Director Marc Webb couldn’t have taken on a tougher challenge. Not only does he opt to make the leap from modest comedy to massive CGI blockbuster, but he does so with an almost entirely beloved franchise that wrapped a mere five years ago. However, when the odds are against you like that in this industry, solid filmmaking is really all you need to make a moviegoing experience worth it, even if it’s an experience you’ve been through not too long ago.
As a young boy, Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) parents left in a hurry, leaving him in the care of his Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Sally Field and Martin Sheen). Now in high school, Peter’s dealing with typical teen troubles like crushes and bullies, but the fact that his parents never gave any explanation for their disappearance still eats away at him. When he happens upon his father’s old briefcase, Peter finally might have found the clue that could lead him to answers about his parents, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner.
After weaseling his way into a tour of Dr. Connors’ laboratory, Peter gets turned around and winds up coming in contact with a radioactive spider. He thinks nothing of his spider bite until he realizes he now has incredible physical abilities allowing him to climb walls, spin webs and stop criminals. Meanwhile, Dr. Connors is in a panic as his boss is threatening to shut down his operation. Desperate to see if the serum he’s working on could help him regrow his amputated arm, he takes it himself and it’s successful – in a way.
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