Caught the midnight release, and instead of doing a review and possibly ruining the plot for you, I figured I’d do a comparison to the last set of Spider-Man movies. Though I’ll try to avoid them (save those that should only be a spoiler if you’ve NEVER heard of Spider-Man), there may be a few spoilers in here.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Andrew Garfield did a great job in the role, but then I thought Tobey Maguire did too. Andrew plays a pretty decent nerd, but its extremely hard to out-nerd Tobey. What Andrew does take over Tobey though are the moves and the mouth. Granted, the moves are probably a mixture of what effects were available at the time, mixed with those on the film and not Tobey. Jokes a bit too, for Tobey got a few, but the ones he did get weren’t always given with quite that Spidey feel. Kind of a toss up, but I’d give this to Andrew, even if most of my reasons for it isn’t actually due to him.
Uncle Ben: Cliff Robertson or Martin Sheen… Tough one. Sheen I believe gets more screen time than Robertson did, but both made amazing Bens. I’d call this a tie, even if they changed something up on Sheen’s version…
Aunt Mae: Sally Field, I’m sorry but I’ve got to hand this to Rosemary Harris. I thought Rosemary had it from the start, and while I did warm up to Sally, it just took most of the movie to do it.
Gwen Stacy: Is this one really fair? Bryce Howard didn’t show until the third film, and most her scenes either shared time with Topher Grace or Emo-Parker. While I enjoyed many things from Spider-Man 3, Topher and Emo-Parker were not it. Bryce just never really got much characterization either, so this has to go to Emma Stone.
Dr. Conners: Who can I compare Rhys Ifans to? Dylan Baker got hardly any time, though if he did I’m not sure he could match Rhys in the role. Willem Dafoe then? Dafoe makes for a great crazy guy, but his Goblin I’m unsure about. Not really sure comparing two complete different characters are fair, either.
Others: Flash gets a bigger role, and while he first looked a bit more punk to me than the more I guess old fashion jock style I’m use to imagining Flash in, he does a great job in this film. Denis Leary was good as Captain Stacey. Generally I guess, it had a great supporting cast. A lack of J. Jonah Jameson though was highly disappointing.
Effects: I’m not sure this one is fair. Effects are great, but this did come 10 years after the first Spider-Man movie. I thought the effects were great in the 2002 movie in it’s time, though they have not aged well. The use of web shooters were a nice touch too, and a good way to help set this film apart from the last set.
The Story: Yeah yeah, I just said I wasn’t really doing a review. Just basic thoughts, really! They did a great job on the story here. At the same time, I did not walk away from this completely blown away. It was definitely a solid origin story that seemed to take cues from some of the recent Marvel movies though.
7/23 deciding to add in a few links to other reviews
Cal C’s review pointing out the shortcomings of the film.
LeBeau’s take that seems to share a similar look to me and giving the story and comic look more time.