Unless you've been living in a cave for the last fifty years, you're sure to have heard of Marvel's spectacular Spider-Man. With the original trilogy having smashed box office records, Marc Webb (with his oustandingly ironic name) takes a seat in the director's chair for a new spin of the Spidey franchise: The Amazing Spider-Man.
You already know the hero, the villains, and the basic idea of the Spider-Man mythology, but with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone starring in this comic-to-movie reboot, you're in for a fresh ride.
Peter Parker (Garfield), a typical nerd living in New York with his aunt and uncle, has his entire life transformed by the bite of a genetically modified spider. Things begin to change as he discovers his rapidly increasing speed, strength, flexibility, and an incredible ability to sense danger.
His conflict? Well, his ill-fated science mentor (Rhys Ifans) also has new abilities. In an attempt to re-grow his lost arm, he injects himself with the DNA of a lizard and suddenly finds himself becoming a threateningly large reptile. With a chip on his shoulder, he intends to poison Manhattan with the same serum and turn everybody into his minions. Classy, huh?
It's hard to imagine enjoying a remake of a story which was told only a decade ago, but Webb has added new twists and surprises to keep you on the edge of your seat, and doesn't constantly run over old territory.
With two hours of explosive action shot through a 3D lense, a gripping storyline, and the beautiful Emma Stone to keep you entertained, this stunning reboot will not only please fans of the web-head, but attract a new breed of worshippers.
"With great power, comes great responsibility", and Marvel have certainly taken a step in the right direction with your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.