The Amazing Spider-Man premiered last week with impressive opening numbers all around the world. This reboot from the notable film series by Sam Raimi saw Marc Webb – who made his debut with (500) Days of Summer – take the directorial reigns for a new generation of actors, including Andrew Garfield as the iconic superhero.
Let me start by saying I’m a huge Spider-Man fan. No I did not read every single comic out there nor did I watch every single episode of the cartoon, but I certainly tried. I don’t walk around pretending I’m an animated Spider-Man encyclopedia who can spit out random bits of information as fast as Spider-Man can catch thieves. No, I’m merely a fan.
That being said, I thought this movie was amazing – pun intended. Don’t get me wrong, Raimi’s films were equally impressive – let’s just not count Spider-Man 3 for now – but technically speaking, The Amazing Spider-Man was darker, grittier, and far more clever as well. But with every film currently in existence, there are those that would bring every ounce of bias, raging zeal, and random bits of encyclopedia information that they like to spit out to the movie theater.
Here are 5 common criticisms that have graced our internet and here is me tearing them apart. Major Spoilers ahead:
5. Too Many Cheesy Scenes
This is a common one for superhero movies and there’s a simple reason why. What’s a superhero movie without its fair share of cheese? It’s hard to avoid when you have burly men running around in spandex and underwear screaming equally embarrassing remarks. There is obviously such a thing as too much cheese – Spider-Man 3 go away – but this movie was far from that as there were only three scenes that most people were complaining about, all of which last about one minute total.
First there’s the football randomly trying to get in on the action between Peter and Gwen on the bleachers. Yes I thought it was just a tad too random for lack of a better word, but come on, who doesn’t want to get kissed by Spider-Man? That and I felt the scene had a certain spontaneous quirkiness that Spider-Man is known for having.
Second, the crane scene. Again, I admit it was a bit cheesy, but the payout was what every superhero needs: trust. Not only was the scene beautiful to watch, but for the first time, Peter Parker felt a hero’s worth. He was brought down to reality and came out the city’s savior. A superhero can only be a superhero with the skies of a city to support them.
Then we have the lizard rat. That was actually stupid. Enough said.