In the early 2000’s, Columbia acquired the rights to “Spider-Man” from Marvel, and produced a trilogy of films directed by Sam Rami. Unfortunately, many people did not care for the third entry as it was too convoluted and stupid to understand. Now, Columbia plans on rebooting the with “The Amazing Spider-Man”. How is it when compared to the first trilogy? (And yes, there are going to be some sequels to this film, I assure you.) Well… good. This movie takes the mythology of Spider-Man and makes good use of it. Although, the villain could have been improved greatly. “The Amazing Spider-Man” provides comic book fans a good character study as well as different story that the Rami films could not accomplish.
The plot has Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield this time) getting bit a scientifically modified spider and develops physical spider-like abilities. Peter then gets involved with a girlfriend named Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) while trying to keep his identity a secret. For as it seems, Peter has become a masked vigilante in order to show criminals that this city is full of people, ready to believe in good. Nah, just kidding; he really becomes Spider-Man to avenge his uncle’s death. Meanwhile, a scientist named Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) plans to create a serum that can regenerate living tissue, but instead the serum transforms him into a giant lizard. Can Peter stop Dr. Connors and keep his secret from the world, and keep a steady relationship with Gwen?
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is a complete overhaul of the character of Spider-Man. The writing puts Peter Parker as a teenager, dealing with issues that he must face on his own. Gwen Stacy is a good three-dimensional character that provides a lot of support and strength in the movie. And the direction by Marc Webb provides the actors a chance to be who they are on the screen. The music by James Horner gives the audience a good and memorable soundtrack. The editing is nice as the movie goes along at nice pace. But what really makes the film work is the way the movie captures the spirit of Spider-Man to the fullest degree.
What this means is that the character of Spider-Man is a likeable character and that you really root for him. There is also the fact that the writers stay closely to the source material, which will please the fans. Instead of an organic web that was used in the Rami movies, we have a machine that can shoot webs and can refilled at any specific time. Plus, the 3D used in making the movie works, especially near the end of the film.
Now the only major nitpick that “The Amazing Spider-Man” is, well, the villain isn’t a believable character. Plus, his transition from good guy to bad guy is kind of awkward.
In conclusion, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is a good reworking of the first three films by Sam Rami. Yes, the villain needed to be improved a bit, but everything else is fine. Here’s hoping the sequels provide more to the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.