Is Marvel Comics just greedy?
Just weeks after The Avengers set box office records, there’s another Marvel Comics super-hero movie in theaters, and it’s probably Marvel’s most iconic character – a proven box office juggernaut. But The Amazing Spider-Man is actually a little risky. This is not Spider-Man 4. This is a re-imagining of the Spider-Man origin. There’s a new director, a new girlfriend, and a new Spidey (And to be fair on the greedy question – the Spider-Man movies technically don’t come from Marvel Studios like The Avengers and related films do).
We comic book fans are at the point when our favorite comic book hero is rebooted on the printed page. It happens every couple of years despite the fact that we’ve read the story hundreds of times. Is an origin story really enhanced just because it replaces dated references?
Thankfully, The Amazing Spider-Man does more than that. An excerpt of Rochester Sci-Fi Movie Examiner Mike DiGiorgio’s review of the film is below and appears with permission. The full review can be found at upcoming-movies.com by clicking here.
“(New director) Marc Webb goes back to the comic book idea that has Peter invent his web-shooters… the writers realize that in 2012, scientists aren’t necessarily the outcasts they might have been in the 60s. In the age of Facebook, a young guy with that kind of technological know-how can be kind of cool. Andrew Garfield’s re-imagined Peter – while an outsider – isn’t invisible. Other students kind of admire his skills. He has enough confidence to stand up to bullies, even if it means getting his ass kicked. And while some girls may not appreciate his gifts, at least one – the ultra cute Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) notices him. And so we watch a familiar story unfold in a wholly inventive new way, just ten years since we last saw it onscreen. The first moments where Peter discovers his powers are actually very original. And without giving anything away, the new movie even manages to take the dynamic between Peter, Uncle Ben and ‘the burglar” and tighten it up and make it less convoluted.”
A final note mixed with a cheap shot: Spider-Man is spelled with a hyphen. If you read any reviews without a hyphen, you should instantly discount it and its writer.
The Amazing Spider-Man is playing at Pittsford Plaza, Loews Webster 12, Tinseltown, Canandaigua Movietime Theaters, Strand Theater in Brockport, Geneseo Square Cinemas and Regal Cinema at Henrietta, Culver Ridge, Greece Ridge and Eastview.