Before I go gaga over Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.), mesmerized by Captain America (Chris Evans), and allured by Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), I’m so addicted to Spider-Man series top billed by Tobey Maguire. It was one of the films that I religiously watched in theaters (others were Harry Potter, Kill Bill, X Men Charlie’s Angels etc).
Spider-Man (and Harry Potter) made Maguire (and Daniel Radcliffe) so appealing to me and changed my perspective about geek men who wear eyeglasses. It’s not because they are ideal man for me (because not all men are handsome or have traits like what Peter Parker, Harry Potter or my ultimate crush Bae Yong Joon) but it just I find them interesting since most people have common impressions about them such as weak, bookworm, loner, and boring.
A friend asked me which one I prefer, Maguire’s Spidey (MS)-directed by Sam Raimi or The Amazing Spider-Man (TAS) starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Marc Webb? What I told him was I like Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man because he was a romantic superhero and his version was appealing to girls. However, this new version is also special for its more intellectual and targeting male market.
Let me clear and expound my statement:
- I change my sentiment that MS’ main target was mostly female audience. This is because my memory reminded me that I had male friends who were also into MS. Maybe apart from script, acting, effects, musical score, I was also hooked on Parker’s love life. Hello Mary Jane Watson (played by Kirsten Dunst)!
TAS has share of romantic scenes as well. In fact in real life, I like both Garfield (Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) and their relationship. The thing is in TAS they offered so many things apart from adventure and romance as it also tackles science, parenthood, responsibility etc.
- I think what’s appealing in TAS is how it explain things in most realistic way possible. Though of course, it is impossible to transform human into giant lizard (how about dinosaur or Ultraman –just kidding). It feels like when you understand what they are saying about science, you are cool.
- Garfield is handsome than Maguire for me (especially in The Social Network) but I don’t know why I still like the latter than him as Peter Parker. Is it because of the body? Is it because he’s voice is softer than him that sometime I don’t know exactly what’s he’s talking about? Is it because he’s Spidey looks weaker? Or Garfield’s attack is very serious.
- TAS is also more dramatic than MS. It has strength to warm your heart especially in Uncle Ben’s (played by Martin Sheen) parts. Garfield was very good in those scenes. You can feel his guilt and you understand why he becomes rebellious. And unlike to villains in MS, Dr. Curt Connor or the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) is kinder. But so far I still choose Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn a.k.a Green Goblin as the most effective among Spider-Man's villains in the big screen!
- But I think TAS is less cheesy, answer more questions about Peter Parker’s background and I like his girlfriend. Though MS is uncomplicated and easy to grasp for plain-Jane like me.
Last July 17 was my Daddy’s 78th birthday… if he’s alive (he died when I was 8 years old). I can relate to Peter, in that sense, that maybe we both desire to see our biological fathers but can’t. Good thing, he had Uncle Ben while I have brothers and uncles who serve as my guardians. But you know there’s always what if question. What if he’s still alive? Do I have different or better life right now? Am I stronger or complete?
Maybe that’s why …
· I commend men who are good fathers (yes, even gays can be good fathers too). I think it is hard to be a parent when you have choice to walk away with your responsibilities.
· I really like talking and I’m inclined to fall in love with older men (when I was in grade 3, I had male best friend/confidant who was in college that time. Then when I was in grade 5, I had 20 plus years old male buddy).
· I think I had identity crisis when I was in high school
· There’s certain wall or awkwardness in my part when I’m relating to men (it takes time for me to fully immerse)
- I can be man hater and boyish (not lesbian-excuse me!) at the same time
- I don’t believe in fairy tales and everything is as easy as we think.
However, your weakness or misfortune can be your motivation also to get better or to do heroic deeds. When you finally see the bright sides, you’ll be grateful and definitely will have an amazing individuality!