I have to start this review by saying that I did not love The Amazing Spider-Man. It was entertaining but it wasn’t a good movie. I’m going to assume that you have seen the movie and while there are not any major plot spoilers below, I do discuss specifics so be warned. Also, if you don’t already know Spider-Man’s origin, please tell me where you have been for the last decade.
As I have said before, I’m all for suspending my disbelief and getting into the spirit of any movie that I’m watching. Unfortunately, The Amazing Spider-Man was filled with so many ridiculous elements that they became impossible for me to ignore and pulled the whole plot down.
For starters, OsCorp Tower. I’ve lived in NYC and can tell you for a fact that even a building with absolutely no security or at most, a doorman asleep on his chair, would be more difficult to enter than OsCorp. But I was willing to overlook that Peter Parker was able to slip into the building without showing any form of ID and join the intern’s tour. What I had a harder time accepting was that apparently, every one of OsCorp’s highly classified experiments take place in the same room, which also acts as storage for old machines (the fog machine), Dr. Connor’s office and the starting place for the intern tour. Also, didn’t you get the impression that Dr. Connor is too busy a person to stop and shoot the science-shit with a bunch of interns?
Ok, let’s overlook these admittedly nit-picky items and go on. After basically getting busted for sneaking into OsCorp, Peter is left free to roam around on his own and explore the building where he is able to easily unlock a door that looked like it required fingerprints to open. He finds the spider room and once again, the highly advanced OsCorp has no security to prevent Peter from entering the room filled with advanced technology and ultimately get bit by a spider. If it was that easy to enter that room and the spiders were free to move as they wanted, wouldn’t someone else have been bitten way before Peter?
One final gripe about Oscorp Tower, how many building in Midtown Manhattan have tanks of liquid nitrogen stored on their roof’s? The OsCorp building wasn’t the only structure that bothered me so lets head over a few blocks to Gwen Stacy’s beautiful apartment. As any New Yorker will tell you, no cop, not even a Captain, could afford that place. I can overlook the apartment by assuming that Gwen’s mom is the bread-earner in the family but what I can’t overlook is the fire escape on the 20-something floor of Gwen’s building.
Those were my biggest issues with the movie and while they are all minor, add them up and throw in the question of how/when did Dr. Connor set up that sewer lab and these minor issues become to much for me.
I know I sound like the Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons with these complaints. However, look at a movie like The Avengers or Christopher Nolan’s Batman series and you see how much better a movie is when it has a solid plot with plausible elements, no matter how fantastic they might be.
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