It was just five years ago that we last had a Spider-Man film when, in 2007, director Sam Raimi brought us Spider-Man 3, the one were he goes black and evil.
Five years ago, in my opinion, is by far too soon to even be thinking of ‘rebooting’ a series such as this. And let’s clarify that word ‘reboot’ here. What they mean is remake but that fast became a dirty word in Hollywood so reboot was born.
So what you get with The Amazing Spider-Man is a really good film. It has all the hallmarks of a classic Marvel movie and the new director Marc Webb (chosen just for the surname??) handles things well enough and Andrew Garfield is impressive as Spider-Man.
The issue comes that you’re watching the movie you saw, what feels like, a few years ago as we have to go through the whole scenario of how he gets his powers, how his uncle is killed etc, etc.
Once that’s out of the way and the film can get on with the story it’s not badly done at all. There’s some silly things like: how do his feet stick to buildings through his shoes? (before he gets his costume. Though come to think of it…) How does he afford all the webbing he purchases? (in this version he can’t produce the webbing, it reverts back to the original cartoon of him having canisters on his wrists.) Why, when his uncle is shot, do all the people that were on the street suddenly vanish?
These are silly things and they don’t affect the movie that much. As I said Garfield excels as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Emma Stone is very good as Gwen Stacy the girlfriend. Rhys Ifans as Dr Curt Connors/The Lizard I’m less convinced by but he’s really there to move the plot along as the doctor and act as the bad-guy as The Lizard – both of which he does absolutely fine.
There’s going to be another two of these movies at least, both of which have already entered pre-production or been announced, so it will be interesting to see if they can keep this quality up.