Originally Posted by Freeman
Pete sees a luchadore poster, needs a mask for his assaults, decides to use that one. Then gets a full body costume. For some reason.
Yeah, I got stuck on that part, too. A kid who has no intention of being a hero at that point (and no motivation to become one) decides to spend a ton of time and money on a super-stylized costume to go beat up blond dudes until he finds the one who killed Ben.
I didn't hate this film, but it's just so odd in its choices.
Ben gets shot and Peter Parker doesn't react to the gunshot less than 100 feet away from him, but turns around seconds later and happens to see Ben on the ground.
Peter tests out his new webshooters by jumping off a fucking skyscraper and lands in front of a deserted coffee shop in New York, with no witnesses? I've never been to New York, but I have a hard time believing that any coffee shop in that city would be deserted in the middle of the day, much less the entire street.
Peter is strong enough to hold an SUV up by a string, with one hand, but is physically powerless against the Lizard and just keeps shooting webs at him (even though those aren't working either).
It's pretty clear that Marc Webb was hired to fill the seat, and probably worked on the cheap. It's been said before, but it's the choices the actors made with their characters that ultimately save the film and give it heart. I really enjoy (500) Days of Summer, but it's because of how Joseph Gordon Levitt interprets the character that makes it work -- and in both cases, the lead actor seems to have a better and more interesting take on the material than the director does.
There were two shots in the film that really worked for me, and felt very Spider-Man. The first was the scene with Stan Lee. That shot had more kinetic energy and inspiration that any other shot in any of the fight scenes. And the shot of Peter sitting on his webbing, playing that Bust-A-Move knock off on his cellphone, while waiting for The Lizard. Everything else felt like it was simply going through the motions. Which basically sums up the film, entirely. I'm hoping for a sequel free of all the baggage this one had, because I genuinely liked Garfield as Parker.