The Amazing Spider-Man

Hey guys! Thanks for coming back for this week’s Fandom Friday! Like I promised last week, I’ll be discussing The Amazing Spider-Man.

We’ve already discussed what Peter Parker and Spider-Man are like in the comic books, so I won’t go over that again.

I find that Andrew Garfield’s interpretation of Peter Parker blows Tobey Maquire’s out of the water. I can relate to him ten times better than I can Maquire, and that is a big part about Spider-Man. I mean, especially for younger audiences, what’s more relatable than a teenager with work problems, relationship problems, social anxiety, sarcasm, and just all around teenage angst? I feel like Andrew Garfield’s interpretation really nails that.

I like how they started off with Gwen Stacy. I’m really pleased with that. I love how Emma Stone plays her, too. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone really click, and you can see that, which makes their characters’ relationship seem much more real. I haven’t seen the second movie, but from what I’ve read and also accidentally seen, it seems like they did a good job on her death too.

I adore the fact that they got more into Peter Parker’s parent’s, Richard and Mary Parker, backstory. Their backstory is crazy, but it’s really interesting too. They’re agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I feel like that says enough about them.

I really enjoy Flash Thompson in the first Spider-man movie. I like how Chris Zylka played him, and I like how he is three dimensional, how he has a backstory even if we aren’t told about it. Bullies are bullies for a reason, they hurt people for a reason, and I enjoy that in the movie they acknowledge that. I love how they allude to his love of Spider-Man at the end of the film, too.

I like how Peter is seriously smart, too. He made his suit all by himself, he made his webshooters all by himself, how he became Spider-Man almost completely by himself. While yes, the super-spider-bite does give him wall-crawling ability, the infamous Spidey-Sense, and some strength and agility he didn’t already have, he doesn’t just suddenly have wits, he isn’t just suddenly smart, he isn’t just suddenly Spider-Man too. What he first did with his powers was hunting down his uncle’s killer. He didn’t realize he had a responsibility by putting on that suit.

The scene where Peter Parker saves the kid on the bridge was amazing. How Peter has Jack, the boy, wear his mask, acknowledges the fact that it’s really not about who’s inside the suit, it’s about what the suit means, who you truly are inside. That was also the moment Peter realized he didn’t have to kill someone else to avenge his uncle. That moment was when he realized he could protect his city and its people to avenge his uncle.

Spider-Man is all about the choices you make and how they effect you and the people you love.. The Amazing Spider-Man shows that so much better than the original trilogy.

I love how Denis Leary plays Captain George Stacy. It’s surprising just how well he plays it.  I also love the argument between Peter and Captain Stacy. It shows that Peter has courage, another thing he has with and without his powers.

The fondness that Doctor Connors has for Peter, and the curiosity that Peter has for Connors is really intriguing and is quite real. And while it was only in a deleted scene, they did show that Connors wasn’t just a scientist gone mad from pressure, he had a family, he was a father. And the CGI with his arm was great.

I really enjoy how they designed the Lizard. It goes back to the original comic book designs, and I appreciate that, along with the scene after he escapes the sewers with the ripped lab coat. His mouth, during some parts, could have done with a bit more movement and fluidity.

Uncle Ben’s and Captain Stacy’s death scenes were devastating, but in the best way.

I really like the acknowledgement of his wrestling career, I think the fight scenes are just long enough, I love how Andrew produces Spider-Man’s quips and one-liners so naturally, and, as always, I love Stan Lee’s cameo.

I haven’t seen the Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, so when I do I will review that too.

I really hope they give us information on that after credits scene as well.

It’s a change of pace, but next week I’ll be reviewing the Fault in our Stars.

Have a Marvelous weekend!

Original artwork by Gabriele Dell’Otto

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The Amazing Spider-Man

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With the recent release of Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which I have yet to see) I figured I would give my opinion on the first movie in the Spider-Man relaunch.

My first reaction to this movie was just how impressed I am by Andrew Garfield’s interpretation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. For the most part I enjoyed the original Sam Raimi trilogy, but did not like Tobey Maguire’s performance. I thought he never got the character’s intricacies correct and just played him like the stereotypical nerd who just happens to get super powers. He never seemed comfortable when firing off Spider-Man’s trademark quips and in my opinion was not very believable in the dual role. Garfield is now the quintessential live action Spider-Man.

He nailed Parker’s awkwardness and the tragedy of his Uncle’s death, plus he perfectly captured the freedom the character feels dressed as Spider-Man with his snappy one liners and seemingly carefree attitude. In my opinion he was as perfect for the role as one could be. We will see him for at least 3 movies and I really look forward to his character progression.

The other improvement this movie made was in the female lead. Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane in the original 3 movies was a terrible choice. Mary Jane is a character that has personal issues but always hides it behind this perpetually positive attitude and outward confidence. Dunst clearly had no clue about the character and portrayed her as a brooding, emo girl which was a terrible decision on her part. To go with Gwen Stacy as the initial female lead in these new movies was not only a great idea, but the casting of Emma Stone was pure genius. Not only does she truly capture the character, but her chemistry with Garfield (I am sure dating in real life helped) really made this movie work on many levels.

Ryhs Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard also worked well despite the CGI for the villain being a little off in places. He was a sympathetic villain and played his part in the movie quite well.

The rest of the cast really rounded out the movie perfectly. Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Ben and May Parker was a great casting choice as was Denis Leary as Captain Stacy. Stan Lee’s expected cameo was also entertaining as always.

As for the movie itself, it was a great start for this reboot. I initially felt it was way too soon to completely recast the movie and pull the Hollywood reboot routine, but it worked out well and I am really looking forward to future installments.

With mixed opinions on the sequel and the fact that the studio seems to be going a little overboard announcing Venom and Sinister Six movies so soon, I cannot help but be a little concerned with the directions the franchise may be going in, but I will remain positive and look forward to more Spider-Man goodness for years to come.