The Spider-Man franchise has always been a great money maker, so why the reboot? Probably because it's a story that needs to be told again and again and again.
If you're not familiar with the origins of Spider-Man, than this film might clue you in. Basically, the story revolves around high-school student Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) who has a lot of angst due to traumatizing events stemming from childhood. But a bite from a genetically-enhanced spider sees Parker transformed from a angsty teenager into a confident (and sometimes sarcastic) superhero. But as always, "with great power comes great responsibility". Warning: Possible spoilers ahead!
Director Marc Webb really does a good job in helping this reboot standout from the imposing shadow of the original trilogy, although it's not hard for those of you who actually caught Spider-Man 3. This time around, Peter gets a deeper back-story that explains how his parents' untimely deaths may have been related to his father's scientific work.
And the object of Peter's affection is no longer the red-headed Mary Jane Watson. Instead, audience members get to gawk at the brilliant and very blonde Gwen Stacey, played by the ever-adorable Emma Stone. The chemistry between Garfield and Stone is evident, probably because they're dating in real life as well. However, it's not easy balancing school, personal life and vigilante activities. Add that to the fact that the police
captain (Denis Leary) has sworn to bring Spider-Man down, and that he also happens to be Gwen's father.
As for Peter's guardians, Uncle Ben and Aunt May receive a significant upgrade thanks to the talents of veteran actors Martin Sheen and Sally Field. Field does a particularly good job in conveying the formerly fragile Aunt May, turning her instead into a widow with silent strength.
Then there's the super-villian who is introduced to audiences as Dr. Curt Conners (played by Rhys Ifans), a former colleague of Peter's father. The two had been working on cross-species genetics program before the latter was killed. It's not long before the need to prove himself transforms him into a giant, destructive lizard, albeit one with a very pleasant British accent.
So should fans be excited? Definitely, if you love the series and are looking for a fresh take on the story. Plus, the scenes of Spidey swinging through Manhattan are simply awesome, making this film one of the only ones worthy of seeing in 3D. There are enough feel good moments and action sequences to keep audiences entertained at the edge of their seats. We wouldn't be surprised if a sequel was already underway.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" will be out on July 5th, Thursday.