Green Thumb’s Column: The Good, The Bad, and The Lizard-y (SPOILER WARNING)

The Amazing Spider-Man was an excellent movie, but could not even begin to compare with The Avengers in terms of plot, characters, and villains. I’ve broken down everything you need to know.

The Good: 1) Spidey-humor! Nary an issue appears in Marvel Comics where Spider-Man doesn’t make a joke, even when he guest stars. You can almost count on a joke, quip, or pun from our web-headed hero, even as he faces off against the likes of Morbius the Living Vampire, the Sinister Six, or even Venom.

2) Characters! Sure, the plot seemed a little stale, because this is the second Spider-Man origin movie, but, for the most part, everyone seemed well-rounded.

3) Technology! Was it just me, or did you also see something in Oscorp labs that looked suspiciously like Dr. Octopus’s tentacles? Do I smell a sequel/three-quel villain? Also

3b) Classic Flash-Back! Spider-Man 1, 2, and 3 all had the organic web-shooters, but this has  incredibly cool and tech-savvy homemade web-shooters. Cool!

The Bad: 1) Swiss Cheese Plot. Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh, but there’s some gaps in the storyline.

*Gwen Stacy being an intern, but in charge of a lot of technology

*Peter Parker’s parents (I know that Marc Webb said that the origin would be stretched out over the course of the movies, but REALLY???

*Dr. Rajit Ratha’s name was never given AND is it ambiguous as to his fate in the movie.

2) Fear Factor Squared! I expected this movie to creep me out, seeing as a giant lizard is the villain, but this is MAJORLY weird. A lizard-mouse eating another mouse! Massive amounts of blood on Peter after his second battle with the Lizard! Blood on Uncle Ben! And, of course, “jump scenes.”

Miscellaneous: I can’t wait for the sequel. ‘Nuff said.


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