In the realm of Comics Superheroes, reboots or re-adaptations should not resonate as a shock. It is not a secret that Superman and Incredible Hulk have been re-invented as kindred spirits in the cinematic sense. Moreover, Hollywood knows that we need to quench our thirst; that we have unbridled pangs of curiosity; and that we have endless cravings for more superhero movies. For these reasons, I do not see it as a nuisance for The Amazing Spider-Man to be in a reborn.
In 2002, when the original Spiderman was released, Director Sam Raimi (Darkman), captured and parlayed successfully the personification of Peter Parker. On the contrary, this time around, for the 2012 release, Director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), has aimed to revere the emotional ebbs and flows of a child who has lost his parents. It is not just a matter of how the 16-year old has acquired the arachnid powers.
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield of The Social Network), is in shock and bewildered about the disappearance of his parents one evening, and now ends up being under the custody of his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). The screenplay really magnifies Parker’s yearnings for his biological parents, despite the presence of very loving adoptive parents. His character is also immersed in the flirtatious pursuit of his teen-age crush, Gwen Stacy (Golden Globe Nominee Emma Stone (Easy A)).
Consumed by his incessant need to find out about what happened to his parents, Parker discovers the link between his father and Dr. Curt Connors, a geneticist, (Rhys Ifans of Five Year Engagement). As he pokes around Connors’ lab, he is accidentally bitten by a genetically engineered spider. Soon enough, he realizes that he now has this spider strength and powers to fight the malevolence in New York City. His devotion is unfettered, and the plot now thickens.
The Amazing Spider-Man is definitely worth the jaunt to your nearby theatres. Expect the unexpected for a truly pleasurable movie experience!
I give it a B+ rating.