Not only my new favorite superhero movie, but my new favorite movie, period. ***Major Spoilers***
How this movie has been getting so much negativity is a mystery. I saw it as a pure out-of-body experience.
I'll start with the action. From the beginning, we get a gunfight on a plane (which leads to catastrophic engine destruction), quickly followed by a car chase through Manhattan, led by a Large Ham
Speaking of laughs, we get lots of those too. The entire theater, myself and my friend included, were tickled pink pretty often. Cases in point: Peter coming home with his suit all dirty (or dead-fish-y
); Peter's swapping of insults with Harry Osborn; the whole "God Save the Queen!" bit, and so very much more.
But this movie isn't a comedy. When I wasn't laughing, or jumping out of my seat with excitement, I was sitting there watching the character development play out. You know you're watching a great movie when the long talky parts don't bore you to death, especially since you know the big action will return soon. Hardly Tarantino
, but still. The development of the two major villains is also well-executed, especially given that both actually start out as less overtly evil.
And for the rest of the movie, I was letting myself cry openly. The early scene where Peter and Gwen break up is just such an example, but even more so is the heart-wrenching climax, all leading up to Gwen's death.
I felt everything as if I were in first Gwen's place (the raw fear of falling
), then Peter's (undoubtedly the most intense Manly Tears
ever.) I shall never allow my sister to see this part - she laughed when Rue died.
Finally, at the very end, with that one kid Spidey saved before stepping up to the Rhino
- that's the one scene that reaffirmed the whole point of Spider-Man. He's THE Everyman
, the one superhero who exists, in some small part, in everyone. And when everyone started clapping, I'm like, "This is the movie everyone says is crap?"
I'd like to finish with this: as an aspiring writer and storyteller, TASM 1 and 2 are my primary inspirations. They're just that good.
Now - who shall play MJ in #3? I vote Jennifer Lawrence
- 'cause, let's face it, not many can match the amazing Garfield/Stone chemistry, and Jen's got the talent to deliver.