Why they decided to reboot this is beyond me. A good reason to do a reboot is to tell the story in a new way. This is the same story told the same way. The only thing different is a new villain.
The first half of this moving is stupidly familiar. It’s almost exactly the same as the first Spider-Man movie that came out ten years ago. Peter Parker is an awkward, super smart teenager. He gets bit by a spider and then turns to crime fighting after his uncle gets killed by a thug. This is the exact same in both movies. In the first it’s interesting character development. In the second it drags and you just want it to get to the good parts.
They try to change things up in this movie by having Gwen Stacy be the love interest instead of Mary Jane Watson but there is little difference between the characters. In fact the only two differences I can think of are their names and hair colors.
The lizard has his moments but his motivation was a bit askew. He went from being the good scientist who just wanted to grow his arm back to being a crazy mad scientist for no good reason. I understand that’s where the story needed to go but they needed to ease into it better.
This story lacked originality. This article from Collider shows that there was something there at one point but for some reason that escapes me they thought it was better to get rid of it.
There are a lot of things not to like about this movie. The only reason I’m not giving it a traffic light red light to not see it is because I’m hard on movies and there aren’t a lot of good ones out there right now. So if you have nothing better to do and want to get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned theater then go see Brave. Or Spider-Man if you’ve already seen Brave.