Why The Amazing Spider Man Works: No Spoilers

Posted: 10th July 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized

There are three  main reasons that this movie works well, and the other Spiderman movies are rather meh.

1:  A cast that can act.

2: Gags and bits are cut short well before they can be run into the ground.

3: Spiderman is a teenager.

The first bit:

Denis Leary is probably the most widely known name in the movie, he’s never been a huge box office name, but he nails the role. Sally Field probably won’t be making an Oscar speech for this movie but she certainly makes her part come to life. Andrew Garfield also has that magical skill that manages to elude Toby Mcguire; the ability to communicate emotion.  Together with the rest of the cast, and much like the last half dozen Marvel movies, the casting is nailed down tight at a level only the Harry Potter series competes with.

The second:

The infamous seventy four hour dance scene in Spiderman 3 was just one instance of the old trilogy that made me wanna hurl. Fortunately for the carpet the wearying slog through the depths of the villains souls drained me of all the energy needed to regurgitate my meals. None of that happens in this movie. The needed scenes of any superhero coming into their powers are the right length. The emotional scenes are enough to show exactly what’s needed to communicate who a character is, and what you need to know.

The third:

Honestly, this is one of the things that annoyed me most about the last version. I’m not even the biggest Spidey fan but having him come into his powers as a twenty something (especially an android twenty something) just makes the spontaneity and moral lessons seem forced and stilted. As a teenager, with the limitations placed on a teenager by reasonable parent figures and the relationships one has in high school this Spiderman is just a lot more likeable.

Rumor has it that Spidey will join the team in Avengers 2.

  • Scott McGlasson

    (hat tip to Sarah Hoyt for the link)

    I saw this recently and agree with you.  While I think the current Batman run is to blame for the darker tone of this version of Spiderman, that’s a good thing as this current Batman series is damned near, if not, the best superhero saga to date.  Avengers was FUN.  Batman is EXCELLENT.

    If nothing else, he actually made the web spinners, showing the kid’s innate genius.  There were certainly some groaners…the construction workers grouping together to help was among the most groan-worthy, but all in all, I thought it was a good movie and certainly superior to Spiderman 3 (which was just gawd awful).

    A conspicuous absence of J. Jonah Jameson, though, wouldn’t you say?

    • Onyxhawke

      Hi Scott!

      Admittedly I’m not a big comic or Spiderman fan overall, but my admittedly feeble mind says the construction workers assistence is part of the origin of Spiderman. I didn’t see this version of Spiderman as much darker than the other ones, I just think the better acting showed both the high and low points better than the god awful first three.

      While the Batman trilogy is excellent, it is a touch overt the top sometimes in going for the dark edge. Some of it is a little too repelent to keep up the flow of the movie.

      In a direct head to head I have to give the nod to Avengers in total quality simply for having the ability to humanize the people without lionizing them and still making the powers impressive with so many different personalities. While I’m hardly a Whedonite, he’s the first director (with help from good acting) to make The Hulk and Banner likeable, the two Hulk movies were mehtacular.