Written September 28, 2016
I was skeptical whether the latest version of the Spiderman story would be good. How wrong I was! Andrew Garfield did a terrific job as Peter Parker, actually embuing the teen orphan with more emotion and angst than Toby McGuire ever did. One of my daughter's male friends commented how Garfield's Peter is more like a realistic high school teen, especially with the skateboarding and fashion. The CGI, while prevalent, did not detract from the film. In fact, I found out after the movie that the Spidey web swinging scenes were done by a real stuntperson, which impressed me all the more!! Emma Stone was a tough yet tenderhearted Gwen Stacy. Comedian Denis Leary played Gwen's stern but loving police chief father. I was surprised to see screen veterans Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May; the pair providing balance and heart to the Peter Parker family storyline. Of course, there is the cameo of the ever present Stan Lee!!! A Spidey film not to be missed!
Written September 23, 2014
I saw no reason to reboot this, but they did a moderately decent job. The choice for Spiderman is too good looking and charming to be a proper Peter Parker -- Parker is a nerd and this one just isn't going to be one no matter how much they sell him as being otherwise.
One thing I do note about this is their use of his fighting style is very effective in terms of "Spiderman", much more so than previous efforts -- he climbs over his oversized nemesis as a spider might, and uses his webbing in a very effective and appropriate manner to avoid attacks. A particular and specific "two thumbs up" for the fight choreography.
Written July 03, 2012
Is the real Stan Lee dead? Was this movie meant to be a sarcastic slap to the face of the real Spider- Man fans? I wont get into the lack of true Imax footage, which was maybe 10 minutes if that. Yes it was very upsetting to see, at World Golf Village the largest Imax in the Southeast, 2 feet of black bars at the top and the bottom of the screen except for a few short minutes. That could have been over looked if the movie was actually good but it wasnt. To be fair let me say, if you have never heard of Spider Man or just dont get into the Super Hero type movies that much, you will probably enjoy this movie. If you have been a TRUE fan of Spidey since the beginning you will be let down. The only thing worse than this would be akin to the Star Wars disasters. After the first two original movies, maybe the best ever made, George Lucas ruined it by catering to little children instead of the true diehard fans. I couldnt believe how many changes Stan lee allowed to the Spider Man character.
Written April 21, 2015
The movie was great I would pay to see it again. I loved how it told the story from the begining the actors and actresses did an awsome job. Will buy it when it comes out on dvd.
Written January 30, 2015
I never understood the need for a reboot of a good franchise. After watching it, I'm glad they did. I was very impressed w/ Garfield & of course Stone rocked it. Better acted, more emotional depth than the previous 3, and better story. Definitely worth seeing in the theater.