With Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man bring released on DVD this week I was compelled to remember how much of a disappointment the rebooted Spider-Man was. Now before you pass this off as a hate crime against reboots, I want to make it clear that I enjoyed Sam Raimi’s trilogy but didn’t think they were the greatest movies ever.
In fact, after Spider-Man 3 (with its rushed plot and abundance of villains) I was quite happy at the prospect of a new start for the Spider-Man franchise and the casting of Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans as Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy and Doc Connors seemed like a fantastic idea to me.
However, even going in with an open mind wasn’t enough to help me enjoy this film. Here’s a few of the reasons why….
Darker Doesn’t Mean Better
Angst. Angst everywhere!
Seems like every time a franchise isn’t doing too well commercially, the answer is always to make it darker. This can work in some cases (like with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy) but it doesn’t work for a character who isn’t that dark. Peter Parker has always been quite a light hearted character (who always has a quip for every occasion). Sure, he’s had dark times (Gwen’s death, the symbiote suit) but those are all the more effective because they’re a break from the norm. Making Peter dark and angsty in this film just meant that we had a hero we’d didn’t really want to root for.
Especially when it comes to Aunt May. He treats her like dirt the whole movie but it’s all fine in the end. Not because he accepts responsibility and shares her grief at Uncle Ben’s Death. Not because he tells her he’s sorry. Not even because he explains he’s Spider-Man and that’s what he’s been up to…. Nope, it’s all fine because he brings her some eggs. Dynamite writing there.
Mumble Your Way Into A Ladies Pants
I’m sorry Peter. Could you repeat that. I don’t speak Gibberish.
Maybe I missed something but why exactly does Gwen Stacy fall for Peter? They don’t interact very much before falling in love and most of the time he just mumbles incoherently at her …which for some reason seems to make her want him all the more.
The two have little to no chemistry. If Gwen had died at the end I wouldn’t have been thinking “Oh no, Peter just lost the love of his life”, I’d be thinking “Why is he so upset? He barely said a full sentence to her this entire movie!”
On a personal note, I’ve mumbled at girls and all it got me was strange looks. Then again, I don’t look like Andrew Garfield… so maybe this question answers itself.