I was very, very against the making of this movie from the first moments I heard about it. I had several objections, but the largest one was that I really didn’t feel that Spider-man 3 had failed so terribly that we needed to revisit Peter Parker’s origin. I felt that was covered perfectly in the first movie.
Sure, Gwen Stacy wasn’t there, and Mary Jane was, there were organic rather than home-made webshooters… but they weren’t… aren’t… the main focus of Peter’s origin. The main focus is Uncle Ben, the acquisition of great power, and the consequences of a lack of great responsibility. That’s all handled brilliantly in Raimi’s masterpiece.
So to hear that we were going to visit that again so soon, while attempting to make it more “realistic” and “grounded”… my FGWG feathers rustle. I avoided this movie for a long time. Almost six months exactly, apparently. I guess that’s not really that long… but it felt like it. If 13 year old me knew that 33 year old me was avoiding a movie about Spider-man, 13 year old me would have a cow, man.
I didn’t wait a specific planned amount of time, or anything. Teletoon was running a Spider-man cartoon marathon yesterday, which got me thinking about this movie. That combined with the (on average) good things I’ve heard and a post about fanboyish prejudice of entertainment at williamjepma’s blog, got me thinking about how I should give it a chance. I love movies. I love Spider-man. I should love even a mediocre Spider-man movie. So, I kept my expectations low, and gave it a shot.
I didn’t hate it.