The Amazing Spider-Man

The so-called franchise ‘reboot’ released a couple of days ago and ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ seems to be the big-boy version of the original trilogy. Put in a simpler way, the original series was the wading pool for kids, with a relatively happy ending, while this is the deep end. Darker and much more violent, this isn’t a movie for the smaller kids, but is a must watch for die-hard Spiderman fans.

‘The Amazing Spiderman’ tells the same well known story of “your friendly neighbourhood, Spiderman”, but in a darker, edgier and faster-paced form. For the first time, to my knowledge Peter Parker’s biological parents are mentioned. They abandon poor little Peter for some unkown reason (which we find out later in the movie) and turn up dead much later. Fast forward to the future, where a 17-year old Parker searches for clues about his father after finding his old satchel in his uncle and aunt’s attic. He finds much more than he intends to…

There are several differences from the old trilogy, most notable of which are:

  • A younger Uncle Ben and Aunt May: Peter’s aunt and uncle aren’t as ancient as in the old movies, and one can see that May must have been quite a bomb when she was younger.
  • Artificial Webs: Peter invents a device which shoots webs, as opposed to having the ability to shoot webs because of the mutation.
  • No immediate retribution for Uncle Ben’s murderer: Spidey does embark on a mission to find him, looking for a star tattoo on his right hand, beating thugs left, right and center which brings him to the attention of the police, but he fails to capture the murderer.
  • A different lady love: Instead of Mary-Jane Watson as Peter’s love interest, we see a certain Gwen Stacey, which makes for an refreshing change.
  • No J.Jonah Jameson: The Daily Bugle’s ever angry editor doesn’t make an appearance!

Differences aside, ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ is an excellent picture. Andrew Garfield and Rhys Ilfans, in particular seem to have ‘brought it’ to their respective roles as Peter Parker and Curt Connors (the Lizard). Also, I found a surprise waiting for me in the form of Irrfan Khan, an Indian actor playing a small role, as Dr Rajit Ratha, one of Oscorp’s employees and Connors’ boss.

I loved the fight scenes, as well as the web slinging action, shown in a first-person perspective. However, Peter’s constant stammering in front of Stacey becomes annoying and repetitive. There also seems to be some inspiration taken from Hitchcock, with a humourous interlude inside an action-packed fight scene.

So, all in all, an awesome, solid-entertainment action flick. Also, be prepared for possible sequels, since there is a snippet of video right after the credits which implies so.