Movie review: Spider-Man

Grade: B+

I’ve never been a big Spider-Man fan but I do enjoy my super-hero movies. That said I was never a fan of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies. They were okay but nothing to get excited about. So I was excited to see a change of direction to see if a reboot might reinvigorate the series. After seeing “The Amazing Spider-Man” I would say they are off to a good start.

What I liked most:


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While Tobey Maguire is talented actor I just don’t think he was the right choice for Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield may not have the same overall acting abilities that Tobey does – only time will tell – but he felt like a better Spider-Man. And I’m sure he will only get better as time goes on.

The supporting cast was outstanding, especially Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. The only knock against Emma is that she’s 24 and doesn’t quite pull off that High School teenager look. She doesn’t look old by any means. But neither does she look 18.

What I enjoyed most is that Spider-Man doesn’t have some spider-silk glands conveniently located on his wrists. If we were being realistic then Spider-Man would have silk coming out of his ass, right? 🙂 This version of Spider-Man uses mechanical silk-shooters. That is a great deal more logical in a comic-book-logic-sorta-way.

Disappointments:

There were a few chuckles here and there but nothing like the throw-your-head-back-and-cackle laughs that “The Avengers” provided. Speaking of “Avengers” it’s just a fact of life that the three main super-hero movies of summer 2012 – Avengers, Spider-Man, Batman – are going to be compared to each other. So far I don’t think it’s close. “Avengers” was way, WAY, more enjoyable than “Spider-Man”.

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