Let me just start out by expressing my love for the Sam Raimi Spiderman movies. Excluding the third, his Spiderman movies are some of my favorite superhero movies ever made. As a result, I really didn’t feel that this franchise needed to be rebooted and I was concerned it would be a straight remake, which thankfully this isn’t. While I wouldn’t describe this new Spiderman movie as “amazing” for a few reasons, it is a much better film then I expected but still isn’t different or ambitious enough to justify restarting this franchise so soon.
After being bitten by a spider that gave him arachnid like abilities, brilliant loner Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) searches for answers about his father’s life work while protecting the city as the masked hero Spiderman. Due to my loyalty to the Raimi Spiderman films, I had a lot of trouble envisioning anyone other then Tobey Maguire playing Spiderman, but in retrospect I will admit Maguire was an odd choice for the role and Garfield’s Peter Parker seems to be the superior version of the character. Actually, I felt that much of the casting in this movie was better then in the Raimi films. Emma Stone does very well as the love interest Gwen Stacy, and Martin Sheen’s Uncle Ben is one of the best parts of the film, as this new Uncle Ben is a much funnier and lovable character than the one in the first movie.
As far as the actual content of this film, my overall impression was everything in it was fine. The action sequences in this movie were satisfying, but not particularly robust or memorable. The villain in this film served his purpose, but was not very interesting or deep, especially when you compare him to past villains like Norman Osborn or Dr. Otto Octavius. Even the climax of this film did not have much of an effect on me despite the fact that the stakes were so high going into it. Quite possibly, this is because, in a lot of ways, I have seen this movie before, and despite a different villain and a few changes in characters, it is impossible to shake the feeling that this is very similar to the Raimi films, but ultimately not as successful as those films were.
Had the Raimi films never existed, it would be much easier to like this movie. Since this movie is really not a different or edgy take on the Spiderman story, it is hard to escape the fact that you know his origin story going in, so nothing really has the impact it did in Spiderman. This movie had the potential to change the tone of Spiderman movies for the better, but in the end it just settled for changing the actors.
Rating: 3 out of 5