After I saw the under-rated Spider-Man 3 in theaters, I thought I’d
probably be well into my 30′s before I saw another film with Spidey. So,
it was much to my shock, and I’ll admit, horror, that I found out they
were already planning a reboot of the series. I didn’t have too much
confidence in the whole project at first, but once things started to
come together, I came around to it.
The film obviously reboots the whole series, but it doesn’t follow
the same story exactly. There’s no wrestling match, there’s no real
chance to stop the bad-guy, there’s no “with great power comes great
responsibility”. We get Peter back in highschool, we have him being
brilliant as well as bullied, and of course we have the spider bite.
Now, with some super hero films, you’re just waiting for the costume to
come around, and for our hero to start kicking ass. However, with TASM,
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone are damn entertaining & charismatic
to the point where you’re interested in watching them interact, and
seeing where their story goes. I also like how they make it seem that
Peter becoming Spider-Man was practically his birthright, his fate. How
Dr. Conners becomes The Lizard is well done too, because the two
actually share a bit of the same origins, where as in most comic book
films, the bad-guy just happens to come along by chance. Where’s here,
the hero & the villain are born of the same vein.
My favorite moment of the whole film is when Peter has realized
what’s going on, heads to a warehouse to sort out things, and find out
just what he’s capable of. There’s a fantastic song by Coldplay being
played called Kingdom Come, that’s a gorgeous song that frames a
beautiful scene. Peter’s realizing just what these powers can do and
what they mean, and for me, that’s what Spider-Man was all about as a
kid. It’s about growing up, and learning about yourself, and what you’re
capable of. Your talents & abilities, and just what you should do
with them. What they can do for you, and for others. This scene captures
that feeling perfectly.
They really nailed Spider-Man’s character in this film. Having him
build the webshooters was great, and something I really felt was missing
from the original series. His humor, and want to show off and toy with
the bad-guys was something that he loved to do at the beginning of the
original series, and something I’m glad they made sure to put in.
Because hell, what teenager wouldn’t act like that? Having him destroy
things when he first gains his power was a brilliant idea, and something
we’d never seen in any of the other films. A very original idea that
helped to flesh this series into it’s own, as opposed to just another
attempt at box-office records.
A lot of people want to complain about The Lizard, but I had no
problem with it. Dr. Conners was great, portraying someone who had an
anger and resentment below the surface by the fact that others had
something he didn’t, and that he kept coming so close to success, but
always fell short. Once he became the Lizard, he was drunk with the
power it gave him, and felt he’d be a God of sorts if he himself ushered
in the new evolution of man.
There’s a ton of great cinematography, with massive shots of the
city, wide, sweeping landscapes, and incredible shots of Spider-Man
flowing through the city, as well as POV shots that give you a spider’s
eye view. The battle scenes were just as good as anything else in the
film. They were fast & fluid, with Spider-Man being truly out
matched, narrowly escaping death by a 1/16th of an inch, wand The
Lizard getting closer with each attempt. Naturally, some people want to
complain about the CGI, but if it was a guy in a suit, they’d complain
about that too. So, fuck’em.
If I have any complaints about the film, it’s that Parker gives away
the fact he’s Spider-Man too often. I mean, the basketball ordeal.
Throwing the football that bends the goal post. Web-slinging down town
without a mask. C’mon. If I’d seen any of that, I would have pieced it
together pretty quick. But honestly, that’s really my only gripe.
In the end, Spider-Man has always done one thing; make me want to be
the best man that I can be. For myself, and for others. This film reassured that fact, as well as show you what can lay ahead for a hero.
What prices one may have to pay when they’re given a gift. Spidey has
always influenced me to be the better man for myself, and for those
around me. Hopefully this film will influence a whole new generation of
kids to do the same. If not, well, there’s always The Punisher.
****3/4 out of 5
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