While it was far from a perfect movie, The Amazing Spider-Man was a lot of fun. It's probably what the movie did best--fun--and that's what really sets it apart from Sam Raimi's trilogy of Spider-emo-misery.
In the rustle of a major motion picture, though, there's a ton of background noise and you might have missed or forgotten some of the film's funniest moments. We've got them here for you, though, so never fear!
The poor guy whose ID Peter stole at the front desk in order to gain access to the Oscorp internship program (and, by extension, Dr. Connors) for the first time got escorted from the premises in a very unfriendly fashion after it was discovered that he didn't have the required ID.
It was a short sequence, but the voice actor in the background really sold it, Peter's guilty face and sinking posture connected it to the audience and Gwen't obvious, conscious decision to let Peter get away with it at the expense of this poor sap made it a great comic moment.
While most fans will likely focus on Peter Parker and his mountain of food as he walks away from the refrigerator juggling it, it's Uncle Ben and Aunt May who really shine.
When Peter, delirious with hunger, bites into Aunt May's meat loaf and declares to her that there's no other meat loaf that good, she's worried he may be on drugs. Ben responds that he's worried, too--nobody likes her meat loaf! Before she can respond to that (although she eventually does), Peter pushes past Aunt May with an armload of food in his hands, planning on taking it upstairs and chowing down. May turns to Ben and points out that Peter has a box of frozen macaroni and cheese, to which Ben says, "I noticed that."
Not only is the old-people-bickering adorable, but Sheen's deadpan delivery on "I noticed that" is classic and hilarious.
Discovering his strengths
In Webb's version of the story, Peter Parker has some real growing pains in learning how to use his powers. It goes past the typical confusion and training montage, and features things like Peter accidentally dismantling his bathroom because he's not yet sure of how to deal with his "proportional strength of a spider."
It was a hugely fun little bit of moviemaking and the moment where Peter woke up and accidentally obliterated his alarm clock while trying to slap it into "snooze" got the biggest laugh of any single gag in the movie from where I was sitting.
As has been pointed out in reviews an interviews everywhere on the Internet, much of this movie rests on the shoulders of the relationship between Peter and Gwen--or more specifically, on the onscreen chemistry that Garfield and Stone have. It works well most of the time, and although they handle the "why would she ever be interested in him?" question particularly well. There are, however, a few scenes that really stick out.
On the balcony/patio outside of the Stacys' apartment, Gwen and Peter talk about the terrible first impression he's just made on her father (in the dinner scene we've all seen in the ads, natch).Unable to explain his behavior any other way, Peter decides that he has to come clean about being Spider-Man, but is struck dumb by one of those Michael Keaton Batman moments. In the clumsy and endearing series of false starts that comes next, he ekes out "I've been bitten--" and is cut off by an amorous Gwen before he can finish the thought. "So have I," she says, and he has to fight off her advances before once again being unable to finish the thought.
Instead of letting his personal Vicki Vale walk away, though, Peter grabs her with a bit of webbing, pulls her back and kisses his shocked sweetheart until they're interrupted by her mother.
The basketball scene0comments
Flash Thompson isn't a benign bully this time around, who teases and plays at violence and humiliation but stops short of ever really delivering it. No, he's a genuine jerk and from the first time we see him terrorizing some poor kid, the audience craves some comeuppance for the character.
We get it, of course, in the basketball scene that the studio had already released as a teaser weeks ago. It's a funny enough scene when it stands on his own, but funnier still when viewed in context.