I remember when the first Spider-man movie by Sony came out a while back. It was a redefinition of what a Superhero movie was supposed to be. Not just an over the topic comic book brought to life, but a fully fleshed out independent version of the original story that drew from the source materials and gave us a chance to experience our favorite Superheros in a whole new light. Since the release of Spider-man in 2002, which 10 years ago for your information, a slew of Superhero movies has followed that has completely changed the way we view the Superhero genre, forever.
The Amazing Spider-man is a reboot from the original trilogy. The movie pulls from the original source material more lightly then the original, and example being that we never hear the unforgettable phrase, “with great power, comes great responsibility.” Instead it is reworded and changed around a little. Mary Jane is not in the story at all, and neither is Harry Osborn. But this is not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion. After the debacle that was Spider-Man 3, a fresh take on the story is a great way to go about it.
What really got to me about this movie was it being about a younger Spider-Man. In the original trilogy, after Peter learns his life lessons, we fast forward to his college years, where he has some experience as Spider-Man and he’s gotten better at being Spider-Man. In this movie, there is no such jump. Peter Parker is a young, dangerous, and untrained Spider-Man. He’s not as strong, fast, or experienced as he will be when he gets older. He has not mastered web swinging and is not the best fighter yet. He is instantly thrown into a battle with the Lizard and he has to make it up as he goes.
Watching Spider-Man repeatedly fail because of his inexperience is tough. We expect our heroes to win, but in this movie, Peter is left cut, bruised and his suit torn and dirty. He’s smart, but not experienced. And that makes the moving so interesting. He sucks at being Spider-Man because this is his first real time. The most emotionally tough scene is when Spider-Man is trying to get to Osborn Tower, and he can’t because he has to go one building at a time. He’s not experienced enough in web swinging and needs the help of the cranes. He doesn’t have it down to the finesse that McGuire’s Spider-Man does. He doesn’t know what he can do. But Having seen Spider-Man before, having watched him my whole life, I’m shouting at him at him in my head to just swing over as always! Likes it’s nothing! Like I’m used to seeing!
But there is an upside to the frustration. We watch him grow. This trilogy is going to be one where we watch Spider-boy become Spider-Man. Here’s to hoping that they recast J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in the sequal.