If I were to make a list of films that could and/or should receive the reboot treatment… Spiderman would probably not have made the list. I may have been disappointed with the last in the franchise, but I wouldn’t have guessed that anyone would have wanted to start over from scratch so quickly… alas, I don’t make these kinds of decisions and Sony has decided that yes, Spiderman needs to be rebooted and the origin story told again.
When I first heard of this decision I honestly rolled my eyes and didn’t think much of it. As the cast was assembled, I began to wonder whether or not this wasn’t a bad idea. Upon viewing the first teaser trailer… I’m on board.
Hewing closer to the origin story of the original comic, The Amazing Spiderman fills us in on how Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield… the guy from The Social Network) came to live with Uncle Ben and Aunt Bea (Martin Sheen and Sally Field), it gets into his first love with Gwen Stacy (the always wonderful Emma Stone… in her natural blonde locks), her father the police chief George Stacy (Dennis Leary) and the great villian, Dr. Conners, aka. The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). The tone is decidedly darker than what we’ve seen in the past and my hope is that it will be a more emotionally satisfying film without the glowering and hammy acting of Willem Defoe (whom I love, but was miscast in my opinion as the Green Goblin).
My only complaint regarding this trailer is the first person shooting game style towards the end where we are in Spidey’s eyes and are running, jumping, climbing and swinging. It was interesting in 3D, but seemed super fake and a bit cheesy. My hope is that is solely for the sake of the trailer and the effects won’t be that lame… but we will have to wait until next year’s Fourth of July weekend to find out. Perhaps in that time a movie will be made that isn’t a franchise, sequel, reboot or remake… I’m not holding my breath.
Sometimes, these heroes are not so super,
Cornelius J. Blahg