After Director Sam Raimi decided to walk away from Spider-Man after his 3 film deal,and actor Tobey Maguire decided to EMO dance away from
the role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man no one knew who would portray Spidey next or who would direct the next series of films.
Fortunately very capable people have ended up in Spider-Man's web.
The film begins on the right note establishing Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) as a smart,shy,protective and inventive young man
Just about everyone is familiar with the story of Peter Parker / Spider-Man but some modern alterations are placed here and there
and actually add to the story.
The family story is stronger,the love story is stronger due to a strong cast Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field)
and the great chemistry Garfield has with Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy).
Rhys Ifans does a great job as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard.There is a Jekyly and Hyde vibe to the character.
Haunted by the loss of his friend/colleague Richard Parker (Campbell Scott) but still receptive to his son Peter,
the character is torn between actually using the DNA-based cross-species genetic serum and leery of actually testing it on humans.I
fans portrays this inner turmoil quite well.
The film has some flashy cool and stylish visuals.Great action sequences the school showdown is the standout.
Director Marc Webb insures that none of the aforementioned takes away from the drama.He always brings us back to
the turmoil and love Peter has for his family,the relationship with his parents that was cut short,and Peter's developing relationship with Gwen.
There are some cheesy lines and moments,some ambiguous loose ends are a bit annoying.Fortunatley the negatives dont weigh the film
down which is quite fun and fresh,its kind of like polishing up a classic car.
I truly hope this series continues its going to be very interesting to see where the story goes.
Scale of 1-10 an 8½