It's been five years since I saw Spiderman 3 and I haven't really watched any films in the previous trilogy since then, so I was able to approach the film with relatively fresh eyes. I feel that this film is superior to the previous trilogy. It felt more grounded than the Raimi trilogy, which embraced spectacle and character archetypes at the expense of character development. Pros:
- Andrew Garfield strikes me as a believable Spider-man and Peter Parker. Going from the awkward stuttering to the deadpan snarking seemed more seamless. Tobey Maguire was a great Peter Parker, but he never really sold me as Spider-man.
- Martin Sheen as Ben Parker was really great, and I'm glad that they made him seem like a father figure in all its aspects — fair-minded disciplinarian, included — rather than just a sage old man who spouts out words of wisdom to be quoted later during an epiphany.
- Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy was very good. I'm glad she was shown to be just as nerdy and intelligent as Peter, and that she is a Badass Damsel. Throughout the entire film, she needs rescuing zero times. After a string of films where Mary Jane is the Distressed Damsel du jour, having Gwen hold her own was very refreshing. In fact, this film's Gwen makes MJ pale so much in comparison so much that I'd be willing to see her eventual fate be postponed one whole film.
- Police are portrayed as reasonable people and not bumbling strawmen that superheroes step over to get the job done. The fact that Peter actually goes to Capt. Stacy with info on the Lizard was an excellent inclusion, and the captain himself is a Badass.
- Web-slinging scenes look a lot better.
- Peter taking longer to understand the responsibilities tied to his powers. It makes him show actual growth. And face it, no teenager would immediately understand the responsibilities of power and anonymity.
- Aunt May is underutilized.
- The subplot about Peter's parents seemed unnecessary.
- It seems like Connors' plotline was rushed. I heard scenes of him were excised. He was still a better villain than most in the Raimi trilogy, but a little more development into his relationship with Peter would have helped. Also, the world without weakness speech just screams "Mad Scientist."
- The crane scene was narmy, but not cripplingly so.
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