Sunday, September 09, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.

Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents disappearance leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. (Excerpt from GV)


Although I enjoyed the original Spider Man series, there was always something about Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of being nerdy that didn’t quite resonate with me. Andre Garfield’s portrayal of Spider Man was more realistic, to me at least. There is humor and some romance thrown in, but the characters in this story are not as ‘weak’ as the first one, and have a more sarcastic stance on things.

This version of Spider Man delves into Peter’s past and how he came to live with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. The only thing that is the same is how the uncle dies, everything else has a slightly different take. It shows Peter’s vulnerable and nerdy side, always longing for his father and when he finds the slightest clue, grabs on to it and sneaks into the facility run by his father’s ex-associate – where he gets bitten. But it also shows how Peter does not shrink away from trying to stand up for the bullied. In this version, he really isn’t an outcast or nerd in the truest sense, just someone who borders between being noticeable and trying not to get noticed.

His crush in this storyline, Gwen, is the daughter of the police chief and is a person who can stand her ground. The ending for them was, although sad, but worked out in the end; albeit open ending. After Peter gets bitten, and as his powers are more apparently, he literally learns how to control and use them by practicing. And he doesn't shot web out of his hands in this version, it follows more closely to the comic (I think) where the web shot where from cartridges he developed himself, which gives him more vulnerability as a hero. The death of his uncle hits him hard and he becomes a masked vigilante not to seek vengeance (as much as the original), but to try to bring justice to his presumed perception of injustice.

This version is more interesting as everything seems linked, from Peter’s father’s disappearance to his bitten talents, his father’s ex-associate’s transformation and the possible hint that a higher hand has a play at this game is intriguing. The only thing I could not figure out is why is Peter using an antique analogue camera when there are digital cameras? What was the specific reasons for that I wonder?


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