RELEASE DATE: 04/07/2012
RUN TIME: 2HR 16MIN
While the stories are similar, that can’t be helped when the character’s history has been jotted down in ink for decades - it’s this new approach that really distinguishes the Webb from the Raimi. While the Raimi/Maguire series was a box office phenomenon, its films chose to focus on Spider-Man who just happened to be the unlikely Peter Parker, struggling to balance the two lives with an extra dose of some serious sense of responsibility. Webb’s Spider-Man takes a deep and refreshing look at Peter Parker, the boy behind the mask. Peter’s following the course of atonement in this reboot, while also battling personal demons as he continues to suffer from the effects of the unresolved disappearance of his parents when he was just a child.
This Spider-Man film may be noticeably missing the "wow" factor of the past - it’s certainly a nice change of pace, especially for an audience faced with an abundance of "wow" factor in recent years, and have forgotten the power of the good story and great characters. Also missing is the more palatable humour of the past efforts but it has something more - humility, heart and sincerity.
This Spider-Man film may be noticeably missing the "wow" factor of the past, but it has something more - humility, heart and sincerity.
The entire cast is stellar with Garfield and Stone’s undeniable and luscious chemistry keeping the audience transfixed as they navigate their relationship in not the old fashioned way. Rhys Ifans is a terrific baddie whose motivations are more legitimate than simply “because I can”. Danis Leary as Captain Stacy, Sally Field (remember her?) as Aunt May and the always terrific Martin Sheen as the ill-fated Uncle Ben round out the impressive cast.
It may not boast the intoxicating excitement of its predecessor, but it’s got something else and it’s well worth a look.