6 comments on “The Amazing Spiderman: The Better Spiderman!

  1. I find the huge polar divide between those who like the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies and this one interesting. I like them all and own all four (but that could be that Spider-Man has always been my favorite of the super heroes, and I’m not a purist). The things I liked best about this latest reboot is that it restored some of the comic book Spider-Man traits which were not in Tobey’s Spider-Man (and which were not Tobey’s fault)–like the web being something he created and added to his costume rather than part of his powers). I always thought that one of the best parts of Spider-Man was his wit and intelligence. He didn’t just fight with brawn, but with brain. I think the Amazing Spider-Man movie restored that very important character trait. Also, while many people were surprised by Gwen Stacy’s replacement of Mary Jane Watson, I must point out that Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker’s first paramour in the comic book, so this movie definitely righted some “wrongs” in the first trilogy. That said, I loved Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. I will always enjoy watching those earlier movies.

    While I don’t see that it was really necessary to rephrase the most famous line in Spider-Man, I find it interesting how it was rephrased. A vast amount of people in our current society would probably take umbrage at being told they have a “moral obligation” to do anything, and the idea that “responsibility” should take precedence over “choice” is a message that is daily disparaged and ignored. While we are busy slinging around excuses for why we don’t take responsibility for anything important (let alone the consequences for our own actions), it’s always good to reflect on the fact that God took personal RESPONSIBILITY for OUR rebellion and CHOSE to die on the cross so that we might have salvation. WOW!

    If anyone cares to check it out, I did a podcast episode (http://areyoujustwatching.com/ayjw030-the-amazing-spider-man-2012/) on this movie while it was still in the theaters with my occasional guest, Chris Jones. I will warn you in advance, though, that I misheard the Uncle Ben quote during initial pre-release viewing of the movie and spent quite a bit of time in the podcast on a completely irrelevant discussion on how to define “good.” The danger of taking notes in a dark theater . . . .

  2. Totally unnecessary re-boot, but it was still very fun and entertaining. Also, Garfield was a nice choice for Peter Parker even if I do miss Tobey Maguire just a tad bit. Just a tad, though. Good review Elliott.

  3. I thought it was pretty early for a reboot, but in hindsight I’m glad they did. Garfield is light-years better than Maguire as Spider-Man. He has the edge, the attitude, and can also pass for the independent nerd type. Excellent job by him. Good review Elliott.

  4. I have to say I don’t dislike Tobey Maguire’s as Spiderman. At the time I really liked and pretty much everyone else thought the same way. For some reason it’s popular to bash Tobey, but I think he did a fine job. However I don’t really remember his movies very well so I think I need to go back and re-watch them. Regardless I do think Andrew did an excellent job. Eve… I completely agree with what you said in regards to this. They definitely did a better job fleshing out Spiderman’s character. I’ll check out your podcast, thanks for sharing.Thanks everyone for all your comments. Less than year till the next installment!

  5. I admit, TAS is my favourite Spider-Man movie by far. What I really appreciate about the new series is that Peter is actually developing. He is not stuck in the ever same circle.

    It’s a little bit like a tape player. You get one and think that it is the greatest thing ever. And then the CD comes around and then the I-pot and you realized what you missed all this years…there will always be the nostalgia for the tape, and you will always appreciate that it existed at one point, but truly going back to it isn’t an option either.

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