Most people spend their Christmas Eve watching Christmas movies. Me? I watched The Amazing Spider Man. Starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, the movie was Marvel’s second attempt to create a successful Spider man movie franchise. The film is considered a wild success, grossing over $750 million. It currently holds the record as the highest grossing reboot of all time. Obviously, a well-done movie.
The film also keeps to the original Spider Man comic storyline. With appearances of major characters Gwen Stacy and Uncle Ben, neither of which played major roles in the original Spider Man (2002), the story writers clearly took fewer liberties with the plotline. However, the major factor to The Amazing Spiderman‘s wild success was not the plotline, but rather Andrew Garfield’s accurate portrayal of the web-swinging superhero. Garfield, who was expected to poorly represent his character, did a fantastic job, showing the human side of Spiderman with both style and ease.
While some people will remain loyal to the 2002 Spiderman movies, starring Tobey Maguire, I believe that Andrew Garfield did a far better job then Maguire. Garfield not only shows the nervous teenager side of Peter Parker (something I can personally relate to, especially around girls), but also shows Parker’s humanity, something that Maguire failed to do. And, although Maguire did an excellent job of showing Peter Parker’s humor, the 2017 reboot Spiderman: Homecoming did an even better job, as star Tom Holland became known for his excellent sense of humor.
However, in my mind, Garfield’s portrayal of Spider Man was the most accurate out of any Spiderman movie. Garfield plays a character that has difficulty coming under authority, neglects his friends, and becomes angry and emotional at the slightest insult. And yet, at the same time, he also shows a character with a heart, one that loves both his aunt and his uncle deeply and, at the end of the day, makes the most difficult decision of his life in distancing himself from Gwen Stacy. Towards the end of the movie, Peter promises a dying Captain Stacy (Gwen’s father) that he will “leave Gwen out of it”. In essence, Captain Stacy forces Peter into promising to not date his daughter, lest she be known as Spider Man’s girlfriend and thus be thrust into danger.
The viewer immediately feels for all three characters. We understand Captain Stacy’s concern for his daughter’s safety, something entirely valid, given the situation. We feel Gwen’s pain as she is “rejected” by Peter. After all, rejection is something that all of us can relate to. And, finally, we relate to Spider Man’s dilemma. Torn between the girl he loves and the promise he made, he eventually does the right thing and temporarily leaves Gwen. Instead of remaining stoic like a “real” man, he cries through his pain, fulfilling the saying, “real men cry”.
In the animated movie Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, the teenager version of Spider man says something profound. As he is getting beaten by Kingpin, he stands up and says, “I mean, I’ve looked worse. But after everything, I still love being Spider-Man. I mean, who wouldn’t? So no matter how many hits I take, I always find a way to come back. Because the only thing standing between this city and oblivion is me.” No matter how many hits Spider Man takes, he finds a way to come back. This seems to be an echo of The Amazing Spiderman, as Parker is stabbed, cut, lacerated, thrown into walls, punched, flipped, and nearly drowned. And yet, through all of his injuries, he still manages to get up and fight, no matter the cost. Once again, this is something that resonates with the viewer. The ability to get back up again, no matter what strikes us down, is something we all want to emulate.
If you haven’t seen The Amazing Spiderman and its sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, be sure to give them a shot. They are wonderful movies, prone to make you cheer and cry at the same time. Also, one last thing: Garfield is better than Tom Holland. Fight me.
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