Sony decided to reboot the Spider-Man franchise just 5 years after Tobey Maguire donned the red and blue tights and I have to say, I was impressed by the new film.
It tells the story of a younger Peter Parker who knows who his parents are, but is abandoned by them at a young age for unknown reasons. He is taken to his Uncle Ben and Aunt May’s home and grows up under their care. We get fast forwarded to the present, or high school, and Peter has grown to love photography and is just as smart as his dad was when it came to the sciences.
Then the rest of the first half of the movie is pretty much the same as the other Spider-Man. Peter gets beat-up, he likes a girl, he finds out some information, goes to a science lab, gets in the wrong area and is bitten by a radioactive spider, gets super powers, learns how to use them through trial and error. you know, the usual Spider-Man plot.
His enemy in this film is Dr. Curt Connors as The Lizard. At one point in the film, The Lizard part of Dr. Connors tries to overtake the human part of him just like The Green Goblin tries to take over Norman Osbourne in the original Spider-Man.
There are many similarities between both the original Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man, but something about it feels fresh, new and exciting. The Amazing Spider-Man was also shot very well, acted to perfection and was a bit darker than the original. It made the movie feel real, but also a place to get lost in for 2 and a half hours.
I was able to see it in 3D and, trust me I have never been a big fan of the 3D gimmick and would not normally recommend it, but swinging from building to building with the fire escapes whizzing by was well worth the extra money and the annoying glasses.
The only things I have against this Spider-Man is that he is dating GWEN STACY instead of MARY JANE! I don’t know where that name comes from, but I’m sure there is a reason, but it still makes me upset. AND this Spider-Man takes his mask off…all…the…TIME! He might as well just tell everyone what his secret identity is! But I guess he is a high school student and would want the recognition.
Overall I would recommend you see this reboot if you are a fan of the series, but especially if you aren’t. It really does a great job setting everything up for everyone to know what this Spider-Man universe is, especially if you had never seen any Spider-Man film before it. And see it in 3D. It’s really worth it.