July 4, 2012
This year marks a big year for comic book movies with releases such as The Avengers, Batman The Dark Knight Rises and Sony’s reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man. It has been ten years since Tobey Maguire played the nerdy high school student that we grew up to know and love in comic books. Since then Sony has cancelled Spider-Man 4 and reinvented the story, cast, director and direction. Almost everyone of my friends were anticipating this movie but also dreading it at the same time.
Originally after watching the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man I was a little worried. Peter Parker’s parents had never worked at OsCorp and this change manifests in a parallel direction within the movie which emphasis the change. This had me already screaming out ‘WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!!’ However, Spider-Man’s love interest is not Mary Jane Watson from the former Spider-Man trilogy, but Gwen Stacy, resolving some time line issues for all those zealous comic book fans. Fast forward half a year later and I am sitting in a movie theater minutes away from the first public screening of The Amazing Spider-Man. As the film began rolling I blocked out all of the changes and wrongs I had witnessed in the previews so I could enjoy the movie.
Simply stated, I did. If I were to continue to compare this movie to the comic books then you better believe I would be ripping the movie apart but I am not going to do that. I asked myself why someone would change the story. As a fellow artist I can see why certain changes were made by the director Marc Webb and the writer James Vanderbilt. Between the acting and visuals I was highly impressed. The movie captured its audiences around the world with emotions the previous Spider-Man movies did not provide. Uncle Ben’s death was much more emotional than the other Spider-Man film released ten years ago. Andrew Garfield surprised me with his acting and skill of portraying both characteristics of an out of touch emotionally damaged high school student and a confident and lively superhero. Garfield is a stuttering, clumsy, funny and emotional nerd which is all the things I imagined Peter Parker would be since the days I was a kid reading comics. His romance between Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone is also very captivating. Their attraction is sincere and honest which is quite different from the love quarrels between Spider-Man’s second love interest Mary Jane portrayed in the previous films. I was especially excited that while reinventing Spider-Man they decided to incorporate the original comic book adaptation of Spider-Man using artificial web-shooters. Although it’s a small step it’s also a big change towards something great.
The Amazing Spider-Man is not perfect by a comic book stand point but as far as a completely different story goes it does a good job in captivating its audience. Not everyone is going to feel the same way but the majority might actually agree that Andrew Garfield does make you fall in love with Spidey in a whole new way. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is not only a great actress popular among the masses but very attractive as well. Rhys Ifans did a fantastic job as Doctor Conors and we can’t forget Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May. The cast alone made the movie what it is with their fantastic acting skills. With all of that said, I do recommend The Amazing Spider-Man as a film everyone should see this summer. You will enjoy every web-slinging moment of it!
RATING: 3.5 out of 4
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