We recently had the opportunity to watch the new Spider-Man movie now showing in may movie houses, now titled as The Amazing Spider-Man, because it’s a total reboot of the previous film versions. New cast, new director, new spider suit, new web shooters, a newly modified story or origin, etc.
This movie is now less blatantly comic bookish than Sam Raimi’s 2002 “Spider-Man.” This is now the latest arachnid in Marvel’s cinematic terrarium that fills in the back story of the pre-Spidey Peter Parker, placing heavy emphasis on his orphan status, and shows how he was hurriedly left by his parents to the care of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
Andrew Garfield plays a very different bright and nerdy Peter Parker. Tobey Maguire played the role too insularly and even though his dweebishness may have helped him connect with his fanboy audience, he wasn’t a terribly exciting presence even when he leapt into costumed action. Garfield, by contrast, is surly and rebellious and twitchy and this contrasts smartly with his high school sweetie Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who is all smiles and wiles.
When I first heard the rumor that Garfield has replaced Maguire as Spider-Man. These images came into mind because back then I have no idea which Garfield they were talking about.