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 14, 2012
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.
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, 2012
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 10, 2012
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