SpiderMan Reborn – Again

How many times has Spiderman been redone?

I went to the theatre expecting Part 4 of the Spiderman Series. It was not a planned movie outing… and we were quite surprised to get tickets to the movie 5 minutes before it was supposed to start.

It took us about 15 minutes to realise that we were watching the movie all over again. We know what happens, how it happens and that Spiderman will not die.

Sometimes, if done right, it can be fun to see a movie which you already have seen.

Andrew Garfield makes a much more interesting Spiderman than Tobey Maguire (sorry to all the Maguire fans but as brilliant an actor he is, as Spiderman, he was just plain annoying. Scaredy cat!)

The story makes a much stronger case for Spiderman’s background, positioning him right to be bitten, attacked and all that which follows. He looks young, acts young and feels young, without being too dorky, which feels fun.

Of course, there are always creative liberties taken with such movies. So traditional Spiderman fans will be disappointed with little changes – the lack of Osborne as the bad guy (yet), Green Goblin as a big lizard, MJ as Gwen etc.

Perhaps this is a reflection of the times we live in, but the director humanizes Spiderman but not in a bad way. Of course he gets super powers, but he can be injured and he does get injured quite often, quite badly. And a bad guy who can regenerates parts and is somehow still human is a lot more evil than the green goblin in the previous versions (who was quite chilling and cool too).

What’s so Amazing about this Spiderman? The feel of the movie… and a much more interesting cast (of course, that’s very personal – I hated both Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire… weepy, sad and fit for an elizabethan morose movie)

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