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Just got back from seeing The Amazing Spider-Man.  Ahhhh all the happy feels.  Spider-Man was pretty much my first big super hero when I was a kid, and I had a huge crush on him in middle school.  Okay, well, partially Tobey Maguire, but also Spider-Man in general.  My brother and I were pretty into reading the original comics for a while, too.  So now I can't tell if The Amazing Spider-Man was actually a good movie or not because my inner twelve-year-old is too busy hopping up and down with glee.

Things that made me happy:

-Peter doing science!  And not just pretend science where he pokes at something while wearing glasses and OOH MAGIC NOW HE HAS A NEW TOOL, but internet-searching and reading textbooks and playing with equations and wiring circuits.  Although I must confess I was momentarily distracted by an equation that appeared to contain log(exp(something)).  Because generally those cancel each other out....

-Gwen doing science!  She works in the lab and clearly knows what she's doing, and Peter needs her help and she gets to go to the lab and be very self-possessed for someone hiding from the Lizard, and she thinks of things like holding the flame near the smoke detector and making a makeshift blowtorch with an aerosol spray can.

-Relatedly, Gwen kicking tail!  I love that she tries to take down the Lizard with a trophy from the hall.  And when Peter tries to stay away from her like he promised her father, she confronts him and calls him on it.  I was pretty skeptical when he made the promise--oh, the helpless damsel needs men to make decisions about her safety, we've totally never seen that one before--so I'm quite pleased that Gwen figures it out and is also unimpressed.

-The part where he throws her out the window!  So cute, and a nice nod to the original comics.  I was a little worried she was going to die there!

-Stan Lee as the oblivious headphones guy during the fight in the library. :D

-Peter Parker is the most adorkable.  He's so awkward and nerdy and not very good at having a conversation without tripping over himself.  

-For once, a movie in which the super hero being beaten up actually, you know, has an effect.  At least a little bit.  It's always sort of silly when they get thrown from rooftops and kicked in the ribs and knocked over the head and then get up, totally fine, not even a scratch.  Plus it gives opportunities for the fluffy sort of moments like when he limps over to Gwen's apartment and she takes care of him.  Awww.

-The dialogue between Gwen and her dad when she is hiding Peter in her room is also hilarious.  She says she is too old for cocoa, and her dad cites her fantasy of living in a house of chocolate, which is totally something an adorkable teenager would say.  Okay, Gwen is also the most adorkable.

-They just really did an awesome job with the characters in general.  Peter and Gwen are really believable as nerdy high school students.  The way they portrayed Peter in particular reminds me a lot of my brother or one of my geeky guy friends.  And Gwen is not a helpless princess or anything like that!  

-I really really want fic where in 10-15 years Gwen is an amazing scientist and Peter has gotten really good at being Spider-Man, and they are New York's most adorkable power couple.  Where have they hidden all the new Spider-Man fic?  The AO3 has, like, less than 20 stories for the new movie, and, like, half of them are Avengers crossover fics.  School didn't get out until the beginning of June so I kind of missed the boat on The Avengers.

-And I saw the trailer for The Dark Knight returns.  I can't wait to see Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.  The part where she flips through the window backwards while wearing classy pearls was super impressive.  Plus, Batman is my other favorite superhero. 



Date: 2012-07-08 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I liked The Amazing Spider-Man too. :D I've never read the original comics, but I want to after seeing this movie. I loved how Peter was so snarky. And the actual science, too! I really liked Gwen. She was more than a love interest.

I was really pleased with the science montages. Especially the experiments. Because of course no one gets it right on the first try, and the whole point of the scientific method is to try different things until one of it works.
Edited Date: 2012-07-08 02:14 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-07-08 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, you should see if you can find the anthologies! That's what we did. You might even be able to get them at your library.

And yay for science!

Date: 2012-07-08 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a good idea, I'll look into it!

Date: 2012-07-08 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This movie sounds adorable! I was skeptical that Spider-Man needed a reboot so soon after the Maguire movies, but from your review of it, it sounds really cute and relevant to my interests :D

I was momentarily distracted by an equation that appeared to contain log(exp(something)). Because generally those cancel each other out....


(I remember I completely lost any ability to take the second Maguire!Spider-Man movie seriously after the pseudo-science mumbo-jumbo about "precious tritium" or whatever. Fortunately, I'm awful at catching detail on a screen, so I'm sure to miss any such visual gems as that equation :)

Date: 2012-07-08 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was indeed very cute!

Haha, yeah, science in movies never really makes sense. This movie kind of suffered from a case of OH LOOK CONVENIENT SCIENTIFIC PLOT DEVICE, but at least you got to see people doing the bad science sometimes instead of it being there entirely by magic. :P

Haha, your icon is pretty great. :D

Date: 2012-07-08 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! :) (It was something that came up in conversation and then proved surprisingly useful in icon form XD)

Date: 2012-07-10 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I went with a friend of mine and I think we may have annoyed the people sitting in front of us just a bit (we were the giggly pair). She'd never seen anything spiderman, so we had a great time - plus, you know, 3D.

