I was going to do a few other reviews before I got to this one, but considering this movie just opened and I have it fresh in my mind, now seemed like the right time to write and post this review.
To prepare for this movie, I just re-watched the previous installments in the series, minus the horrible third movie. I liked the first two movies, and would say that the 2nd was my favorite. I will say that there are some great things and some bad things about those movies. But will this reboot swing us into the right direction, after the sour taste of Spider-man 3 in our minds.
The story is somewhat the same, but we have some new people in some familiar roles, Andrew Garfield steps in as Peter Parker, and we have no MJ in this movie, but we get the lovely Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. And I am happy to say that there is not a single Goblin sighting in this movie, this time we get Rhys Ifans, as Dr. Curt Connors, who becomes the Lizard. And playing the parts of Uncle Ben and Aunt May, we have an upgrade with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. And lastly, need to give a shout out to Denis Leary, playing Gwen’s father and police captain.
I don’t think I need to go into great detail about the story, as I stated earlier it is pretty much the same origin story with a few tweaks and changes from the other trilogy. And that is one of the downfalls for the movie, they spend a lot of time re-telling the story, and numerous people have wondered why they didn’t skip or give us a condensed version and just move the story along. I do have to say that is pretty quick into the movie and I was already thinking Garfield is doing a better job as Peter Parker. And the same can be said for Stone, the first time she pops up on the screen, you are forgetting all about MJ. I was not a big fan of The Lizard, it really seems that Spidey seems to be lacking in villains that can be brought to the big screen, and not seem cheesy. Well there is Venom, but once again, they did a great job of ruining that for all of us in Spider-man 3. I just realized how cool it would be to see a Nolan directed Spider-man with Venom and Carnage. Just sit back and think about how awesome that would be.
Another thing that was a huge improvement, was the special effects, but you also have to realize it’s been 10 years and obviously the technology has gotten much better. There were still moments where it just looked a CG Spidey in action, but it seemed more practical shots were also used. This is also a little thing I noticed, it seemed that in this movie, they did a great job of making the whole web slinging seem more realistic, you actually saw where he was swinging from, and there is a whole scene in the movie that really showcases that. And for me, there are two amazing moments, that showcases the coolest pose from reading the comics, and it is highlighted nicely at the very end of the movie, and makes an appearance as he is swinging through the city. I think they also show it one of the trailers too. It’s not a huge thing, but it was a moment that really stuck out to me. Check out the :54 mark on this trailer to see what I am talking about.
This still has some nice one liners from Spidey, that were common in the trilogy, and what you would expect from a Sam Raimi film, but I think they were toned downed a little in this one. I think that Webb brought a little more romance and emotion to this movie.
I am really curious where they are going to go with this story, one being the fact that it seems that there were numerous people in this movie who find out that Peter is Spider-man, that can’t be a good thing at all, and I am sure it will come back to haunt him, in a very bad way. There is a little bumper at the end of the movie, but I wasn’t sure what they are hinting at. I just hope that they don’t have the Lizard show up in every movie, we all know how well that worked with the Goblin.
I did see this movie in 3D IMAX Experience, which is not a full IMAX screen, but still delivers the same great video and audio quality as the IMAX promises. And there were some great 3D scenes, and also a few that made me wish I had driven a few hours to see this on a real IMAX screen. Some nice POV shots as he is slinging his way across the city.
Overall, I would have to say that I enjoyed this movie, and I would suggest that you check it out on the big screen, and perhaps see it on IMAX 3D if there is one close by. It’s not a perfect movie, but I still had a great time, and I look forward to seeing more of this Spidey story. I really hope they continue in this direction and don’t turn this into a suckfest. Spider-man 2 was great, so let’s hope the second one in this story is just as amazing or better.
Well that is going to wrap up this review, and I have a few other reviews that should be coming your way in the next few days. Smaller in budget and more independent movies than this, but some good ones in there own way. Stay tuned for those.
Until then, go out and see a movie