Flashback/Backslide is happy to welcome Zoë from The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger to the Marvel Blogathon! Zoë reviewed Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man and will be back to review the sequel soon! The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger is one of the best blogs out there and is basically mandatory reading in my opinion so make sure you head over immediately.
“Secrets have a cost. They’re not free. Not now, not ever.”
– May Parker
SYNOPSIS: Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. – via IMDB
I personally feel that The Amazing Spider-Man is more entertaining than the Raimi films (and yes, I am aware I might very well get shot). It is possible that it has to do with the fact that I think Tobey Maguire is really meh and that he doesn’t thrill me. It might also have to do with the fact that he was too serious and grumpy and so didn’t embody what I grew up thinking of Spider-Man. Don’t get me wrong, when I was growing up I was in the theatre with every Spider-Man release, no questions asked. It was Spidey, after all. Fascinating me as a kid/early teens, they didn’t quite hold the same sway for me years after the fact, so when The Amazing Spider-Man came, for one I thought it was a little too early to reboot the other franchise for one, and for two, what if it flopped as badly as Spider-Man 3? Could I sit through something like that again?
Let me just start out by saying this: I am a huge fan of The Amazing Spider-Man. I instantly regretted not having seen it in cinema when I started. I think Andrew Garfield is the best Spider-Man: he’s geeky, he’s cute, he’s smart, he is sharp, sarcastic and has plenty of quips to whip out at the best of times, and hence he captures Spider-Man for me a bit more. Not to mention that Gwen Stacy is far more appealing a love interest than Mary-Jane Watson, based purely on the fact that she is smart as a whip, gorgeous and so independent. Emma Stone was also simply the perfect pick (again, I might be biased as I adore her – how can you not?!), and she shared the most amazing (har har har) chemistry with Andrew Garfield.
The movie was shot beautifully, coming together so well. I thought the effects were pretty cool. The humour worked for me every step of the way, and I was endlessly entertained. I loved how Webb captured how insanely smart Peter is (looking specifically now at the webs). Sally Field as Aunt May and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben were great, they really pulled off that family dynamic, and I was very sad (again) when Uncle Ben went. He was so sweet, and did his best to be there for Peter in every way he possibly could.
I enjoyed seeing Peter in high school, it was very amusing. Also, the introduction of Oscorp was executed well. It was not front and centre, but it was constantly on the fringes in the background, so you know it will grow to something, not just be shoehorned in there later on. I know some people complained about the Lizard, but I am not sure why. Rhys Ifans played a convincing Dr Curt Conners, and I even felt for the man. Also, the interactions between him and Peter worked perfectly fine, in my opinion. They respected each other, then Conners went cookie, then things went mad.
The Stacy family was something I liked. They didn’t show too much of it, but as much as you knew that Denis Leary’s George Stacy was a bit of a douche, you could understand why he was the way he was, and I think that he was a great family man. The way his song changes by the end of the film is a sad thing, truly. Webb managed to blend the humour as well as the drama together seamlessly, and the script did not feel clunky. It flowed, and it worked.
Obviously I thought that The Amazing Spider-Man was a fantastic reboot and it was successful and charming. Well worth the watch, and something I relish every time I watch it.