The Amazing Spider Man – if this where a YA novel it is made of WIN!

FAIR WARNING THERE SHALL BE SPOILERS!!!  IF YOU HAVE NOT SCENE THIS MOVIE AND WANT TO AND DON’T WANT IT TO BE RUINED STOP HERE.  IF YOU HAVE NOT SCENE THIS MOVIE AND ARE ON THE FENCE AND WANT TO SEE IF MAYBE THIS MOVIE IS FOR YOU, PROCEED WITH CAUTION.  IF YOU WANT AN ENTERTAINING VIEW ON WHY I LOVED THIS MOVIE AND COWBOY DID NOT, THEN CHARGE FORWARD!

So if the new Spider Man reboot movie where a YA novel, it was AMAZINGLY well done.  Just don’t ask Cowboy because he will completely disagree with you.

I should probably preface this with the fact that I LOVE comic book movies, but I do not actually nor have I ever followed comic books.  So I don’t know the original story behind a lot of these movies. Cowboy, often times does because a lot of these things where originally boy marketed.  I am cool with this, and go to see them because a lot of the time they are highly entertaining and well done, and have pretty men in fun costumes with special effects and a love story.  Mostly I am amused, and sometimes I am blown away.

So Spider Man…. The scene that Cowboy hated the most, was the one I loved the most.  The boy is asking a girl out, and is stumbling around with his words and doesn’t really ask her out to anything in specific and she says yes, to both vague ideas.  It was so incredibly sweet.  Here is a guy who has these super powers, but is still struggling with girls.  It was just so freaking human and I loved it.

Another thing that Cowboy complained about that I liked the change, was the parents.  Their death is now involved in the plot and is not some freak accident that just happened.  This ties the story together for me more coherently.

There is a dinner scene with the girl and her family, and her dad is the chief of police.  The dad is venting about spider man, and of course boy is spider man, but they don’t know this, so boy is standing up for Spider Man based on a ‘you tube’ video.  What I liked about this scene was how it pulled into context how each side felt they where in the right.  It was like you could see boy reconsidering his position, and how if he was who he thought he was, he needed to act more like it and less like a vigilantly seeking personal retribution.

After that, there is a scene on a bridge with a monster, and you can see the tug of war Spider Man is faced with in either following the monster, or saving a kid.  He saves the kid.  This also sets up in the end a great scene with cranes lining up perfectly for him, when he is shot and falling behind but determined to end what he has caused.  I started crying during this last scene.

Whoever the writers are, took the material, and looked for ways to draw the lines closer together.  Not just have loose fragments that vaguely connect but really look at if he takes this action, how does it play out over here and weave a tight net of story telling.  They also really do an amazing job with the emotional gut wrench to the plot.  Spider Man is a boy figuring out how to be a super hero, but also how to grow up.  It is challenging, and heartbreaking and moving to watch him grow throughout the movie.

While I didn’t think I was going to like Andrew Garfield, he grew on me as the movie progressed. Re-imagining Peter Parker in this current geek state with his photography and skateboard and slouchy clothing and outcast, but slightly cool outcast kind of way, really worked for me.  I mean really if this where a YA novel, this is how you would write your love interest.  The right amount of cool to the right amount of outcast, to give him that quirky edge, that has all the girls drooling.

And lets not forget Emma Stone. I adore her as an actress as she has the greatest facial expressions.  That first kiss has her being outraged and attracted to him all at once, and girl does it on par.  She also does smart and savvy really well. She’s not just another blond bimbo on screen that can’t act.  She’s a blond who is cute and quirky and smart.  Or a brunette or a redhead pending the movie.  Fact is she does it well.

So yah, definitely different than the comic books according to Cowboy.  If you like the Comic books, Cowboy says don’t see this.  But if you are like me and fine Comic books amusing and you like YA novels, then this movie absolutely fits the bill.  Love story, save the world, personal growth, and gutting emotional scenes! WIN!

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