Jack's Review of The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man(2012)
Is Spider-Man gonna have to choke a bitch?
If you liked the first Sam Raimi movie, you'll probably have similar feelings towards this one as it follows a very similar formula to the point that Peter Parker even learns a very similar lesson about helping others leading to a very similar prod spurring him onto his crusade of vigilante justice. These are only deep, core elements and get handled very differently but the similarities are there for observant viewers nonetheless.
The only possible breaking point is if you mind that this movie is much darker than the previous trilogy or even any other medium of Spider-Man that preceded it and I don't just mean in terms of lighting. Without giving away too much, there is a scene where Spider-Man briefly and intentionally suffocates a guy and implies that he only let him survive because he wasn't the guy for whom he was searching. So as it would happen: No. No, Spider-Man is not gonna have to choke a bitch.
The web-shooter devices are back from the cartoon and comic book as well which should be cause for celeberation as it gives Spider-Man that literary weakness, which every well-written protagonist needs and if this incarnation of Spider-Man was anything, it was well-written. It gets back to the roots in many ways, returning the sarcastic, snarky personality of the cartoon right along with the original bookworm Parker from the original 1963 comic to create a new and unique Peter Parker that I find far more relatable than any incarnation before him and the added dimensions make him feel more authentic than most of them as well.
Although I didn't feel it necessary to mention, I spoke to somebody about it that wanted to know how long they dragged out the discovery-of-his-powers sequence and the answer is, almost no time at all. He's bitten, there's a fight scene, that basically it. A brief, comical montage shows him learning to control his new strength, during which the movie quickly went over the construction of the web-shooters but I did think the obligatory awkward hook-up scene between Peter and Gwen Stacey did a bit too good of a job at actually being an awkward scene but I guess the director didn't agree so he dragged it on for about 30 seconds longer than it needed to be after it had already achieved the status of "uncomfortable".