You know, it’s always a skeptical thing when you bring back things that were meant to stay dead in the first place. Some things don’t need to be resurrected or re-made for modern-day entertainment. The Godfather, Scarface, any classic movie that you can name from the 70s & 80s that hasn’t been touched. Well, there’s a reason for that.
When it comes to comics however, there are always updates & upgrades. Cartoon shows that started off in the 80s need to be lifted so that people in newer generations could relate and keep up with the new technology, I get that. When it came to this version of ‘Spider-Man,’ the same theory that I’m talking about is one that needed to be taken to heart. It’s been 10 years since the first Spider-Man, and 5 since the 3rd one (which most of us would like to forget), and let’s face it, no one expected it to come back after the way that it went out. At least I didn’t.
Then, when I saw the trailer for the new Spider-Man that was posed to come out this year (because I don’t stay on the movie underground sites often), I saw that Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) was going to star as our masked hero, I thought that there would be some promise to this. Emma Stone (God, I love her) was casted as Gwen Stacy, and the first thing I noticed was that there wasn’t going to be a Mary-Jane…alright. I do remember from the 3rd Spider-Man, that we were introduced to her character, so I thought that this was like a continuation from the last series, but soon realized that it was completely different. I thought that this was going to have a better output than what we were given in Spider-Man 3 and all of its atrocities.
Here’s why I didn’t like this movie – it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. My friend, Xavier, wrote his review of this movie. He’s the big comic book guy, plus Spider-Man is his favourite superhero, so check that out for more detailed info. Back to why I didn’t like this; the story felt off to me, because it was the first time that we, the audience, weren’t exposed to the likes of Mary-Jane & J. Jonah Jameson. We all know what happened to the Osbornes, so that’s out of the way. The feel of it was like it focused more on Peter Parker the teenager, more than the actual hero, Spider-Man. The feel of the movie definitely mixed more humour than the others, and it was also pretty emotional, because there is a personal battle that is going on in the movie. Peter Parker (in this movie) is a child that had two parents, they left, and he received no closure as to what happened. It focused more on the missing link between him and the endless amount of questions that asked about where his parents were. A series of clues led to something bigger, but of course, we didn’t get anything much more than what was given to us. I shouldn’t say us, because it this is my own experience.
It was just…different. The character that Spider-Man is supposed to be is a nerdy guy who tries his hardest to get the girl next door. This one still has the nerd in him, still gets bullied, but is ‘cooler’ and ‘more respected’ than when Tobey Maguire played him. The rebellious persona that we got from Peter, while still being a photographer & a science wiz was a new twist, and I didn’t mind it; but if this is going to be the new franchise (if you stay after the credits, that will let you know that it is), then I’m going to have to get used to this character. It’s much more emotional than entertaining. I love the idea to show the story of Peter Parker that we don’t know about, but the elements that were brought to the table, it was like – really? Poorly executed in that fashion.
There was action, and that’s a given. CG effects were cool, but nothing amazing. What I will give them is that this was reminiscent of the Spider-Man cartoon of the 80s and the older versions of the video game when he need ‘Web Cartridges’ in order to web-sling (that’s the most I spoil, I swear) so there was that. The villain, Dr. Conners/Lizard, I expected a bit more out of it, but as Xavier stated in his review, it was the first villain in the Spider-Man series that a villain was more focused on colossal takeover rather than a beef with Spider-Man himself (although, I remember Spider-Man 2 with Dr. Octopus when he had that ‘mock-sun’ that almost sucked the city into the water). Either way, it showed more than just a villain out for takeover, it showed a doctor that was trying to help himself but instead got his help that led to destruction – Yin & Yang. I love Emma Stone, but I saw no point for her being her other than they just needed a female interest in the movie, although she does have relevance. The story was bigger than her.
It’s nothing like the original series that we were accustomed to, and although I expected better, I got little in satisfaction. It’s good for what it is. A Summer movie, but nothing more than just that really. To go out and watch with some friends, you’ll get the action & laughs, but if you’re looking for something in-depth and a great overall story, it’s not here. At all. It’s sad, because I thought that it had some promise, but it didn’t live up to it, which seems to be the common theme lately; big movies hyped up for so long, but failing to deliver on the hype that was raised. It’s good in a theatre, but I would rent it. Thank God I didn’t pay for it with my own money. That’s just my opinion, this is my review
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