Yeah, you read that title right. I actually enjoyed the reboot of ‘Spider-Man’, and while that may seem like it is a Scarlett (Spider) Letter right now, I ask of the people who just hate this movie because it is a reboot of a not-so-old series this, “Did you actually see this movie?” Yeah, I hate reboots too, but if you are going to do it, this is a pretty solid way to do so.
Ok, so I really dont need to do too much of a synopsis because everyone knows Spider-lore, which is one thing I did find a bit irritating. I felt as if they felt the need to explain everything. Yes, if you are going to start fresh, show us Peter Parker getting the powers, but it takes an hour, and this is a 2 hour movie, of watching before we actually see Spider-Man in his costume. That is pushing it a little. Anyway, Pete’s parents die when he’s a kid, he has to live with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben (who I am fairly sure are his grandparents, right? I need to look into that. I am just saying, they are always way too old to be uncles and aunts), and lives the life of a geek in high school. I did like that he is actually a bit of a nerd this time around. He always has been in the comics, but I felt as if the Raimi versions missed that aspect, which was is kind of a big deal. He is known for his quips, and he actually has those this time around. Good job, writing team. Pete goes through his father’s stuff and finds out that he was a scientist who was working on gene-splicing with animals. Convenient, but such is the story of a comic-book movie. Pete sneaks into a tour of Oscorp (OHHHHH SHIIIIIIIIT), where the main colleague of his father works. Enter Dr. Conners and his main intern, Gwen Stacy (rather convenient, again…), and the scene where Pete gets bitten after just kind of walking into a secret room, but nobody seems to mind. Conners is continuing the work that he and Mr. Parker were working on, but he is missing some algorithm or something. Gwen and Pete flirt and pretty much become a couple, Pete takes his father’s notes to Conners, Uncle Ben gets killed, end of act one. Act two is basically Conners becoming THE LIZARD RAWR after experimenting with the SUPER SPECIAL SERUM and injecting himself with it. Also, this is not so much his fault, some dude working at Oscorp (OHHHHHH SHIIIIIIIT) made him do it. Not exactly the best safety regulations, Oscorp. I’m going to keep this brief, because you should watch this in theaters, it’s actually pretty good looking. Conners goes on a rampage, Parker becomes Spider-Man, fighting, cute scenes with Gwen and Peter, Gwen’s dad is the Police Chief and he hates Parker and Spidey, fighting, Spidey and Police Chief team up to defeat THE LIZARD RAWR, Chief dies and tells Pete to not go out with Gwen, he totally keeps on with the sweet loving of Gwen.
I liken this movie to ‘Batman Begins’, and while that is saying a lot (Everyone knows I love the Holy Hell out of Batman), it does make a lot of sense. Both are building up to what is going to be the better sequel. That isn’t to say that they are bad, but that the next one is better. This movie had a lot going against it. It’s a reboot of a fairly new title, it was expensive, the Broadway Spider-Man sucked the largest of balls, and most importantly, people love the old Spider-Man. We grew up on that series, and for a lot of us, they are near and dear to our hearts. That is why, I believe, there is a lot of hate out there for this movie, so all I ask is that you go see it. Personally, I think it is better than the first Spider-Man movie. Better than ‘Spider-Man 2’? No, but that was a really great movie, but I do think that it was better than the first one. Andrew Garfield is, in my opinion, a much better Peter Parker than Tobey was. He is witty, geeky, and charming. He reminds me of the comic book Spidey, and that is very important. Emma Stone was great as Gwen Stacy, but I do wish that they gave her a little more screen time. I feel like they gave the old Mary Jane a shit-ton of time in the last ones, and frankly, I dont like her a lot. Emma Stone was great, as usual, and I am one of the people that like that they went with Gwen Stacy and not Mary Jane. You know why? ‘Batman Begins’, thats why. Introduce the love interest and kill them off in the next movie. and Rhys Ifans even had the same basic plan that Scarecrow had. Not saying that he was bad in it, no Rhys Ifans played a great villain, but it did feel as if I was watching the Batman movie but painted over with red and blue. Dennis Leary as Chief Stacy was hilarious, though, and that is one thing ‘Batman Begins’ didnt have. He had me rolling basically every time he was talking. The special effects are good looking, but not amazing (see what I did there), and the first-person parts are either love-it-or-leave-it. I wasnt big on them, but I do think that little kids love it, and that is what’s important. And damn do kids love this movie, it was sold out when I saw it. The dialogue is well-written and the acting is actually very, very solid for a comic book movie. I felt as if some scenes dragged their asses, but it happens. Marc Webb, the director, did a good job, which i did expect, since he made ‘500 Days of Summer’, a movie that I enjoy a great deal (yeah, I know, it’s “hipsterish”, but fuck you, I like it). I do think that he used ‘Batman Begins’ as a plan, though. Its a good plan, and I do hope it works out for him and the new franchise, because it has failed before *cough cough Green Lantern*, but for this movie, I do believe it worked, and the box office numbers agree with me.
Oh, last thing. I wish they would have kept the organic web shooters. Just made more sense.
+The acting is very solid
+Feels like the comic books
+Separates itself from the old franchise
+Special Effects are good, if a little tacky at times
-A little long-winded at times
-The middle drags its ass
Alrighty, True Believers, I give ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ 8 Dead Gwen Stacy’s (spoilers for the next movie) out of 10