It has been five years since the last Spider-Man movie. In Spider-Man 3, the wall crawling superhero is seen battling with a doppelganger. He is played by Tobey Maguire and the love of his life is played by Kirsten Dunst.
Now, in The Amazing Spider-Man, he is played by Andrew Garfield who looks like the geek next door. The lovely apple of his eyes is now played by Emma Stone. Their presence on screen is enough to resuscitate the franchise.
Marc Webb is tasked to direct the Spider-Man reboot. His debut movie (500) Days of Summer is well embraced by the movie goers. And just like what he did in his last movie, Webb keeps the whole package focused on his two leads.
Garfield and Stone look like they are too old for high school. Garfield is turning 29 this August while Stone will be 24 in November. Peter Parker is updated with a skateboard and hoodie. Just like the 2002 Spider-Man by Sam Raimi, The Amazing Spider-Man features the superhero’s origins.
The movie begins with the child Peter and his parents, Richard and Mary (Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz). After a break-in at their house, Peter is brought over to his Uncle Ben and Aunt Mary (Martin Sheen and Sally Field). Well, Peter visits his dad’s lab and he is bitten by a spider. He becomes faster, stronger and stickier.
Director Webb features physical stunts in The Amazing Spider-Man and didn’t rely much on just computer generated imagery. He takes a normal boy through his transformation, which took some time for him to figure out his identity.
The Amazing Spider-Man feels like another unnecessary version of the story. It doesn’t offer anything new to the table. It is unlike Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, which re-conceptualized the franchise into greater heights.