ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY PREMIERE The Amazing Spider-Man★★★ 8.30-11.10pm ITV
The reboot has become Hollywood’s fallback option when a franchise needs a spring-clean. Sam Raimi had produced three successful Spider-Man films with Tobey Maguire in the lead, but the third met with critical opprobrium and a planned fourth was cancelled in 2010. Two years later, Spidey was reborn with a new actor, Brit Andrew Garfield; a new director, the fortuitously named but blockbuster-inexperienced Marc Webb; and a fresh new feel, with mechanical web-shooters replacing Maguire’s biological brand. However, it means we go back to the beginning again for the origins story, as high-schooler Peter Parker is bitten by that radioactive spider and develops heightened sense and reflexes, turning crime-fighter after the death of his uncle (Martin Sheen). Garfield plays Parker as an even more awkward nerd; Emma Stone adds bite as his sweetheart, police captain’s daughter Gwen Stacy; Rhys Ifans makes a dastardly villain, the Lizard; and if anything, the highwire FX are more breathtaking than under Raimi. It worked. World saved again.
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