Sunday, July 22, 2012

Spiderman vs The Amazing Spiderman

Warning, spoilers ahead!

I gotta say I’m a big fan of Tobey’s Spiderman. So like the rest, I’m very skeptical when I heard they want to make a reboot so soon, especially when the movie is still so fresh in my mind. Yet at the same time, I still have a strong urge to see it and to compare the differences, to see if it can outdo its predecessor.

1.Who Plays Peter Parker Better

I gotta say both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are good actors. I think Tobey plays the nerd/loser part of Peter better. I really felt pity for him. Andrew on the other hand portrays the tech whiz part better. I like the way this time around, spidey’s web sling is tech made which followed the comic instead of organic. Andrew also engaged in more tech talks on screen this time.

However my vote is for Tobey, because I feel more attached to his underdog character and I would felt more willing to support him. Uncle Ben’s death scene, which is a turning point for spidey, I think Tobey’s part did a better job as well.

2. Spiderman’s Training

I like the Andrew’s training in the warehouse where he jumps from hanging metal chain which gave him the idea of web slinging from building to building. At first I think Peter doesn’t match with skateboard as normally this is not what geeks would have. But then after thinking, I think this may be the director’s idea of having Peter has basic skateboarding skills which requires balancing and that is where spidey’s agility builds up from.

I also like Tobey’s first attempt to learn how to shoot his web, where he try different funny hand gesture and voice command. I like Tobey’s spidey because it shows the little sharp claws on his hand that enables him to climb wall.

Hmm.. I gotta call this round a tie!

3. Spiderman’s outfit

Of course, Andrew’s spidey outfit looks cooler and is more high tech. I like the mechanical sound when the web shoots. Andrew’s physically is more skinny and therefore it looks more similar with the comic.

So the vote here is for Andrew.

4. Fight Scene

Andrew’s spidey actually uses more web in the fight scene and I especially like the part where he build his web in the sewer to await his prey like a spider does. I think he also teases the villain more like the comic.

However I think Tobey’s action sequence is more awesome looking. I think this is because the director Sam Raimi has a better experience in this field. I think Tobey’s spidey engage in more melee combat.

Actually melee combat is also spidey’s expertise in comic. Although he does not have the strength of the hulk or wolverine, he makes it up for having super agility and reflexes and un-conventional inhuman fighting techniques.

Plus he has his spider sense too. I think Tobey’s spider sense is more obvious and clear. Andrew’s spider sense is too quick.

So the fight scene votes goes to Tobey!

5. Girls

Sorry Kristen Dunst, but I think Emma Stone looks hotter.

6. Love scene

Having pre knowledge that Andrew and Emma became real life lovers while filming this film makes them have more lover’s chemistry and they are given more screen time to develop this.

But then, Tobey’s Peter childhood crush love for Mary Jane is so sweat. He’s fallen for her since 6 years old! And of course, the 360 degree kiss in the rain is still epic and hard to beat.

The vote still goes for the 360 degree kiss.

7. Spidey Hero Transformation

Andrew did a good job as well but, I would vote for Tobey because I think his portrayal from zero to hero is better. First being a loser, then being given superpower, then learning the weight of responsibility and then becoming a hero. The movies uses the tagline to great extend “With Great Powers Comes Great Responsibility”

The hero’s journey is the most important part and that is essentially what makes a superhero movie good and memorable.

So the conclusion is…..i still prefer Tobey’s Spiderman :)