I went into this film kind of expecting it to be a total reboot… Instead what I got was a kind of Spidey 4 with an “origin story” attached to it…
Which I liked!!!
Makes you wonder if this film was a reworked Spiderman 4 screenplay that they took the “Villian and romance stories” from the Raimi vision and added a quick “origin story rewrite” to it. Raimi was going to have the Lizzard as the villian too with a simular plot, but obviously with that other actor from Spiderman 2/3 playing the part.
I liked Andrew Garfield in the lead role, and had it just been a straight sequel with him in it just taking over from Tobey(who is obviously too old now) but still playing the part the way he does it here, I probably would have actually liked it more. The origin story was however very patchy and clunky in parts. I say clunky because the Maguire/Raimi version from Spiderman was much more polished, and faithful to the comic book in my opinion, party due to Cliff Robertson who WAS Uncle Ben and obviously the scene with the Macho Man Randy Savage as Bonesaw… which I actually missed in this new version of the origin story.
Martin Sheen and Sally Field were great, but as I said Cliff Robertson was always going to be hard to follow, But I like the fact that Sheen played the character in a more cynical manner.
Gwen Stacey was better cast in this film than in the previous one… Much better.