So I’m almost done with The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and this is what I think.
1. The Story
This is a different version of the Spiderman movies that they just made, which at first surprised me. However, what they did with the classic story was really brilliant. When you combined the emphasis on his family and his everyday life (a nice inclusion from the old comics) with the filmography and acting, the result was a grittier, more real-life Spiderman. I always thought the previous trilogy was a little bit neat, clean, and perfectionist, which I’m sometimes a fan of, but in this case it was all much more real and understandable.
2. Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone)
Contrary to what you’re probably thinking, I’m NOT just putting Emma Stone on this list because she’s hot. In fact, she somehow manages to make her good looks present, but not the important part of why she’s in the movie, a skill I admired in her from Easy A. She is a crucial character in the movie, especially since her father is related closely to Spiderman through the story. What I really liked about her was the fact that, unlike how Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) is portrayed in the last set of movies, she is a normal teenager (sure, she’s cute and her family seems rich, but she seems to think and act like a normal teenage girl, which I didn’t quite get from Mary Jane in the last set of movies) and therefore her relationship with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is much more intelligible from a fellow teenager’s perspective and just makes more sense. (See Peter’s transformation.)
3. The Bad Guy, Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans)
I have only one complaint about this guy: the pacing in his transformation from scientist out to help himself to idealist who wants to improve the word was believable, but too fast. However, his monstrous creation is just awesome, and his ideas actually make sense. I really appreciated that – that his plan was believable. His motive, too, was very understandable, since all he really wanted was to have his arm back (and his actions show that; the movie also incorporates that fact nicely into a few scenes.)
4. Height = Drama
One of the great things about Spiderman movies has always been the CLIMBING. Spiderman can climb, of course, and most of the baddies can too. The ability to swing from tall buildings, too, was used heavily in the movies of the last set to create some very dramatic scenes; in this one, they took full advantage of that. I especially liked the bit with the cranes, and the new ways webbing was used to move Spiderman quickly up buildings or across surfaces.
5. Spiderman Himself (Andrew Garfield)
I have not seen Andrew Garfield in any movie before. Being done with this one, I now regret that. He was not good. He was not great. He was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Tobey Maguire, the previous “incarnation” of Peter Parker, was a geek and a nerd, but always happy and very innocent, much like a six-year-old thrown into the real world. Garfield is very clearly a teenager: always hiding behind his hood, totally infatuated with Gwen, and most of the time filled with nervous energy about entering the very adult world of crime and policemen. (NOTE: if you get around to watching the movie, pay careful attention to the car thief scene. I think it summarizes how Garfield plays Parker.) There are some superb lines from him, and his interactions with everyone are understandable and relatable as a teenager.
Another great part of the movie is his transformation. The previous Peter Parker went from geek to hero in like thirty seconds, and it just wasn’t believable. In this movie, he really never changes from the teenager that he is. Sure, he sometimes acts heroic, but most of the time he’s just carrying out the same ideas he’s always had but with more strength, speed, and abilities. I personally thought it was, like I keep saying, incredibly believable.
Anyway, that’s my opinion. If you disagree with me, feel free to comment! (Or, if you’re one of the writers, you can post about it!)
As always, thanks for reading. Allons-y!
P.S. I talked to Violet a lot tonight. We even Skype called for a bit (no video, since it was late and her Internet connection was a little wibbly wobbly, just audio.) She’s a really marvelous girl. I wish she lived closer, not so damn far away, because I’d really enjoy meeting her in person and talking to her more and stuff. She seems to like a lot of the same things I do, and we’ve had some totally awesome conversations (mostly late at night, and those are always the best!)
P.P.S. If Skynet were my status as single, Skynet would have just become self-aware very recently. Still not sure if that’s going to make me do anything stupid… I guess I have almost all of break still to think about what I want to risk doing, how important it is for me to chase what I want, and just exactly what will make me happy. I think I know what I want, but those first two questions still need to be answered.