If I looked deep into my heart, my first real super-hero love is Spider-Man, as a fan throughout my life from the cartoons and comic books, to the recent Sam Raimi films. Those movies where phenomenal in their success and treatment of the characters, however I felt they also suffered from odd casting choices and welcomed this desire for a fresh restart to the franchise.
The Amazing Spider-Man is a reboot in every possible way, highlighted by excellent casting and performances from all the actors. Andrew Garfield brings a different type of Peter Parker than we’ve seen before, in any medium, yet it is Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy who provides the film’s most outstanding performance.
They are brilliantly backed-up by a string of superb supporting actors – Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Sally Field (Aunt May), Rhys Ifans (Dr. Curt Connors) and Denis Leary (Captain Stacy). They all combine to give the film genuine class, warmth and subtleness.
In terms of plot and story, the movie certainly moves at a slow, measured pace and is in danger of lagging slightly half-way through. This is the trade-off for having a script that is prepared to fully develop its characters and their relationships with each other. This results in a pay-off of providing an authentic emotional response to every characters’ circumstances.
The music from James Horner is excellent, while very much sounding a lot like the James Horner we use to particularly love many years ago (ie: The Rocketeer). The great editing, stunning visual effects and Horner’s music combine to make the thrilling finale a memorable highlight.
Director Marc Webb has managed to execute a thoughtful film that simultaneously provides something new, without straying too far away from the essence of Peter Parker. I’m not suggesting the film is flawless and it’s bound to have many people unable to accept this being “THEIR” Spider-Man. For me, as much as I love Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Marc Webb’s interpretation matches more closer to the Spider-Man that I feel in my heart. As a Spidey-fan, I’m very glad to have both. 🙂
Score: 8 out of 10.