(US - 2012)
Directed by Marc Webb. Written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, and Steve Kloves. Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Irrfan Khan, C. Thomas Howell. (PG-13, 137 mins)
Rebooting the SPIDER-MAN franchise just ten years after it began and five years after the last installment, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN exists only so Sony could hold on to the rights and not lose them to Marvel's deal with Disney. To its credit, the film has some good elements and is not overtly cynical in its execution, but really, it only exists as a contractual clause obligation. Director Marc Webb (500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and music videos by No Doubt, Green Day, and 3 Doors Down) and screenwriters James Vanderbilt (ZODIAC), Alvin Sargent (SPIDER-MAN 2, SPIDER-MAN 3), and Steve Kloves (several HARRY POTTER screenplays) hit all the expected building blocks of Spidey's origins, often glossing over them in a way that suggests even they know how familiar we are with the whole thing, because really, we just saw it, and it's still on TV all the time. To put it another way, as I've gotten older, I've seen a number of films from my childhood remade, but a kid who saw Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN in theaters when he was five still isn't old enough to drive to the theater to see the reboot. And we also need to retire the term "reboot," since it's no longer relevant. BATMAN BEGINS was a reboot. CASINO ROYALE was a reboot. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a $215 million legal document.
|Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man|
|Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy|
|Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors, soon to become The Lizard|
|Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Uncle Ben and Aunt May|