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Apart from Marvel's wish to mark (or capitalise on) the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man, there seems little point to this hasty movie re-spin, which boasts plenty of action, excitement and humour but lacks the refreshing charm of Sam Raimi's 2002 film. Home-grown talent Andrew Garfield delivers a moodier version of Peter Parker, but his incarnation also borders on the smug when he discovers superpowers bestowed on him by a genetically modified arachnid. The story covers familiar ground as our hero fails to prevent a family tragedy and becomes hellbent on cleaning up the streets in clingy spandex. Martin Sheen and Sally Field offer seasoned support as his uncle and aunt, while Emma Stone provides another steadying influence as girlfriend Gwen Stacy - who also happens to be the protégé of conflicted scientist (and part-time lizard) Dr Connors (a creepy Rhys Ifans) and daughter of the cop hot on Spidey's heels (the delightfully churlish Denis Leary). Newcomers may enjoy the novelty, but it's less involving for those who know where it's all headed, making this not so much amazing entertainment, but more of a passing amusement.
A gifted teenager investigates the secrets hidden in his dead parents's past, leading him to a mysterious corporation and an incident that imbues him with superhuman powers. A personal tragedy drives him to use his new-found abilities to fight crime, and he is soon drawn into a deadly battle against a former colleague of his father, who has undergone a devastating transformation of his own. Superhero adventure reboot, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans.
Cast & Crew
Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Dr Curt Connors / The Lizard
C Thomas Howell
Jake Ryan Keiffer
Man in the shadows
DVD and Blu-ray
29 Jun 2012
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