spider-Man. It should be noted that spoilers are up ahead.
The Amazingly Creepy Spider-Man
We all know that Spider-Man has been more than just a normal human being ever since he was bitten by that radioactive spider, but aside from sticking to walls, he always looked like just a normal dude in a costume. In the Sam Raimi movies, he looked kind of goofy whenever he’s not swinging around. Marc Webb’s Spider-Man, on the other hand, looks not human.
There are scenes in the movie where Spider-Man — with his sinister black eyes — looks and moves like some sort of alien creature. He looks dangerous and threatening. His trademark wisecracks are absent too, giving him a darker all around vibe. It’s quite possible that this version of Spider-Man is more intimidating than Nolan’s Batman. Or at least more creepy.
Spider-Man Is An A-Hole
Raimi’s Peter Parker was just a nerd who gained a lot of confidence after he got bit by the genetically enhanced spider. He was sort of a selfish lovelorn loser too, but overall, he was still a pretty decent guy in and out of the spider costume. Webb’s Spider-Man is a giant dick. After getting spider powers, it’s revenge of the spider-nerd time for Peter Parker. He dicks around with Flash Thompson and then he basically bullies criminals who sort of look like Uncle Ben’s killer. And speaking of Uncle Ben, Peter was pretty much being an asshole to his poor uncle before he died.
But he doesn’t stay an asshole for long. He’s made a lot of mistakes but he always ends up doing the right thing — from going after The Lizard to bringing home some eggs for Aunt May. This is the most flawed Spider-Man we have ever seen and he’s also the most endearing.
Poor Peter Parker
The heart and soul of all Spider-Man stories will always be Peter Parker and his sense of responsibility. Tobey Maguire’s Peter was your average nerd who pretty much only wanted to use his powers to impress the redhead next door. And then his uncle died so he decided to accept the fact that with great power comes great responsibility.
Andrew Garfield’s Peter is a lot more complex than a lovelorn kid from Queens. He’s a troubled teen who misses his mommy and daddy a lot. This kind of angst and his really awkward yet really charming interactions with Gwen Stacy already make him interesting before he’s even bitten by a genetically enhanced spider. He’s vengeful and angry and stubborn, and then his uncle dies. He becomes a vigilante to seek vengeance but eventually learns the wisdom in his uncle’s words. So he hunts for a giant man-lizard in the sewers.
I had my doubts about Garfield taking on Peter and Spidey, but I was wrong. I don’t think he’s perfect for the role, but he’s definitely a very good choice.
Oh, What A Tangled Web He Weaves
My favorite part of the movie would have to be Spidey setting a trap for The Lizard. It doesn’t just look cool, but it also displays how smart Peter is. I also love the whole horror movie vibe of that sewer scene. I didn’t expect to see something like that in a Spider-Man movie.
The Amazing Peter Parkour
I’ve always wanted to work in “Peter Parkour” into one of my blog posts, and that day is today! See, while Spider-Man swinging around from building to building may have been an awesome sight to see back in 2002, it just wouldn’t have the same entertainment value today anymore. That’s why I love how Spider-Man moves around in this movie. He crawls and climbs and runs and jumps and swings. Also, he does some pretty neat Parkour moves that are actually very appropriate for his physique and superpowers.
The Most Dangerous Spider-Man Alive
I always thought that Spider-Man is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world of comic books. We always see him cracking wise, webbing up criminals, and swinging around like a monkey, but most people don’t see him as a great fighter. In The Amazing Spider-Man, we see how dangerous a fighter Spider-Man can be. He can sneak around and come at you from virtually all sides since he can crawl on walls and ceilings. He’s the ultimate ninja. And you can’t sneak up on him thanks to his spider-sense. He’s fast and really, really strong.
Keep It Simple Spider-Man
I’m not really impressed with the whole “dark secret involving his parents” bit and I was disappointed with that mid-credits scene, but I love how Webb kept everything relatively simple. There’s no Daily Bugle, there’s only one villain, there’s no Harry Osborn, and there’s no Mary Jane Watson. It was just Peter, his aunt and uncle, the Stacys, and an angry scientist lizard man. I’m glad that there was enough room to flesh out both Troubled Teen Peter Parker and BAMF Spider-Man. It could have used some more Emma Stone, though.