OKLAHOMA CITY, July 3, 2012—A lot of people are asking, “Why?” Why are we already getting a reboot of Spider-Man when Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man came out 10 years ago? Why isn’t there just a Spider-Man 4? Why are they making this at all?
The answer to the first question is that Sony Pictures had to make another Spider-Man movie soon or it would lose the rights to the character. They didn’t make a Spider-Man 4 because Spider-Man 3 was unwatchable. And lastly, they are making this for money.
But the good news is the new movie is really good.
So another origin story on Peter Parker, this time more true to the comic book The Amazing Spider-Man. This one shows a little more of Peter as a child being left by his parents with Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Why did they leave in such a hurry? Where have they been all this time?
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield; The Social Network) is far superior to Toby Maguire’s interpretation. Garfield plays the role a bit more misunderstood and teen-agery.
Maguire’s Parker was just a nerd.
Instead of Mary Jane as the love interest we have Gwen Stacy which means we get to gaze at Emma Stone (Easy A). Marc Webb, who directed the indie romance (500) Days of Summer, takes over the directing duties and ultimately makes the biggest difference in the look and feel for the reboot.
This Spider-Man is a little darker and moodier. The web crawler carries a backpack, he discovers his powers to Coldplay and he cries sometimes. It sounds goofy, but it works. Parker is a teen-ager, he’s in high school so he can be a little emo if he wants.
The villain is Dr. Curt Conners, played by Rhys Ifans (The Replacements), who used to work with Parkers father. Conners is missing an arm and is trying to come up with a way to infuse lizard DNA with his so he can regenerate his limb. This turns him into a full-blown lizard instead. He goes on a rampage in the city for motives that aren’t completely clear.
The action is great, and the story works. This was much better than the 2002 Spider-Man, and Garfield is perfect for Parker.
But it does have it’s faults. Some scenes are beyond cheesy, and most of them feature C. Thomas Howell. You have to remember it is a comic book movie. It’s about a guy in a costume swinging around the city trying to fight his dad’s former friend that is now a lizard. If some of it goes over the edge, you deal with it.
Very good and definitely look forward to the sequels.
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