These days there are a lot of reboots coming out of Hollywood and that word “Reboot” might be the first thing that comes to your mind when you see this movie. But I assure you it isn’t, in fact there is a vast difference between this version of Spider-Man and Sam Raimi’s trilogy.
If anything, this is a different take if not more original focus on the Spider-Man franchise. It’s actually quite tragic and most people don’t know that the life of Peter Parker in the comics is very tragic.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.
As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
Spider-Man leaps back onto the big screen with a new cast, crew, costume and a whole new array of daddy issues. I have to admit that I was initially very skeptical about this movie, especially since I love the Sam Raimi version so much (ok except part 3). But after seeing more trailers released and some clips from the movie in the build up to it’s release, I was convinced that this film was worth watching.
Andrew Garfield seems to be modern type of Spider-Man and it is good that they’ve gone back to the roots of how Peter Parker struggled with his powers while still being in school, he is a teenager and that has always been the true essence on Peter Parker’s story. So what we have is a story not so much about the hero but about the man behind the mask.
Emma Stone is absolutely charming and I was always gonna be impressed with her performance on screen as Peter’s first true love Gwen Stacy. Not many people know how much Gwen means to Peter in the comics and this origin story is good to shed light on the history of the character.
They do try to take a darker tone to the franchise, which I guess is because of the success of darker superhero films like Batman. It didn’t quite work for me but at the same time it wasn’t too much of a bother. As much as this is an origin story, it’s also a retelling of the tale from a slightly different point of view. A dig at trying to be more realistic? Yeah maybe but I have to look at it from a totally non-comic book point of view because I know Spider-Man like the back of my hand so changing the story messes with you.
Ok here goes, bearing all elements in mind, this is a great film. You should definitely catch it whether you’re a fan of the comic or not.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I like how it shows Peter having to hide his battle scars from his Aunt because we often forget that Spider-Man is just a teenager, he doesn’t have his own home to hide in so he’s gotta really pretend not just at school but in front of his Aunt as well.
By Elliott Danker
The Amazing Spider-Man opens in cinemas 29 Jun
Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore