I just saw The Amazing Spiderman. I know, I know, I’m late to the game but it’s summertime – gimme a break! So I just saw The Amazing Spiderman and I thought it was great. Not just because I’m big into superhero movies and not just because I’m big into Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. It’s because what I’m really into is romantic comedies. What, you didn’t know that the newest installment was a romantic comedy? While Spidey may have been swinging from bridges and beating up bad guys half the time, the other half was pure romance. And while I agree that most superhero movies have a romantic interest (there needs to be a heroine for the hero to save, after all) The Amazing Spiderman took it to a whole new level. For one thing, having Emma Stone on screen means that there’s bound to be humor. For another, there was a specific moment in the film that is straight out of Romantic Comedy 101. Hear me out:
It’s my favorite part of all such films. After the protagonist makes initial contact with his/her romantic interest, they spend enough time together to establish some level of comfort. This comfort is solidified when one of the lovers brings the other to some off-the-beaten-path locale where they come to think/brood/reflect, and a special moment is had. More often than not, this spot is overlooking a city, and more often than that, the character does not share this special place with anyone else. After all, it’s special. The story moves along and the characters continue to fall in love, but like any good romantic comedy, someone makes a mistake and there is a break in the relationship. And when it comes time to rectify the situation? More often than not the characters will find each other at that special spot.
Not only that, but you’ll probable hear one or all of these phrases:
“Come here, I want to show you something.”
“I’ve never shared this spot with anyone before.”
“I thought I’d find you here.”
This is brilliantly played out in Spiderman when Peter Parker, as the webbed one, finds his special spot atop of the Empire State Building. His spidey senses and his spidey webs carry him to the top of the top for him to watch over the city that he was born to protect. When he finally gets the courage to share his secret identity with his love, the only natural place to take her is to his special place, where they bond over their secrets and fall in love.
Another perfect example of this romantic comedy fixture is 500 Days of Summer. Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Tom takes his new girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel) to a park he loves, overlooking a city and a life that tortures him. He’s unhappy in his job as a greeting card writer and he’s in a relationship with the girl of his dreams, a girl who does not want to be in a relationship with him at all. The park is revisited several times in the film – first for Tom to share the special spot with his love, second for him to brood over losing her and third for him to find the closure he needs to move on.
So there you have it — are you now convinced of The Amazing Spiderman’s romantic comedy tendencies? Tell us in the comments below.
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