Spiderman is back on the big screen, and this time we get a different look at how it began. It includes more details on his earlier life that leads into a spectacular action pack film with a fantastic conclusion that will keep you in your seats for this one. With the police captain on his tail and a mysterious creature on the loose, Spiderman has his work cut out for him.
The story is similar to the past tales where Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) lives with his Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and deals with the struggles of high school, but has a more in-depth look at how this became to be. This time we find out that Peter’s father is a very intelligent and important scientist for OSCORP. His father has discovered some sort of regeneration formula that he is keeping away from the company and his friend Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans).
After the death of his parents, Peter Parker is curious about what happened and finds a briefcase that gives him some clues to the past. He visits OSCORP to see Dr. Curt Connors and finds himself in a room full of genetically modified spiders and this is where he gets that fateful spider bite. After gaining his powers and realizing his potential, Peter has to avoid Captain Stacy (Denis Leary), who is also the father of his newfound girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and find a way to save the city. The action leads on from there where Spiderman becomes enthralled in a mysterious search for a creature that is destroying New York City.
Director Marc Webb puts his perspective on a different look at how Peter Parker became Spiderman. It’s a little darker than previous versions of the story, which include more details about his earlier life that will keep the audience interested. The special effects used by Webb were magnificent and geared toward the IMAX 3D audience. He does an excellent job of using these special effects to make you feel as if you are following Spiderman throughout the action.
The IMAX 3D was amazing, from the flying, falling, walling climbing, web shooting, and gliding along the building walls, it was as if you were with him throughout. It was mind-blowing to see how well the special effects were used. From the view above the city sky-scrappers, to the helicopter flying overhead, this film made you actually feel like you saw this first hand.
Final Grade: I give this an A for its spectacular special effects and unique spin of the storyline.
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field.
Director: Marc Webb
Writer: James Vanderbilt (screenplay and story), Alvin Sargent (screenplay), Steve Kloves (screenplay), Stan Lee (Marvel comic book), and Steve Ditko (Marvel comic book).
Runtime: 136 minutes (2 hours and 16 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, and Thriller.
Production Company: Columbia Pictures, and Marvel Enterprises.
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012