Of late, we have really seen some major improvements in the usual Hollywood superhero flicks – take batman for example, Christopher Nolan has redefined batman in a way we could have never imagined before. He showed us how important it is to have an insight on the oozing power as well characterization of both the hero and villain. However, as ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ began, I asked myself, “Haven’t we seen enough of spidey in the last franchise?” because no matter how fascinated we were from the nerve chilling stunts in Toby McGuire version, over the series we have observed a pattern that was falling from the mark. In every climax, the villains would grope Mary Jane, the love interest of Spiderman, to challenge him one last time. Somehow, the Sam Raimi camp chose to portray confused, weaker personality traits of Peter Parker to glorify his alter ego. So when a new avatar of the hero was going to be launched, certainly these thoughts poked Marc Webb’s mind, because this time we saw some prominent differences.
It is a new beginning first of all with a distressed scientist Richard Parker being threatened, fleeing off after putting his son Peter in his brother Ben’s safe house and finally killed in an accident. He and his friend Curt Connors were working on cross genetic mutation i.e. reinforcing human DNA with that of lizards who can regenerate at their will and thereby eradicate weakness of falling prey to malicious diseases. The research is put on hold as the original transcripts of Richard’s work go missing with his death but Dr Connors keeps trying over years without success. Meanwhile Peter grows up to be a brilliant young boy and finds out the secrets about his father from his original research work hidden in the attic. He goes to meet Dr Connors who is working for a corporate house Oscorp who are funding his research. Then he is accidentally bitten by a radio-active spider which alters his DNA and his super power is born. Peter is shocked first and then amused with his discovery. He starts liaising with Dr Connors to help him complete his unfinished research. At the same time, his uncle Ben is killed by a goon and Peter sets out to avenge on a killing spree. This quest transforms him into Spiderman as he picks up a suit and mask to hide his identity and creates an electro-mechanical device to create a web of bio-reinforced fibre. When Peter is out in the city to perform the role of a vigilante, Dr Connors experiments the solution on himself, as he is threatened to shut down his unit by Dr Ratha from Oscorp and a monster alter ego of lizard is born – who is equally powerful and shrewd. From that moment on it is a clash between the two titans.
The film is definitely a success considering the simple fact that it is more reasonable than the predecessor. It was extremely preposterous that in the previous set of films, Spiderman could bring out the web from wrist. The new version of the story does a very good treatment to the characters as well as the technicalities. Peter Parker is a restless teenager. He has a sharp mind and a lot of power, he is so unsure of. So it’s reflected beautifully in his actions, arguments and hesitations. He is someone who can’t keep a secret from his girlfriend about his powers and which seems perfectly all right for someone of his age. The portrayal of the villain could not have been better than this and it has an underlying message that research with best intention could go awry if the side effects are not considered. Perhaps the film cannot match the spider actions of that of its predecessor in every respect because the spent on CGI is much less. Still, the film has its moments and I am sure the audience will enjoy them.