Continuing my series of watching famous geek movies I have never watched before, we now look at the Amazing Spider-Man. Amazing Spider-Man was a reboot Sony did to renew the franchise. Was it any good? We shall see. Once again, I start with snarky comments, and then go to final thoughts that are super spoilerish.
So we are starting a superhero movie with…hide and go seek???
Well, seeing the parents is different.
I’ve had jocks thrown basketballs at my head too…and I was a substitute teacher at the time at a hick school.
WHEELS UP, DON’T BOARD.
Flash’s real name is Eugene? Why do I think of mentally disabled people when I hear that name? 😉
Is this Oscorp or EPCOT?
It’s raining spiders, hallelujah it’s raining spiders.
Well, that bites.
That subway scene is one of the best fights I have ever seen.
Well, that is one useful thing about getting spider powers: catching flies.
Okay, this is starting to get spooky.
If you don’t get even sometimes, a lot of bad keeps happening.
Young love is awkward.
Boy this Uncle Ben is sanctimonious.
DAMN!!! (Uncle Ben’s death scene)
You know, Spidey could could make one heck of a bounty hunter.
That headstand is kicking in my acrophobia.
Meeting the parents…to the extreme.
So the Lizard thinks he’s the Green Goblin now?
I hope he can make that web fluid cheaply.
(Not-so) Random Stan the Man Lee cameo…check.
Why do you keep sending away your baes Peter?
SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
Definitely a fun flick. I am not sure which Spidey origin movie I prefer, as it’s been a few years since I’ve seen Tobey’s. However, I did like seeing a less mopey Peter Parker. Also, it was cool seeing Peter’s parents for the first time on film. Given that in the comics they were S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, it makes for a nice tie-in when Spidey joins the MCU. It was also nice to see that a Spidey movie did not need J. Jonah Jameson or Mary Jane Watson.
However, my major problem with Macguire’s Spidey origin story was done again in the Garfield one. In both movies, Peter Parker was justified in not helping to stop the criminal. After that cashier was such an ass towards him and refusing to let him take a penny in order to buy the groceries, I don’t blame Peter at all in not stopping the criminal. In both movies Ben Parker ends up dying because of that choice, but by coincidence. In the original comic Peter had no reason not to stop the criminal. He had no reason to be selfish in the comics.
I could not help but think of the Flash TV show watching this. Gwen Stacey definitely gave the vibe that she could be part of a Team Spidey the same way Kaitlyn and Frisco are Team Flash. Also, I can easily see Grant Gustin play Spidey.
As for the ending, I was rather “meh”. The Lizard is an interesting choice for movie villain for Spidey, and while he works as a henchman, he didn’t seem that great of main bad guy, All the Lizard did for me is some idea what the rumored Rampage movie would look like. I also didn’t care much for Uncle Ben or Aunt May. Uncle Ben seemed too sanctimonious and I was simply not buying that woman as Aunt May. Marisa Tomei is likely to be even worse.
Still, this easily went to becoming my favorite film of 2012. The dialogue and action was fun, if a bit darker than I would wish at times. Gwen is cute, but kinda sad knowing that she is destined to die in a future movie. Also, the movie allowed Spidey to look like the scientific genius he was in the comics, which is a definite plus. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, and don’t mind having it spoiled, go watch it.
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