2. We Actually Mourn The Loss Of Uncle Ben
One thing that director Marc Webb and screenwriters James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves, focus on strongly is character. In a rare turn from tradition, they follow in the footsteps of films such as Batman Begins and Hulk; to make the origin story something more than three dialogue scenes and a montage. For the impatient viewer crying, We already know this plot! I encourage you to pay a bit more attention. Motivation is often a key factor for superheroes, and none more so than Peter Parker. By the time Uncle Ben takes a bullet to the gut, we genuinely feel that loss on behalf of Parker. The reason for this is a) Martin Sheen is a terrific actor who wed all love as an uncle, and b) the bond between Peter and Ben has been constructed and developed into a functioning surrogate father/son relationship. It is always sad to see a pensioner bite the dust (see Cocoon), but no one can really say they felt the full weight of Uncle Ben passing in Raimis Spider-Man, whereas here it is fully felt. The poetic and underplayed offset of this death brings me nicely to point three.