A WEB ANY SIZEon February 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm
I know I'm a little bit behind the curve on this, but let's talk about it anyway.
On Monday, Sony released a brand new, official promo image of Andrew Garfield in costume as Spider-Man in director Mark Webb's reboot of the franchise.
The film's official title was also announced - The Amazing Spider-Man.
There have been plenty of photos of Garfield in costume from outdoor sequences the crew has been shooting around Los Angeles. I will state for the record that I haven't been impressed by those shots. But I reserved judgment until we saw something official from Sony.
Now that we have something concrete, I can say... ehhh... I don't hate it.
Sony originally released a photo of Garfield sans-mask looking pummeled and forlorn a few months ago. Aside from the aesthetic changes they made to the costume, that shot didn't mean much to me. Without the mask, the jury was still out.
Now that I've seen the mask, I'd say they did a pretty good job. It still has the Oakley lenses similar to the costume in Sam Raimi's version, but the webs on the mask are thinner and horizontal across the forehead and scalp. To my eye, it looks more like the old Steve Ditko version of the costume (comic book nerds will know what I'm talking about) and I think that's a good thing.
Even though I think there's too much blue in the costume - and unnecessarily textured - the colors are bright and poppy. That, in combination with the decision to title the film The Amazing Spider-Man leads me to believe that the film will have a lighter, bouncier feel than the angst-ridden Raimi films.
Don't get me wrong. Peter Parker's life sucks. That's what makes the character relatable. But when he puts on the mask, he's free - almost jubilant. That's something that Raimi's films never fully captured. I have my fingers crossed that Webb's Spider-Man will be much wittier and quicker on the take.
This reboot will live and die by the tone it establishes. If it's not different enough from the originals, the 5 year span between the last movie and this relaunch will make the film feel perfunctory. Here's hoping they pull it off.