The Spider-Man franchise was in a desperate need for a reboot, we can all agree to this when it seemed like the sequels were spinning out of control until they ultimately slowed to a halt. Sam Rami took great care in the first Spider-man movies, but things just didn’t feel right. The same can be said for the new movie that was just released on the third of this month.
One word: Motivation.
The movie was great an I enjoyed it as much as the next guy or even more, but the other half of me (the self critical cynical self) must relay all the mistakes that will never be able to ignored. Partially because Peter Parker’s main quest is to figure out what happened to his parents, discovering a briefcase with secret information regarding a formula from his fathers and Curt Connor’s experiments. It leads him to Oscorp where he stumbles upon a room full of radioactive spiders, getting bit…in the neck. (*pulls out old Spider-man comic, reads it, then shakes head*) I understand Marc Webb’s reasoning in shapeshifting events to differ from the comics because it was already replicated in the Sam Rami editions, but I felt like the difference couldn’t shed enough light to show Peter Parker as a powerless young man finding power and having no idea what to do with it, using it for the wrong reasons. The new Peter simply becomes somewhat of a bully, humiliating those who humiliated him.
Then comes The Lizard. Transformed when trying to regrow his lost arm, Curt Connors instantly becomes an enemy bent of turning the rest of the city into his own kind and preventing Spider-man from getting in his way. When he discovers Spider-man’s alter ego, who stampedes into the school to end the threat. The character of Dr. Connors is filled with emotion, but when The Lizard comes into play, he turns dull and motivated only to kill. The same exact thing happened with the Green Goblin, but I would act like that too if I had to wear that costume. *shudder*
Then we get to what made it so great and that can be said with two words: Gwen Stacy.
Staying true to that part of the story was the smartest thing one could do and I give kudos to Marc Webb. In the comics Peter fell in love with Gwen at the start of his web swinging, not Mary Jane which upset me most dearly being a fan of the comics. The character is not the typical damsel in distress; Gwen is smart and knows what needs to be done to not only protect herself, but to protect Spider-man. Her father gets in the picture too and ultimately saves everyone by helping the one person he swore to retain in custody.
Overall the movie was entertaining and had a great story to tell. I anticipate the sequel to be better than the first and to up to par to the true nature of the comics.