I like this movie so much better than the old ones. The characters are more rounded, and Peter deals with Uncle Ben's death like a normal person instead of obsessing over it for years. And they made Flash a person, with emotions, which made me happy. What can I say - I like my redemption!feels.

Also, Peter acctually looking like a teenager.

That bit with Gwen and her dad was brilliant - totally TMI, but sooo in character.

(And then for some reason, after all of this, my sister and I sat down yesterday night and watched Spiderman 3 - and spent most of the movie cringing at how bad (in a general way) it was compared to the new film.)

See me rant.

Date: 2012-07-10 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That sounds like fun! I really want to see it again, although I am reluctant to shell out for another ticket, especially since Batman is coming up and I also want to see Moonrise Kingdom if I get a chance.

I really liked the first two of the older movies, but yeah, Spider-Man 3 should not have happened, haha. I think maybe Aunt May was a bit more developed in the older movies, but then they had more time to do it. But yeah, TASM did a great job making Flash into a person and not just a stock bully. I felt like Gwen and Peter got over their deaths in the family a little too fast, but Peter definitely reacted more like a moody/guilty teenager than someone with a hero complex, which was sensible.

How does Andrew Garfield look so young? He's, like, 28, and he looks just like my little brother (who is 19). Emma Stone was awesome as Gwen, but I had a hard time seeing her as a high school student--she looks too put-together, I think.

Date: 2012-07-10 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm seeing it again. Today, in fact \0/

I prefer the first two as well - but they still feel a bit...flat. Aunt May is just awesome - but the new movie was more action-packed and less family!feelings.

I totally want to see Peter and Flash becoming bros - Flash is such a Spidy!fanboy and you just know he'd totally be Peter's best friend if he knew.

I think it was just that we didn't see a lot of the grieving process. Peter went out to find the man that did it; and when he realised that there was more to life than revenge, he almost straight away had to go up against something bigger.
And because the film focused on Peter more than Gwen, we only see a little bit of her after he father dies...

I don't know how he does it, but I'm sure as hell not complaining.
That's my line of thought too - they did a good job of making her look younger. But she was playing a more focused and mature character too.

Date: 2012-07-11 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahhh, have fun!

I haven't seen the older movies in a while. They were more introspective, which I did like, but I am glad that the new movie didn't make things quite as angsty, especially with the cannot-be-together relationship drama.

Flash and Peter being best friends would be adorable. Especially if Flash knew but Peter didn't realize it, and he was just confused and like "Why is Flash being so nice to me and suddenly wanting to hang out all the time?"

Yeah, I think you're right and it was just more condensed.

How did you get into Spider-Man? My first Spider-Man thing was the Sam Raimi movies when I was in middle school. I read some of the old Spider-Man comics because my brother had a bunch of anthologies, and then we also used to watch the cartoon.

Date: 2012-07-11 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh I agree; angst is not my thing - yet another reason why I was so happy with the new film. There were sad bits and angry bits, but overall is was action-packed and fun.

Flash would probably try to get Peter to tutor him as an excuse to hang out, and then whenever Peter cancled because 'reasons' be at the TV watching out for Spiderman.

They might expand it if they make a second film; there was a lot to get into this first one.

I just watched the movies; liked them. Not much of a comics reader, but I always enjoyed Marvel's films. when I saw the adds for the new movie I was all 'that looks much cooler than the old ones. I must see this!'. But yeah - just liked the films. Plus, spandex and mid-air gymnastics.

Date: 2012-07-11 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Flash would probably try to get Peter to tutor him as an excuse to hang out, and then whenever Peter cancled because 'reasons' be at the TV watching out for Spiderman.

Oh my goodness, everything about this is adorable.

I heard there's going to be a sequel, do you know if that's true?

I don't have the patience for serialization, so I only really read comics if I can get them in like a trade paperback from the library, which is to say, not very often. :P There have been a lot of good Marvel movies in the past ten years or so. Oh man, has it really been that long? I feel old now. o_O

Date: 2012-07-11 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't even know where that came from, but I can say not that Flash/Peter is my new BrOTP.

They left it prety open; especially the after-Credits snippet.

Ten years? Seriously? Wow, that's...weird...seriously weird. Really? That went quick.

Yeah - I read a few of the comics, but never in any order, so it didn't make much sense.

Date: 2012-07-11 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, the first Spider-Man movie came out in 2002. Crazy.

Date: 2012-07-11 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow. I can remember going to the cinema to see number 3 when it came out. We were so excited back then...

Now days I get excited about things like a character's smile (and he has a fantastic smile, this new fellow), and Benedict Cumberbatch getting to be a Dragon, and Jack Frost having white hair and a hoodie

Date: 2012-07-11 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, right, The Hobbit is coming out this year! Eee!

Date: 2012-07-11 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! Yes it is! I've been waiting eight years for this movie. And I'm even going to New Zealand in January XD

Date: 2012-07-11 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's so cool! I've always wanted to visit New Zealand.

Date: 2012-07-11 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's beautiful there - you must go if you ever get the chance.

I'm traveling with my sister; we're doing a two week cruise.

Date: 2012-07-11 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's awesome! Have fun! :D

Date: 2012-07-11 05:00 am (UTC)

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