5.02.2014

Whatever a spider can.

I don't get it. Sometimes I feel like I'm on a different planet from everyone else. Something is up with these movie critics and their recent trend towards destroying perfectly good summer movies. How....HOW is this movie a 56% and dropping on Rotten Tomatoes and Captain America has a glowing 89%? HOW????? But it's not just the critics. These Amazing Spider-man films seem to draw haters left and right. I feel like I'm in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, except all the world has been replaced with dumbheads.

Look. I'll be honest. In my not-so-humble opinion.... Spider-man, along with Superman and Batman, are the most cinematic, interesting and all around best big screen heroes there are to offer. And it isn't even close. They're just far more dynamic and compelling; other heroes just don't compare. Does that give a free pass to all Spider-man, Batman and Superman movies? No. But it certainly gives them a leg up. Sometimes, that still isn't enough for them not to be generic, derivative, formulaic and poorly received. And sometimes you have the wonderful efforts of a fantastic director and a solid cast that make you care about that world even more. And that my friends are wonderful. That's what's happening for me with these films and the filmmakers behind it. Bottom line: You can't make me hate the team of Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and their version of these characters and story no matter how hard you try.

Maybe the villain(s) doesn't/don't work for you. Maybe you felt it tried to do too much. Maybe it's not made by Christopher Nolan or Joss Whedon (whoever is your flavor) and therefore not God's gift to the world. Maybe WHATEVER. Sure there are a few plot holes here and there and the villain's motives are questionable at best. Yeah, the humor is goofy...but personally it's right up my alley. Whatever complaint you have... whatever the problem there might be, I don't think it's substantial enough to justify the negativity or claims of mediocrity. Everything here is refreshing compared to anything that has EVER come out of the Disney/Marvel machine.  It has it's own flavor (maybe a flavor similar to past Spider-man films, but who cares? Isn't that a nice flavor?) The characters up on the screen aren't 2D. They're fleshed out and they're wonderful. Peter Parker is shown with flaws and complexities. We know what makes him tick. We see all the wonderful and beautiful character moments he has because they actually give them to us to watch, instead of making us assume what happens offscreen! How is that not refreshing? How can that be a problem? Boohoo you have some random, stupid comic book complaint. I'll just enjoy the rare blockbuster that has character. Yes, there's stuff happening a mile a minute, but lucky for me I enjoyed it all. Haters gonna hate, but Emily's gonna appreciate her dear Amazing Spider-man. EMILY RATING: 8.5/10

5 comments:

Christopher Vautrinot said...

Glad to see some Spider Man love - really enjoyed reading this. I almost decided not to bother to go see this one, but I might give it a go now. :)

Thought you might be interested to hear this guys opinion: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/escape-to-the-movies/9126-The-Amazing-Spider-Man-2-The-Movie-That-Broke-MovieBob

This might be were all the hates coming from :p

Johanna said...

People are so serious about their popcorn flicks. I don't get it, but you know this isn't my thing.

Emily said...

Thanks for the comment Chris! I couldn't watch more than :30 seconds of that review it made me so mad haha. I honestly don't even get the hate. This isn't a Transformers movie here! Sheeesh. Personally I loved it, but I'm a Spider-man kind of girl.

Sarah said...

I just enjoy popcorn flicks. When I get a chance to see them, I enjoy them...and I'm not too judgmental about it either. I mean, it's not like this is an adaptation of a highly acclaimed book. It's meant to be fun.

Michelle said...

I loved this movie. It made me laugh and cry and feel genuinely different about life when I left the theater. The only weakness I saw was the too-quick development of the villains. Their motivation was a little weak, but it was easily forgivable with the amount of depth they put into the characters you actually care about.