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 July 07, 2012
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 July 04, 2012
As a hardcore Spider-Man that has faithfully read many Spider-man comic books for over 30 years, watched every Spider-Man cartoon in existence, the live action series from the late 70's, etc. I know quite a bit about this character and his history. Several changes were made to not only Spidey's origin but other historic details as well. Some have had issues with this but personally I don't because I was very intrigued by the changes and the direction that they were going in.
I'm very happy with the movie. The actors delivered, the plot delivered, the special effects were absolutely stunning. There was a lot of action. There was a great love story. Basically I feel that the movie had something for everyone. This movie gets my highest possible recommendation. Go and see it immediately! True Spider-Man fans won't be disappointed!
Written August 29, 2014
It had so many mistakes that I thought would be bad. The story arc for example:
The story arc is an alternate story of Peter Parker where his parents were Russian spies (such as Black Widow from the Avengers movie) and his dad worked with Dr. Kurt Connors (who essentially is missing his arm because of an accident in his past). I expected them to actually try and make the Lizard like Abomination (from the Hulk) and just be a science miscalculation (typical yet so lovable Marvel).
The actors picked in this movie were so out of character (appearance wise [excluding Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy]). Spider-Mans costume looks amazing (hence the name!), but Andrew Garfield made Peter Parker his own little 'Skater-Boy'.
I was so wrong. Everything was perfect, excluding a few bad jokes, Peter Parker is the same nerd and Spider-Man is the same cocky Spider-Man. 8/10
Written September 19, 2014
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.