| Let me start by saying that I have seen all of the Spiderman movies, however I have never read the comic books. Many people assumed that since this movie is a remake of the old Spiderman movies that it would be superior to them, but, to be honest, I didn't think so. I'm not saying the movie was bad or unappealing, I'm simply saying that the film was not as good as I had hoped.
Since this film was a remake I expected it to be similar to the old films but bring something new as well. However, I found this movie to be eerily similar to the old movies...I mean there is not much difference. Granted some of the characters are different (Mary Jane Watson is replaced with Gwen Stacy, The Green Goblin is replaced with The Lizard, etc.) but it simply wasn't enough to make this film better. Now, I was very pleased with the acting in this movie. It was believable and that's obviously very important. However, I didn't think the film left an impact on me. I think the reason why is because it goes on forever. The original films are about an hour and a half long, and this film manages to squeeze over two hours worth of screening time. Now, most of you are probably thinking: The Avengers movie was two and half hours long and you liked it. However, The Avengers film was constantly throwing things at you, where as this movie just drags on. It's fine to have a long movie, but you have to keep the audience engaged and try to throw a curve ball at them every once in awhile.
Finally, the movie is extremely predictable. I knew exactly what was going to happen next. I think what happened was they were trying to remain too true to the old movies. Again, its fine to stay true to the story, but you have to show us something different once in a while to keep us on edge and wanting more. However, I can really see the effort put into this film. I do like the explanations they provide for us, especially when the older movie didn't explain them at all.
I also like the reveal of Spiderman. Have you ever noticed that in the old Spiderman movie that there was really no big reveal, he just kind of appeared? It was blaring mistakes that most critics were displeased with. However I do have a theory about what happened. The first Spiderman movie came out in out 2001, and everyone was hyped and ready to see the movie. The movie even had an awesome trailer to get us even more excited. The trailer was about two thieves trying to escape in a helicopter after robbing a bank. They get in and fly away only to be trapped in one of Spiderman's webs. Spiderman flew in and everybody goes nuts. However, where were the thieves trapped? Right in between the Twin Towers. After 9/11 happened, the trailer felt inappropriate and was taken out completely. Even the poster was grabbed. My speculation is that this was the reveal of Spiderman, but they cut it out at the last second due to the incident of 9/11. If that was the case I can give the film a little bit of slack. Anyway, in this film the reveal is great. I'm not going to tell you since I promised not to spoil anything, but it's a treat. If you have some time this weekend, go see it.
It's a fun movie, but don't get too excited because you will be disappointed.