You Haven’t Spun Your Last Web, Spiderman

By Alexandra Allyn ‘13

The Karate Kid, Spiderman, and Footloose all have one thing in common. They are all movies given creative facelifts and remakes. However, what set them apart from the Spiderman franchise are their age differences. Both the Karate Kid and Footloose were made in the 1980s, leaving appropriate time for a remake. Spiderman, however, only has a 10 year age gap. Too soon? The right choice? Opinions seem to differ.

The Spiderman franchise began in 2002. We all know the story of Peter Parker and the spider bite that made him into a hero. Upon its release, it welcomed positive reviews. Kirk Honeycutt from The Hollywood Reporter said “the filmmakers’ imaginations work in overdrive from the clever design of the cobwebby opening credits… to a finale that leaves character relationships open ended for future adventures.” With such positive reviews and box office success, two more movies followed, with the last coming out in 2007. Time passed and director Mark Webb thought that the franchise was ready for a reboot. With a promising cast of Andrew Garfield as Spidey himself and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, his object of affection, Mark Webb was spinning a “Webb” of hope.

With the announcement of a premature Spiderman film came doubt. It brought to mind the old phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” However, these opinions were quickly put to rest. It received a “certified fresh” rating from the popular movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, and is the 45th highest grossing film of all time. Christopher Orr of The Atlantic said, “The Amazing Spider-Man is considerably more fun-and, yes, even touching-than so premature a reboot had any right to be.”

Nick Bartlett, a senior, feels the same way. “I liked it better than the original. It felt more personal, and I could relate to Andrew Garfield better.” These reviewers would argue the remake was the right choice.

Not all opinions on the film were positive. Although successful, it did not do as well as its predecessor when it came to the box office. Dana Stevens of Slate magazine doubted the need for a remake. “This might be a fun summer blockbuster if only it even remotely needed to exist.” Some felt that the movie was irrelevant and lacked what the other had brought-fun.

Graeme Anderson, a junior, felt it was repetitive. “There were very few original things about it. I’ve seen it all before.” To him, the decision to remake was one that was unneeded.

So what’s the final decision? If it were up to me, I’d have to disagree. I thought the film had tons of action and laughs while seamlessly weaving in plenty of heart. Having seen both movies, I felt that Andrew Garfield played a better Peter Parker, and I found myself entranced the whole time. But don’t listen to me. I’m not a professional movie critic…yet. A decision on whether the timing of the film was appropriate may never come to be, but all that is for certain is that there are already talks of a trilogy. Obviously, it can’t be all that bad.  Check the movie out for yourself. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the DVD of The Amazing Spider-Man on November 9, 2012.

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