It has only been ten years since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man swung into theaters, and Sony and Columbia have already gone in for the remake. Today Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man opens with Andrew Garfield in the title role, and Emma Stone and Rhys Ifansas the primary additional cast. The film takes the time to tell Spidey’s origin — yes, again — and spends as much time on the character interaction between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy (Stone) as it does the superhero action. Perhaps even more, actually.
The reviews of the film have been flowing in for a week, with a pretty consistent take on the movie that praises the actors and has varying degrees of distaste for much of the rest of the picture. But now’s the time to tell us what you thought, so leave your thoughts on the film after the break. As always, spoilers are expected below the fold here, and in the comments.
More than anything else, I think I’m curious to know how people are responding to a movie that very clearly went through a restucturing process late in the game. A year ago we were talking about how Peter Parker’s parents, who are not traditionally a big part of the Spider-Man story, were a motivating factor in this movie. But much of that narrative line seems to have been cut.
And what about the action, and the overall feel that Webb brings to the film? Garfield and Stone are difficult to fault, but once you get past their performances (and the work of the rest of the cast, with the exception of the misused Ifans) is there anything here for Spidey fans to really love?