Of the numerous super-hero characters that have made their way to the big screen Spider-Man is one of the most popular, with the three Sam Raimi directed movies financial and critical hits. Now there is a new Spider-Man in town, with a reboot set to swing into movie theatres this July.
But before then Sony Pictures have granted a packed house of Sydney film media and Spidey-fans a sneak peek at The Amazing Spider-Man, which stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacey.
After an introduction from the head of Sony Pictures Australia, we were treated with a first glimpse at the brand spanking new trailer shown in its proper 3D format which works very well in its portrayal of the web swinging exploits of this iconic Marvel character.
First thing of notice is how different the tone and look this Spider-Man movie is to Riami’s interpretation. Director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) stamps his own style onto the story of how teenager Peter Parker became Spider-Man, and what influences his sense of justice with an obsessive quest to find his long missing parents leading to his meeting Dr Curt Connors (Rhys Ifhans).
This leads to the first footage of the Lizard in action and by the brief glimpses shown it looks like Spider-Man will have his hands full with this reptilian monster of a villain, who is able to swat cars away like confetti.
Following the trailer was a montage of clips slickly edited into a nice little package. Via a pre-recorded video Webb introduced the montage by prefacing that the film is still in post-production. In the place of an official score were random tracks ranging from the American Beauty theme to the Rolling Stones. CGI was also incomplete, with wires still present and blue screen appearing here and there.
Yet regardless of its incomplete nature, the material presented looked pretty spectacular. Especially impressive is how the new cast take to these iconic characters. Garfield suits the look of Peter Parker to a T and brings a nice smart ass attitude while in Spider-Man garb. Emma Stone is cute as a button in blonde locks and vibes well with Garfield whenever the pair share screen time.
Rhys Ifhans is menacingly creepy, Dennis Leary projects a “don’t mess with me” attitude as the cop after Spider-Man’s head, and Martin Sheen is perfectly cast as Uncle Ben projecting the warmth and moral guidance the character is known for.
While little was shown there was a fair amount of new material to be consumed. The end result is that The Amazing Spider-Man looks like a blast and has the potential to better the Raimi films. We’ll see if that is the case come early July.