The Amazing Spider-Man
People have always told me that once I graduated, my life would be waiting for me. I would finally have the chance to figure out who I am. I take that as a statement of courage. Each day gives me the opportunity to get closer to my dreams. But I don’t think my destiny started when I finished school; it has been with me since the day I was born. I am who I am because of how I grew up. I don’t mean what I saw on television or where I lived made me a film critic; I come from a family that loves movies and storytelling. Without the family that raised me, I would have never become a film critic.
Without who his parents were, Peter Parker would have never become Spider-Man. After a five-year break, we return to New York City to see our young hero again in The Amazing Spider-Man. My first thought was the same thing said around the world; already? I too thought it was too early to reboot the franchise. I can tell that Sony’s only intention in doing this was making money off of the Spidey name. Even calling it “the untold story” even after telling it back in 2002 proves that they have no respect for their audience. Having said that, this reboot is different.
Sort of like Batman Begins, this movie takes our comic book hero, and makes him more dark and gritty with the intention making a more realistic and modern lead. Andrew Garfield is a very likable Peter Parker. While he is still a nerd, he’s more of a modern outcast. When you look into his eyes, you can sense a hero even before the spider bites. This movie does tell the origin story again, but it does it much better this time. The webs of the story are bigger and have characters that stick in your mind.
Mark Webb (no pun intended), fresh off of the fantastic 500 Days of Summer, has crafted a Spider-man that has put me in the same excitement that I had when I first saw him as a boy. What makes up for déjà vu is great characters that their development. Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy as more then the superhero’s girlfriend; she’s smart, she’s snarky, and she even has her own heroic moments. Rhys Ifans is both chilling and intriguing as Dr. Curt Conners AKA The Lizard; he wants to use cross species DNA to help grow back body parts, but then becomes a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde like creature. Captain Stacy (Dennis Leary), Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen), Aunt May (Sally Field) all come together to show how it takes a village to raise a child, or in this case, a Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man may be darker, but it’s still as much fun as before. Without getting tangled in development, the rise of the Spider strings evenly and soars higher then the Empire State Building. So for any doubt I had before, I’m sorry. This is a Spider-Man I want to see more of.
I’ll give this four and a half spiders smeared on the wall out of five. What comes from the people we love is guidance. What guides us today will help us swing on tomorrow. The people we love never leave us. They’ll always be here to build who we are. If Spider-Man can learn from those people, then maybe I can too.