Case in point: I’ve yet to see Titanic. Seen the end, heard ‘My Heart Will Go On’ countless times, but never actually sat through it from start to finish. I’m probably the only person on the planet that hasn’t watched Titanic.
The same sort of goes for the The Amazing Spider-Man. When it came out in 2012, I had no interest in seeing it. For me, the old Tobey Maguire Spider-man series really killed all curiousity for this Marvel super hero.
My brother brought over a bunch of movies a week ago and we had a back-to-back late night home screening of The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I won’t go into the plot line because like Titanic, just about everyone on the planet knows the story. I will say that these movies had me hooked in the first five minutes.
Where the old series lacked story, believable character motivation and decent acting, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone revived and bought the story back to life. Garfield played the awkward Peter Parker brilliantly and Miss Stone made me buddy up with her character, Gwen Stacy, from the word go.
I’m told, by my well-informed brother, that the movies follow the comic books more closely than the old series and maybe that’s the key to their success. There’s more reason to care about the characters, with a lot of heart in every scene. You even end up sympathising with and understanding the evil dudes and their motives.
I had these movies stuck in my head after watching them. For me, that makes a great movie. If, amazingly, you’re the other person on the planet who hasn’t seem them yet, watch them.
To give you a taste, here’s the movie trailer: