Notable Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen
If you follow Blood Brothers often enough, you might already know how we feel about "unnecessary" remakes... or reboots in this case. If not feel free to see my review of "Let Me In" for some insight. Going into "The Amazing Spider-Man," I had similar hesitations. Only a decade ago had we seen a film chronicle the origins of our favorite web slinging hero and Sam Raimi and company did it just fine. Yet here we are with another slightly different origin story and a whole new crew to bring us Nu Spidey. Oddly enough, I was pleasantly surprised with the results of this "unnecessary" reboot as it really takes different focuses to its story telling that make it it's own entity.
After his parents disappear under mysterious circumstances, the life of Peter Parker (Garfield) has been a tough one. He's an outcast at school and despite his smarts and strong sense of moral stance, he finds talking to the girl of his dreams Gwen Stacy (Stone) awkward and standing up to bully flash painful. This changes though when a clue to his father's past sends him to Oscorp to find Dr. Connors (Ifans), where he finds a new destiny when bitten by a radioactive spider...
|Remembering to pee before putting on the leotard...priceless.|
One of these levels is how director Marc Webb and the script really boil down and focus on solid character development and the interactions between Parker and his love interest Stacy. His only previous film was the quirky romantic comedy "(500) Days Of Summer", so he notably knows how to handle this arena of the story. He does it damn well. With strong casting of the only impressive Andrew Garfield and the charming Emma Stone in the leads, he really does take the "Spider-Man" franchise to some new and realistic levels. This matches the darker and more realistic tone of the film as it places all of its focus on Peter's growth and his interactions with his loved ones. It's a very human look at the franchise and even though it doesn't go to quite the dark atmosphere that others have, it works as a character piece.
|Who knew that the best part of a "Spider-Man" film would be the romantic plot?|
|Not a scene from the upcoming "Step Up: Revolution."|
Written By Matt Reifschneider