Yeah....the 'Untold' Story....ummmm...
Mike: We waited a while to see Spider-Man because we wanted to avoid the
opening weekend crowds and because, while we liked Sam Raimi's
Spider-Man trilogy and love the character, we weren't all that crazy
about seeing the origin story re-told. It's a bit too soon for a full-on
reboot. I think people are fine with re-castings, or just starting
without the origin story. Remember Tim Burton's Batman? No origin story
there - just some flashbacks. I wish that could have been the case with
The Amazing Spider-Man. Instead we get another hour-plus
from-the-beginning superhero film. The spider bite, the discovery of
super powers, the death of Uncle Ben... for much of the film I felt
totally aware of the fact that I was watching a re-hash. But what's
interesting is that the first half of the film is actually more
enjoyable than the second half. I think the filmmakers were way too
focused on getting the origin story right (which they handled decently)
and the actual story - Spider-Man vs. Lizard - is sort of an
I thought Andrew Garfield was fine as Peter Parker. I don't really care
for Emma Stone, whose mix of annoying cheeriness and cigarette ash
grinds on my nerves. Sally Field and Martin Sheen were a bit too obvious
and a bit too high-profile castings for my choice.
Erica: I agree with Mike on multiple fronts. Most notably: IT WAS WAY TOO SOON FOR ANOTHER SPIDER MAN MOVIE! I feel like the last trilogy just ended now we are back with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (equally as unpleasant as Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst). I enjoyed the first 3 movies, don't get me wrong, I just didn't need to see it again so soon. Note to movie studios: I know America has a short term memory issue (and get bored easily so they need their smartphones everywhere they go)....however all of America remembers seeing 3 movies similar to this one just a few short years ago. Hopefully this will not turn into the same exact trilogy we saw last time.