THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012)
Pop culture bags on the Marc Webber Spider-Man series as being the worst of the iterations, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 taking the lion’s share of the blame. If you belong to that school of thought, then your school sucks. The Amazing Spider-Man is the BEST-EVER live-action Spider-Man film ever made, period.
The Sam Raimi versions on the other hand are a separate kettle of fish. Those were the campiest, crappiest, corniest pieces of superhero schlock I had ever batted my eyelids at, sans Suicide Squad of course. Much like those left-wing placards that protested ‘Not My President’ when Trump got elected, Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst were absolutely NOT my Peter Parker and Mary Jane. Those two rang so false, I could hear wedding bells in my future back then. For the life of me, I still don’t have an inkling what everyone on the planet saw in those films. Just even the thought of revisiting them to see if my perspective would shift makes my skin crawl.
Granted, Andrew Garfield’s dark portrayal also doesn’t hark back to the sprightly, happy-go-lucky spirit of Peter Parker as much as Tom Holland’s did in ‘Homecoming,’ it still made for a more grounded, harrowing and mature depiction. Whereas with Homecoming, there were slim-to-no consequences to Spidey’s heroics and dangerous antics. He either got off with a warning or escaped by the skin of his teeth to a life that reverted right back to normal afterwards.
Here, Peter doesn’t just become captain save-all and take to the streets for the citizens of New York after Uncle Ben dies. Rather, he’s a jerk at first, scouring every dingy hole and alleyway for the niggling small-time criminal that murdered his uncle in cold blood. For me, that’s a more natural progression when you’re both grief-stricken and gifted with the powers to visit justice on the wrongdoer that forever threw your life out of whack.
It isn’t until he rescues a little boy from a flaming vehicle dangling off a bridge that he realises truly that “With great power comes great responsibility.” The kid’s father then asks him... [Read rest in comments]
"Blocked" picks up almost immediately after the end of E1, with Nora & Barry informing the rest of the team about the revelation at the end of E1. This episode mainly focuses on the relationship between the West-Allen family and the story between the other Team Flash members: Caitlin, Cisco, and Ralph. All the while there's a new villain planning on selling illegal guns throughout the city, and has the ability to compress air molecules around people. This was another strong episode, as most of the early episodes are. There were some moments that genuinely made me laugh, some that impressed me, and some that made me want to keep watching. They also made Cicada appear more threatening, and hopefully soon I'll be eating my words about him not being a believable threat. However, the meta of the week to practically everything else in this episode, and felt kinda pointless. Overall a very good episode that continues on great from E1, and makes me want to see what happens next. 7/10
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