A radioactive spider bites Peter Parker, a dorky kid that crumbles around girls, and he gains new abilities such as climbing walls, superhuman strength etc. This comes with a newfound confidence and he pursues Gwen Stacy with hopeless romantic intent. All the while he fights a huge lizard-like villain aptly named The Lizard. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone star as the leads with Rhys Ifans taking up the bad guy position. That didn’t even need a spoiler-alert tag. The first Spiderman premiered ten years ago in 2002 so unless you’re under the age of ten (okay, I’ll be lenient – twelve) then you’ll already know Spidey’s back-story, making the first hour of this film completely redundant. That’s not my biggest issue either but considering how recent the two films are, it’s certainly a huge concern.
Fellow GWP.net writer Cam Williams, the Popcorn Junkie himself commented on twitter that “Interesting with Spidey reboot that so many are saying it goes over the same plot points, that’s the origin, of course it will be the same.” Without repeating the entire conversation we had, I’ve copied this here because no doubt this will be a huge issue the diehard fans will have with all the complaints.
I’m not here to insist they change it – such a demand would be ludicrous. My issue with it is they barely even bothered; they may as well have cut and pasted the appropriate scenes from the Sam Raimi effort. We’re living in a period of culture that thinks the Batman reboot is the absolute example of a comic book film done right, and rightly so. Christopher Nolan was willing to dig deeper into the Batman universe and create something so unique and special, Tim Burton’s Batman was almost forgotten overnight. This is the standard we’ve come to expect and rarely has it been met (The Avengers being a rare recent exception). And a lot of us are being constantly disappointed.
Teenagers, for the most part, don’t care about any of this. There’s enough action scenes of Spiderman flying around the city and saving kids from burning cars and rescuing fair maidens to keep their easily-pleased minds happy. (This is very generalised of course.) But the rest of us that aren’t suffering from extreme concussions and can quite clearly remember the 2002 film, what are we supposed to do with this? Parker even goes skating for a couple of minutes for no reason at all. There’s no hint of an exciting story that isn’t oft repeated already. Spidey swings around the sky again, except it’s in 3D this time, so really who cares? Again, what are we supposed to do with this?
There’s a new villain in The Lizard that doesn’t do too much beyond the bog standard (no scene ever impresses) and there’s a fight scene at the end that is heavy on the Terminator 2 jibe. Comic book movies are no longer (solely) made for comic book fans, and they haven’t for quite a long time. I don’t expect The Dark Knight every time I buy a ticket to watch one but I expect the filmmakers to at the very least try their damndest to deliver us a great product.
Emma Stone was very appealing, though she’s not playing Ripley so a number of actors could have easily played that role. Andrew Garfield was just annoying and the support cast even poorer. When Uncle Ben died it was a sad moment (probably because it was Martin Sheen though), though soon enough we’ll be completely desensitized to it and laughing our heads off when the robber pulls the trigger.
A Spiderman film will never be original, no matter how many sequels the studios want to deliver us. But don’t give us a carbon copy of something else.
[rating=1] and a half
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Directed by: Marc Webb
Written by: James Vanderbilt, Steve Kloves, Alvin Sargent
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dennis Leary, Rhys Ifans, Dennis Leary, Sally Field
The Amazing Spider-Man is released in Australia on the 4th of July 2012, and in the U.S.A and U.K on the 3rd of July 2012.
Nicholas Brodie is a writer with big hopes and tiny dreams. Possessing an MA in Film he is on hand to provide opinion pieces and reviews on what's new and, hopefully, still relevant.