Spiderman film franchise gets a healthy reboot.
When first hearing that Marvel were deciding to reinvent the character of Spiderman on to the screen, I was slightly outraged as he is my favourite character in the Marvel universe, and I assumed that we were getting another Batman fiasco, were every 10 years the character is reinvented by another director. However with ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, a title taken from one of the many Spiderman comic books, the film attempts to stick to the original storyline more than in director, Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, rather than using Mary Jane Watson as the damsel, it is Gwen Stacey who has the female role, such as was in the original comic book storyline.
The story, once again, focuses on quiet nerd Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, who is accidentally bitten by a genetically enhanced spider and gains the powers of spidey-sense, durability, god-like strength and the ability to climb walls. However in this film once again we are taken back to the comic book to him actually creating web shooters rather than having webs himself. Parker becomes Spiderman and also gains his high school crush, Gwen Stacey, played by Emma Stone. However this is a superhero film, and where would a film like this be without a super villain, Rhys Ifans takes on the role of Doctor Curt Conners, a classic Spiderman character, who is assigned the task of regrowing creatures limbs by using reptilian DNA, but when threatened to be fired he tests it on himself and becomes ‘The Lizard’.
The fight sequences are great and quite amusing at times, as Parker’s teenage humour is added in, although they do seem to have more CGI added into them. Now I know that it is impossible to film a fight between Spiderman and The Lizard without using CGI, but I think that Sam Raimi’s films did it so much better because it looked more realistic.
Andrew Garfield does do a great job when taking on the role, as the audience are given a different version of Parker than when Tobey Maguire played him, in the original three films he seemed to be more nerdy and not confident at all such as in the original comic books and many others which followed, but in The Amazing Spiderman Garfield plays him like (and I’m sure only the people who have read this comic book will know what I’m talking about) Peter Parker from the ‘Ultimate Spiderman’ comic books, where he is more confident and had a wittier attitude.
The chemistry between Garfield and Stone is great because they play the characters so well, saying that there may be too many scenes through out the film which show them falling in love, it was sort of the the same in Spiderman 3 with all the scenes showing Parker becoming a different person, but they brought that film back with him taking on Venom, Sandman and Green Goblin 2. There are many children who love Spiderman and will be going to see this film and I think I speak for all of them when I say that we want to see Spiderman kicking some ass, not mushy love scenes.
Some of the camera angles and backgrounds in this film are great, especially in the last scene. What I found to be really well done though was the variation between the camera being a point of view shot to when the camera is following him whilst he is swinging, I was hoping they would follow him with the camera as that was one of my favourite aspects of the original films.
The Amazing Spiderman was directed by Marc Webb who is also famous for directing the 2009 film, 500 Days Of Summer and ‘Waiting’, which was a music video for Green day. It was written by James Vanderbilt who also wrote the screenplays for films; Zodiac and Welcome To The Jungle.
I could attempt to pick faults out of the film all day such as; why have they changed the suit so much, why does is his identity given away to basically everyone and where is J. Jonah. Jameson the editor of ‘The Daily Bugle’, one of the greatest characters in the Spiderman universe, but I only pick these faults because I loved the original films and thought that Tobey Maguire did an amazing job as Spiderman. At the end of the day the storyline was gripping and does hopefully hold out for a sequel, which I hope includes the villains Rhino or Carnage.
If you are a Spiderman fan, go see this film.