When Sony chose to do another reboot of the story with the Amazing Spider-Man films starring Andrew Garfield I threw in the towel. I mean how many times do I need to see the origin story of a character this well known. The only reason I decided to see this new “reboot” film is because I liked the way they wrote the character into Civil War and the prospect of bringing Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was intriguing – plus Iron Man right?
Sadly this expectation was unmet. The first twenty minutes was so full of teenage angst and dumb characters (especially Peter’s best bud Ned) that I was ready to walk out of the theater. The story eventually improved with some interesting action scenes but overall it felt sluggish and tired. The Vulture was a weak villain, staying mostly in the shadows until the last third of the film. The scene with the Staten Island Ferry that is so prominently featured in the trailers is interesting but requires way too much suspension of belief that it was almost laughable.
The twist before the final big action scene was a surprise, but lacked the energy and tension that Marvel regularly achieves with the Avengers films. But it isn’t all bad, there are some bright spots in the film.
- Tom Holland plays his role well and with a better script may have been able to bring a lot of more life into the film.
- Zendaya is terrific as the loner girl Michelle who seems to have a better idea of what is going on than anyone.
- The Captain America cameos are hilarious (stay until the very end of the credits) and all the references to the Avengers and the Sokovia accords is also interesting and does help bring the character into the fold.
From a story aspect though the only thing that I found interesting was Peter Parker’s growth as a person in the end and that was way too obvious. It will be interesting to see just how this whole Spider-Man MCU thing plays out but unless future films tie-in closely it’s doubtful I will go to the theater to see any more Spidey films.
In the final analysis giving the film to a director without a big film under his belt and six different screenwriters I snot always a formula for success.
I give it 5 of 10 stars