Web slinging never looked better: A review of the Amazing Spider-Man
So this past Tuesday? the Amazing Spider-Man hit theaters. Now I had originally planned to see it at midnight but as time goes on I lose track of what day of the week it is. In fact the only way I know what day it is because of Wednesdays and new comics. But enough about me, lets talk Spider-Man.
Post contains spoilers
So years back we saw Toby Maguire put on the red and blue and become Spider-Man. I loved those movies, well the third one didn’t do it for me, but I am pretty sure a lot of people felt that way. However, Marvel has been killing it with their movies and it seemed that Spider-Man needed a new look. I want to make it clear that I don’t know Toby Maguire or his Spider-Man movies, for the most part they were pretty well done and I enjoyed them. I will say that The Amazing Spider-Man did a far better job.
Now I want to say that the moving itself looked amazing. I should get a bonus any time I actually use amazing in this review. The costume looked a little different and we saw the introduction on the actually web-shooters that Spider-Man uses instead of coming from the wrist like the other movies. Sadly, we also said good-bye to Kirsten Dunst as Mary-Jane Watson, but we were given Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. So while it was still Spider-Man, there was a number of differences between the two movies.
Something I really want to point out about the Amazing Spider-Man compared to the other movies is that this one is more Peter. What I mean that the character of Peter Parker acts a lot more like Peter Parker then he did in Toby Maguire movie. There was more jokes and banter as he fought. And that is one of the things I love about Spider-Man in the comics, while he gets the job done, he is also a goof. It just makes him a loveable character yet doesn’t take away the seriousness of Spider-Man.
It is the same story with a different plot. Peter still gets bit by a spider to gain his powers. Uncle Ben still dies. But in this movie we see different characters along with a different villain. Also there is more dealing with Peters parents in this movie. Now I am not anywhere close to a Spider-man expert so I can’t tell you what the comic story is but the movie does a nice job with it. It becomes clear during the movie that Peter’s father worked for Oscorp and was working with Dr. Curt Connors. Years later he uncovers his father’s hidden research and leads him on a path to find out more why they left and what happened to them.
Of course Peter later helps Connors work on the formula that was unfinished by his father and Connors. This leads to Connors becoming the Lizard. Peter takes it upon himself to stop Connors, blaming himself for his transformation. Another new major character is Captain George Stacy. Not only is he Gwen’s father but he is leading the campaign against Spider-Man. Now I don’t want to spoil the whole movie for you but I will say there are darker parts to the movie.
Personally I loved the movie. I thought it was absolutely fantastic. I think since I have been reading Spider-Man comics for the past few months I enjoyed the movie more than I enjoyed the Toby Maguire movies at the time of their release. As I mentioned before, the movie just does a better job with Peter/Spider-Man. Now I am not saying the other movies did a bad job, I am just saying this movie did a far better job. It is clear that Peter has a love for science and photography and both are noted during the movie. The science side of Spider-Man is something that was not seen a whole lot in the earlier movies.
If you enjoy comic book movies or are any kind of fan of Spider-Man I strongly recommend this movie. And even if you don’t always like those types of movies, give this a try, it is worth the time and money. It is a movie I would gladly see again. It is incredibly well done and the whole thing is just fantastic. I went with Drew and his two sons and we all loved it. I think Andrew Garfield makes a great Peter Parker and Emma Stone is wonderful as always. The cast, the looks, the action, just all of it. It truly was an amazing movie. Be sure to also check out Drew’s review for his thoughts on the movie.