The story of Peter Parker, an outcast high school student who was abandoned by his parents as a young boy, alternatively being raised by his aunt and uncle. Of course Peter becomes Spiderman through an encounter with a radio-active spider, and well, you probably already know the story. Marc Webb's version of the origin story of Spider-man is a much more grounded film, that feels more like a romantic drama than a typical superhero movies. This version of the film is just as, if not more interested, in Parker as a man whose tortured past constantly haunts his future. It's the origin story of an teenager whose angst and inner turmoil must be overcome if he is to ever become something greater. It makes a lot of sense that Webb was selected for this film, as the relationship which unfolds between Gwen and Parker is handled with care, really being the soul of the film. The action sequences are solid, though they could definitely have been better but for the most part this is a film that feels simply like a good story, more so than a "comic-book movie". The film does lose some of it's luster in a third act which feels a bit rushed, and there is a particular sequence towards the end of the film which is headache inducing in it's stupidity and sentimentality that is so unnecessary and really makes no sense in the story. From an actor standpoint, there can't be any complaints as pretty much every actor in this film is superior to actors from the original trilogy. Overall, this is a solid summer blockbuster that delivers on far more than it doesnt.
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