Lowdown: Spider-Man receives another reboot.
I’ll make this a quick one. The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man story. It tells us how Peter Parker’s parents left him, how Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) came to be out of said Parker, and how his uncle (Martin Sheen, aka The Illusive Man) died to leave him alone with his aunt (Sally Fields). It introduces Parker’s school love interest (Emma Stone), and it tells us how Spider-Man’s nemesis for the duration of the film (Rhys Ifans) turned from a lovely idealistic scientist into an evil lizard monster.
It’s all nice and everything, but there is nothing this new incarnation can offer above Sam Raimi’s trilogy. I considered Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 to best superhero film I ever had the pleasure of watching; the rest weren’t bad either. This new Amazing incarnation, however, proves anything but. Certain things do not make sense: Is Parker a high schooler? Is he in uni? Not to mention the regularly spaced construction sites featuring cranes that Spider-Man’s New York pops up rather too conveniently for a spider in need of assistance. Characters are less appealing, particularly a Sheen who was obviously forbidden from saying that with great powers come great responsibilities. Excitement is too far apart, and even the music is boring (a James Horner misfire).
Simply put, there is no reason for this film to exist in the first place. There is nothing this new version does that hasn't been done better by Raimi.
What’s to come after The Amazing Spider-Man? A reboot of Total Recall that tells the exact same story as the brilliant original but does everything else worse?
2.5 out of 5 stars.