I’ll be perfectly honest, attending THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN didn’t rank very high on my excitement meter…
After all, this was not a sequel or prequel, but rather a completely recast reboot of director Sam Raimi‘s original.
And only 10 years after Tobey Maguire first flew.
But guess what? I was pleasantly surprised as this fresh approach to cross breeding genetics put more emphasis on Peter Parker’s back story as the webbed one. The complexities of his persona and humanity of his character.
The chemistry between new girlfriend Emma Stone and the spider guy really works as they struggle with love, commitment—and their secret! Andrew (‘The Social Network’) Garfield takes the franchise in a more dramatic, yet touching direction as he attempts to understand his parents’ disappearance and the lab of Dr. Curt Conners who was his father’s partner.
There’s some interesting casting in the supporting roles as well.
Including Martin Sheen as uncle Ben, Sally Field—as aunt May and Denis Leary playing the police chief who also just happens to be Emma Stone’s super protective father.
The C.G.I. effects in this reboot are top notch and the 3-D definitely worth the upcharge.
Here the 3-D enhances instead of overshadowing the production.
The bottom line: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN feels less like watching a comic book. It puts Peter Parker’s spider phenomenon on sort of a collision course with the lizard who’s Oscorp’s Dr. Conner’s—alter ego.
Let’s keep it there and give this re-webbing a thumbs up. Or actually, 3-1/2 web slinging fingers.
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings at 6:40 a.m. on KMBZ Fm & Am / Also anytime on Time-Warner Cable’s K.C. ON DEMAND, Channel 411 / And throughout Nebraska on NEBRASKA ON DEMAND, Channel 411.