Earlier today, I found myself watching the new ‘Amazing Spiderman’ trailer with my family. I must say, it was one of the most- no, scratch that. It was THE most awkward movie trailer I had ever been so unfortunate as to look upon. I won’t bother you with the details, since I’m pretty sure many people have seen it already. What I want to address is something a bit entirely different.
A few months ago, when I first saw the ‘Amazing Spiderman’ trailer on Youtube, I was astonished to find that someone had critiqued that this new Spiderman movie would be way better than the original. They remarked that in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman the acting was mediocre, the actors, the director himself, and, well, they basically assaulted the original three movies in their entirety. That made me very angry to see.
When I was a child, my father used to tell me about things that happened in the comic books, how Mary Jane was Peter’s second girlfriend, that Gwen Stacy was his first and she died while falling down the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. I was very interested in the world of Spiderman and superheroes in general. Then, in 2002, Sony came out with the very first live action Spiderman movie. I remember watching it and being thrilled as the chorus sang the theme of Spiderman. It was an unforgettable experience. I was merely twelve years old when I saw it and I was mesmerized.
I have a natural affection to the original Spiderman movies that many people on Youtube, and basically in the whole world, would make fun of me for. Even now, people rag on the original Spiderman movies everywhere and say that they just KNOW the Amazing Spiderman will be so much better than the original. Well, people are entitled to their opinions, but I watched the trailer once, saw another version and was left completely and utterly unmoved.
Now, you cannot possibly tell if a movie will be a piece of crap just by watching the trailer, but you can get some good insight from trailers. And what I could see from the Amazing Spiderman is that it should have been renamed ‘The Amazing Awkwardness’. Seriously, just watch it and you’ll see for yourself. I won’t attempt to win over anybody with this post, but just inform people why I like the old ones and why Tobey Maguire will always be my favorite and only Peter Parker/Spiderman.
The first two movies were excellent and the third one was very good. But it had priceless moment that seized my heart: The scene where Peter tells Sandman that he forgave him for accidentally shooting his Uncle Ben. A lot of Christians liked the idea that Peter forgave Sandman. It still left a bitter taste in my mouth that Harry finally turned around, only to die saving Peter’s life. And there is also the scene in the first Spiderman where Uncle Ben dies. I’m not saying I enjoyed it, but you couldn’t help but be inspired as Peter runs off, looking for his Uncle’s (supposed) killer. It shows you the tragedy that bore a hero. You can feel his rage and his despair; you actually want to see him murder the killer in a way. There were many points of the movies where they just sucked you in and made you feel like you were living in them.
Spiderman taught us that, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” I believe that to be one of the hardest lessons mankind ever has to learn. Spiderman brought the realism of the consequences of our actions to the big screen in a most passionate and provocative way. I’m not cracking on The Amazing Spiderman, but I have become attached to the original. I just don’t see how doing a reboot that’s ‘more like the comic books’ going to be of any relevance. And if I watch it, it’ll be with little or no interest, only as a critic, which I might just end up being, since I like to speak out on movies I like and dislike.