Aside from Batman, Spider-Man will always be one of my favourite superheroes.
Here, from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, to the much maligned third instalment…to The Amazing Spider-Man, I will rank the films in order of my personal favourites. What order would you rank the films? The question is, which film was the best of the bunch? Looks like you’ll have to give my post a read…
5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
With the emergence of Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), a rival photographer at The Daily Bugle newspaper where Parker works, Sandman and the rekindled rivalry with Parker’s childhood friend Harry (James Franco), is making Parker’s life a little less cheerful. Parker’s own identity and allegiances soon become very shaky.
There was far too much and yet so little going on in the space of two and a half hours, making Spider-Man 3 a strenuous watch. The back story of Sandman is at times sympathetic, but at other times needed more detail. In fact, Oscar nominee Mr. Church does well in the role of Flint Marko/Sandman, as does J.K. Simmons, returning as J. Jonah Jameson, Parker’s boss at The Bugle. Simmons once again chews up the scenery like a shark, but is only glimpsed on…briefly. Spider-Man 3‘s main downfall is the script (and its pacing), having too many villains as well as an overload of sub-plots to deal with.
Spider-Man 3 is ripe with iconography – the American flag, a recurring theme from the first two films, and even a very slight homage to King Kong. Indeed, forgiveness is a theme that runs throughout this rushed and unfulfilled exercise. However, it is unlikely that Spider-Man fans, comic book and film alike, will be able to forgive this manic mess.
4. Spider-Man (2002)
3. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Peter Parker struggles to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man. Especially alongside villain, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), who becomes insane following a failed experiment and the death of his wife. Using his mechanical tentacles, Octavius is dubbed “Doctor Octopus” and threatens to endanger the lives of the people of New York City.
Better than its predecessor. It’s rare when a sequel can surpass the original. But in this case, it blew the original away. Special effects had improved dramatically, and Spider-Man moves more realistically. Screenwriter Alvin Sargent writes better dialogue than the original and has better pacing, working well during the dramatic and romantic sequences. Sam Raimi’s direction is still great. With regards to New York, he really weaves in that old school comic book aesthetic, though is still not afraid to add his own darker shade on the franchise.
2. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), who was adopted by his aunt (Sally Field) and uncle (Martin Sheen) after his parents died in a suspicious plane crash years ago. Peter looks deeper into his father’s work and discovers an equation which is crucial. When Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains powers of similarity to a spider. New York’s latest superhero appears just in time to confront a giant lizard-like creature that has been emerging from the city’s sewers.
While this film is not a remake, it understands what makes the decent remakes we have witnessed here and there work: it changes the tone, the characters, and the minute details while staying faithful to the source material as well as updating any dated or already too-familiar plot elements.
The cast is great – Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have outstanding on-screen chemistry (I wonder why…). But Gwen (Emma Stone) is not just a love interest to be taken hostage later in the film, she’s an intelligent young woman that actually helps Peter when he is in trouble. With regards to the action sequences, especially the ‘web-slinging’, the film also delivers.
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is back and continues to do what he can to keep New York City safe. Otherwise known as Peter Parker, he is just about to graduate high school, as well as trying to maintain his relationship with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), also having to deal with the guilt from the death of Gwen’s father, since he blames himself entirely for the incident. And just when you think Peter has enough going on, he also has to deal with a new villain, a man by the name of Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who Spider-man once saved. Max’s only desire is to have friends and to get noticed. Though Max has a slight accident and from then on, all hell is let loose in New York City.
Visually, this film is absolutely stunning. Personally, I thought this film was even better than the first installment in this rebooted series. And while some say they still prefer Tobey Maguire, I don’t. Andrew Garfield does a wonderful job. Jamie Foxx does very well in portaying such a delusional character, yet evoking sympathy to a certain extent. I also liked the way the film-makers handled the whole appearance of Electro. The special effects throughout are remarkably done.
Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is fun, humourous and simply magnificent. I hate to say it, but I’ve almost forgotten about the Raimi versions. The Amazing Spider-Man is by far the best Spider-Man franchise to date. A must see for all Spider-Man fans like myself, and even if you’re new to the franchise, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy it, just make sure you watch the first instalment beforehand.
Expect Spectacular Spider-Man, a reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man, to be slinging into cinemas in 2017. You heard it here first.