I was originally going to begin this new blog site devoted to movie reviews with a review of The Avengers but I was still trying to work out the bugs. Don’t worry, The Avengers review is still coming, but for now I’m going to launch this site with a review of the reboot film, The Amazing Spider-Man.
I primarily reviewed this film as part of my obligations as a die-hard Spidey fan and I had a lot of expectations for this film. And I was not disappointed. This reboot film is, for the lack of a better word, amazing.
A lot of fans were skeptical about doing a reboot of Spider-Man at least five years after the much-maligned Spider-Man 3. But as far as I’m concerned, Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire should be taking notes. As far as this movie is concerned, this is Spider-Man as he was in the comics.
For one thing, Andrew Garfield (best known for playing Eduardo Saverin in the Facebook movie, “The Social Network”) looks exactly like Peter Parker in the comics. And in costume, he has all of Spidey’s mannerisms (talking smack while kicking some bad guy butt) and I also like the fact that they brought Peter back to his science nerd background (something that was not explored fully in the Raimi films) and showing off his ability to invent stuff (he builds his own web-shooters as opposed to organic web-shooters.)
In fact a lot of the lot of the actors in this movie were pretty good. I thought Martin Sheen was a better Uncle Ben than the 2002 version and Emma Stone (she had me at Zombieland) is great as Peter’s love interest Gwen Stacy avoiding some of the problems I had with Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane in the other films. (For one thing, Raimi turned the character of Mary Jane, who in the original comics was a party girl, into girl-next-door Gwen Stacy.)
If there was a problem with this movie, it was basically the fact that the main villain of this film, the one-armed Dr. Curt Connors aka The Lizard (played by Rhys Ifans) was a bit underdeveloped but still effective, but in all fairness, the Lizard is a pretty hard character to pull off on screen.
As far as the story goes, I think that the director, Marc Webb (ironic that a man with the last name of Webb would be directing a Spider-Man movie) was actually going the Christopher Nolan route when he rebooted the Batman franchise, making it darker and doing a big story arc with three movies. The story arc here deals with Peter finding out a secret about his parents (who in this film as well as in the Ultimates Universe were scientists as opposed to secret agents as they were in the original comics.) Other than a few liberties here and there, this film is probably the most faithful to the comics than the Raimi films.
My final verdict is that if you liked The Avengers and the Nolan Batman films, you should definitely see this movie, preferably before you see The Dark Knight Rises.
PS: A little spoiler for you. Peter does not tap dance in this movie.