What’s Wrong With Movies: The Amazing Spiderman

Before I get to our regularly scheduled program, Id like to thank the Florida Panthers and the San Jose Sharks for bringing me to their respective development camps.  Both were a blast.  Lots of memories and great people.

I grew up with the first Spiderman reboot series.  It’s a phrase I tread lightly because of the vast history associated with this particular character.  To specify, I grew up with the Tobey Maguire as Spiderman.  The first Spiderman still sticks out in my mind as the first grown-up movie I saw in the theater.  The scene where Maguire daftly flips over the Green Goblins glider, impaling Willem Dafoe in the process, still remains etched in my mind.  It’s the moment I lost my cinematic innocence.

You can’t un-see that


If you’re like me, and your previously untarnished views of Spidey were ruined by a forced trilogy of Spiderman movies.  You can rejoice in this reboot.  “The Amazing Spiderman” offers more than just a new story line.  To sum it up in a word, it was more natural.  Elements flowed with a smooth yet unpredictable cadence.  The revamped story line offers a new and improved story line involving the origin of Peter Parker’s parents.  It was one of the unanswered questions that bubbled up from the previous three films.  While it still remains unanswered after the film, the movies are definitely leaning toward eventually uncovering an answer in a future film.  Let’s move to the main course.  Spidey himself.

If you saw the first Spiderman movie like I did years ago, you can remember the process of nerd-spidey transformation.  He’s bitten, goes to bed skinny, wakes up jacked and can see without glasses.  Looking at the two in comparison, the “original” doesn’t properly articulate the way such a transformation would take place.  The new Spiderman, whose powers do not include natural web-shooting, focuses more on the “Spidey-sense” and super human strength/agility traits.  The end result is a more entertaining background to the well known superhero’s abilities.  Instead of seeing Tobey Maguire awkwardly spray webs all over his room, we have Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) apologetically assaulting subway passengers.

The new version of Peter Parker/Spiderman came across in a much more relatable way.  Being a guy who has seen enough of Spidey outside of the movie franchise, I’d like to think I know what he should come across as, a wise-cracking teenager.


Spiderman. You’re doing it wrong.


From previous films, you can tell that the producers wanted to make sure that this Spiderman was more in-tune with those traits. Sure, there was just as much emotional turmoil as in any of the first three, but this one didn’t have Peter Parker going the way of eye liner and black clothes to relate it to the crowd.

On a lighter note, there are a few scenes when Peter Parker exhibits other-worldly abilities at school.  He catches a rogue football and while tossing it back, overthrows and dents the uprights.  Kind of the way the iceberg dented the titanic.  Knowing the limitations of athletes in this day and age, I think Spidey fans should be looking forward to 10+ hours of extra footage on the DVD set where Peter Parker has to constantly turn down offers to Div.  1 schools and NFL Contracts.

Also Emma Stone.


Stay Thirsty My Friends,

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