Posted by Alia Haddad on July 9, 2012 at 9:33 am
I keep it no secret that comic book movies rarely ever appear on my favorites’ lists. This, in large part, has to due with the fact that I rarely see them. While I love Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman movies, Marvel comics, Superman, and Spider-Man have never really been my thing. In fact, the only reason I saw the Spider-Man series of yonder was because I very much loved (and still do) Kirsten Dunst. That being said, I still very much disliked (and still do) the series.
So, keeping my distaste for the past franchise in mind, what made me go see Marc Webb’s series reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man? Well, the two leads of course. With The Social Network breakout star, Andrew Garfield, playing the protagonist and my girl crush times a thousand, Emma Stone, playing damsel-in-distress Gwen Stacy, how could I not want to see this movie? Especially after throwing in one Denis Leary, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, and Rhys Ifans. And don’t even get me started on the sheer brilliance of securing comic-book-movie-director novice (and not to mention feature film director novice) Marc Webb as the film’s director. With only one feature film–(500) Days of Summer–under his belt, to say this was a studio gamble would be a severe understatement.
But when early reviews started flooding in praising this movie, I knew I had to see it, and see it I did. And now I’m here to tell you that all the positive reviews were right. This is by far the best Spider-Man movie to ever grace the big screen.
A major reason behind this definitely had to do with the two leads. Garfield shined as Spider-Man giving him depth, character, and likability (a factor I saw missing from Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of the same character). Finally I was rooting for and caring about Spider-Man’s fate. Stone, similarly, was also great, taking what could have been a bit role and making it memorable.
The supporting cast was equally strong, really helping to solidify The Amazing Spider-Man as the best of its kind. Even more than the acting, though, the film’s dialogue and direction were really stand out. Webb made a noticeable decision to not take this tale too seriously and this one decision really benefited the movie. Gone was the down and out Spider-Man of the Maguire era, and in its place is a rather light-hearted and, most importantly, fun movie to watch.