— Posted by Alyssa
Director: Mark Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
It’s been only five short years since the masked vigilante known as Spider-Man graced the big screen. However, after the horrendous Spider-Man 3 a reboot was definitely in order.
An outcast in high school and living with his eccentric aunt and uncle after the disappearance of his parents, grungy science-geek Peter Parker (Garfield) stumbles upon secret research conducted by his equally brilliant father and his father’s one-armed assistant Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans). The research involves cross-species genetics and the positive effects it could have on society. Letting his curiosity get the better of him, Peter wanders into OSCORP where Connors resides along with his studious intern Gwen Stacy (Stone). While there, Peter gets unexpectedly bitten by an experimental spider and inherits the qualities of an arachnid. Harnessing his powers for good, Peter has to stop the menace known as The Lizard (who is Curt Connors after an experiment gone wrong) and protect his new love interest in Gwen.
Having directed the sensational indie (500) Days of Summer, Mark Webb (despite the appropriate last name) was an unlikely choice to direct this blockbuster. However, he knows human emotion and uses that to his advantage. It grounds everything that happens in reality. While Peter’s angst is not fully-developed, every reaction he has to the various situations occurring is a plausible one. Sometimes the movie has a hard time balancing romance, action, and comedy. It results in a tone issue between being campy and light like the original franchise and dark and brooding like Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Overall, it’s an enjoyable stand-alone movie that works due to the likable cast.