Release date: July 3, 2012
Directed by: Marc Webb
Screenplay by: James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
Do we really need another Spider-Man? Hmmm, let’s see: Do we really need a new, local pizzeria that reinvents the pie, mixing surprise ingredients in with the old, delivering flavorful yet unexpected taste? Do we really need a new cover of The Kingsmen’s 1963 rock hit “Louie Louie”? Do we really need a new rollercoaster at the outsized amusement park, where three others are already proven crowd-pleasers? On the other web-shooting hand, do we really need another Adam Sandler comedy? (As mentioned previously, an oxymoron … but don’t get me started.)
The rhetorical answer leans toward quality over quantity. And with this new-old Spidey redux of The Amazing Spider-Man, we get to experience a redesigned thrill ride on the shiniest, IMAX-iest rollercoaster in the park. Even better: we’re sitting smack-dab in the front.
Sony and Marvel had initially planned to go with a fourth installment, once again to be helmed by three-time Spidey director Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire. But when Raimi rejected the script, Sony changed plans in mid-air. Particularly since origin stories are often the most dramatic and that Peter Parker – akin to another flying Peter – is eternally young at heart, a redbooted, rebooted boomerang back to adolescence seemed to be the perfect flight plan.
[For Kimberly Gadette's full review, and her high-flying rating, please click here]