10 Things The Amazing Spider-Man Does Better Than The Original Trilogy
10. Web Swinging
One of the central elements to making an exciting, large scale Spider-Man movie is getting the web swinging right. It's one of the character's most unique visual elements and without you may as well be watching any number of superhero flicks set with a generally strong hero. Sam Raimi's trilogy did a stand up job in doing this, trying all manner of camera tricks to create the illusion of flying through the streets. But while Raimi's was an illusion, in the Amazing films it felt real. The new series dabbled with a lot of things. The early trailers for the first movie boasted some exciting Spidey-POV action, but that was met with an iffy fan reaction and it was conspicuously absent from the finished film. Still, what's left is some exciting web swinging, with the POV making way way for a camera that overall hung closer to Spider-Man. Raimi's wide shots had shown the majesty of the character's swinging, but Webb's close ups, with the camera diving with Peter, put audiences in the same adrenaline rush position as their hero. Raimi attempted this at points, but Webb was greatly helped by the leaps forward in CGI in the decade between the films, with the whole thing feeling less stilted.