The question everyone is asking: Did we really need a reboot of this? Not really, especially since this movie is almost exactly like the 2002 movie, plotwise. It’s like the people who made this movie watched the 2002 one and said, “I want to make this exact movie, only I want to cast, write, and film it better, fixing all the annoying mistakes.” It’s the same story. We’re not really complaining about that, but we see why a lot of other people are.
But movie is better than the one ten years ago because of the leads. They look and act like real teenagers. Andrew Garfield is older than Tobey was when he played Peter Parker, but we feel like he looks 17. Andrew has the angst, awkwardness, arrogance, humor, and sweetness to sell a teenage, imperfect Spiderman. We understand why this kid is too annoying to be popular, even though he’s cute, and yet we like him anyway.
Emma Stone is Emma Stone, and for that we should all be grateful. She’s smarter and funnier than Dunst’s Mary Jane. In short, these kids can really act. We didn’t like the new Uncle Ben (he kind of annoyed us with his preaching), but Sally Field’s Aunt Mae was a nice change. We also liked Dennis Leary as Gwen’s father. If we are going to have more Spiderman movies, it was good to put Peter back in high school rather than continue with the douche adult Tobey’s Peter turned into.
We liked the new source of Peter’s webbing, because it’s true to the comics. The emotion felt more real and the action scenes were better, due to technology. We liked that this movie was a little darker and more intense than the 2002 one. The humor was a little more our style. The movie might have been a little too long, but there were some knockout scenes that kept the pacing rolling along fine. In short, it loses points for originality, but boy are Emma and Andrew fun to watch.
Movie grade: B