This has to be, hands down, the best Spiderman origins film to have ever been made. The character is brought to live in a way that makes him totally believable. We actually get to see the pain and injury that he receives while he is fighting crime and looking for the killer of his uncle. The film we even able to get rid of the wimpy bitchy Mary Jane for a while as in she is no where near this film at all. Personally I hope they keep her out of it for many films to come. Without her we get to see the true Peter Parker and what he is really made of. We get to see just how it is that no one else but him could be Spiderman, even how he came up with and why he came up with the mask that he uses. This is a film that even if you are a die hard fan you are going to like this film.
The film opens with a young Peter (Max Charles) playing hide and go seek with his father Richard Parker (Campbell Scott). It is during the game that young Peter Parker finds his dad’s office broken into and ransacked. He calls out to his dad and then is whisked off to his relatives by his dad and his mother Mary Parker (Embeth Davidtz). Richard tells his son that they have to go away for a while and that he is to stay with his Aunt May (Sally Field) and his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen). By the way, I think that the choice of Sheen and Field for Peter’s relatives were the perfect choice. They just seemed so much more real then the actors and actresses that have played Ben and May in the past.
Later we find that Peter’s parents died in a plane crash. We find this out when an older Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is doing a search on the internet, using Bing no less, to find out information about Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) who is father worked with when Peter was a boy. His sudden interest in Connors was due to his finding his fathers old brief case when their basement started taking on water due to a plumbing problem. In the case he found his fathers research notes on cross species genetics, something Connors has a personal interest in. It is the blind ambition and quest to cure or replace his missing arm that eventually turns him into The Lizard.
Anting to find out more about his father, Peter goes to Oscorp to try and meet Dr. Connors. While there he finds out that his crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) works as an intern assistant for Dr. Connors. Considering that Peter got in by false misdirection and impersonation he tries to hide the fact that he is there when he sees Gwen. It is his own curiosity and desire to show off intellectually, to get Connors attention, that gives him away to Gwen. She saves him but quickly puts him in his place by calling him the 2nd best student at the school that they both go to. She assures him that it is so, almost daring him to say otherwise. After the confrontation she quickly tells him to stay out of trouble so not to cause her to get into trouble. He tells her he will behave and then bumps into Rajit Ratha (Irrfan Khan) and discovers that Oscorp is still trying to fix or find the formula that his father had once discovered.
Being a curious mind, Peter fallows Ratha and finds the lab where Oscorp is making high strength bio-cable. They are using genetically modified spiders, that his father developed, to make the high strength cable with. Fascinated Peter goes into the room to check it out. While he is in there the automated systems start harvesting the webs which make the spiders fall all over him. You get to see him cringe and shudder as they fall in his hair and on his cloths. Of course he misses one and it crawls into his shirt as he exits the room. Right after Gwen finds him and takes his badge and tells him to leave. It is right after that that we see the spider bit him.
As I said, this is the best Spiderman origins that I have ever seen and this is going to take the franchise places it never has and give us treats that just were not possible in the past. At least that is what I hope as I am sure other fans feel the same way. We know from little spoilers here and there that Peter is not going to stay away from Gwen, even though he promised her father Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) to do so. We also know that Connors has not been fully cured of his Lizard condition. We even see hints that Man in the Shadows (Michael Massee) might actually be the terminally ill Norman Osborn that Ratha is trying to cure.
One thing is for sure, this is going to be the start of a wild ride with the new Spider-Man that we have been given. A real flesh and blood hero that can and does get hurt but presses on because he has to. He keeps going because his Aunt, who seems to realize who and what Peter is, and the city need him to.
I give this film a Musing review of