We don’t see the radioactive spider or Uncle Ben. Instead, we watch Peter come to grips with his dual identity and learn to listen to his most heroic instincts, a theme that audiences young and old will be able to relate to.
By telling the story from the women’s perspective instead of Corporal McBurney’s (as did the 1971 version), Coppola pivots the implications of a source material which can be construed as misogynistic and demeaning towards women.
Below average movies like “Office Christmas Party” and “The Hangover” sequels have dampened expectations for the sub-genre, but the recently released film “Rough Night” may have given the genre a small lifeline.
It’s not even clear what the lesson kids are supposed to learn is. Do your best? Even if this wasn’t Pixar, possibly the best storytellers not just in animation but in cinema itself, that’s boilerplate and boring.