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The UnPopular Opinion: The Amazing Spider-man

Sep. 11, 2013by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

Here's something to ponder: What made Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN so great? Was it the somewhat cheesy acting or the candy-colored cinematography? How about Willem Dafoe's way over-the-top performance as Green Goblin? Despite some things that many fans would consider flaws if it were not for the widespread acclaim and love for Raimi's films, SPIDER-MAN is looked at as the template for what a good superhero movie should be. Marc Webb's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN meets all of the same benchmarks plus has a better cast and is yet looked at as lesser than the Raimi version. I contend that not only is THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN better than Raimi's original, it is very close to being the best of all the SPIDER-MAN films.

I do hold SPIDER-MAN 2 as the best in the series because it eschews the origin story and gets right into dealing with Peter Parker facing off not only against Doctor Octopus but as well as the growing suspicions from his friend Harry Osborn. The crux of Raimi's trilogy has always been Tobey Maguire and James Franco whose story culminated successfully in SPIDER-MAN 3. What Raimi's films never got right was Peter Parker and his relationship with Mary Jane and Aunt May. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN manages to hit all of those notes as well as setting up a franchise that matches Stan Lee's original vision for the character.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN keeps Peter Parker in high school for the duration of the film, the setting from the comic book that fostered his development as a hero and a character. Forcing Peter to deal with bullies, girls, and all of the rest of the typical American teenager problems faced every day by Spidey's fans. SPIDER-MAN jumped right past high school and into the college years which skimped viewers on the ideal setting for the webslinger. While I am not sold on the rebooted origin featuring Peter's parents as integral parts of his superpowers, we now have an angsty teen who is swarming with hormones which is a fertile ground for multiple future stories. I was among numerous fans who cried that we didn't need yet another superhero origin movie, but without Maguire or Dunst returning, there was no choice. Raimi had beaten the story for all it was worth. The only other setting possible with college and high school ruled out would be a working class Parker and that doesn't jive with PG-13 audiences.

Tobey Maguire was 27 years old when SPIDER-MAN was released while Andrew Garfield was 29 and yet Garfield is a much more convincing high schooler than Maguire ever was. Is Andrew Garfield the better actor? It is too soon to say yet, but I will absolutely say he is a better Spider-man. Spider-man was always a sarcastic smart-ass on the written page, something Maguire barely scratched the surface of. Garfield has all of the full of himself vigor and devil may care attitude that makes Spider-man both a hero and incredibly reckless. He also bears the scars of an embattled hero better than any comic character on screen aside from Christopher Nolan's Batman.

And then there is Emma Stone. Oh, sweet Emma Stone! What a perfect piece of casting genius! Stone was originally expected to play Mary Jane Watson, taking over from Kirsten Dunst, based on her famous red hair. But we were wrong and instead got a true interpretation of Gwen Stacy, much different from the wasted performance from Bryce Dallas Howard in SPIDER-MAN 3. Stone, like Garfield, feels like a believable high schooler. In keeping with Spider-man's eternal flaw in logic, once again the hottest girl in school falls for the geek. We all have dreamed of this happening, but this version of Peter is less a dweeb than an outcast. If Marc Webb and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN got anything perfect, it is the dynamic and chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. The real life couple have a connection that jumps off the screen and you really believe they are in love. Webb, who directed another electric couple in Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, knows how to direct conversations and relationships which is why those seem to be the best parts of the film and what Raimi's lacked.

Even Aunt May, as played by the great Sally Field, feels more like a real person than the old biddy she has been in the comics. Martin Sheen's fleeting role as Uncle Ben still achieves what it set out to and get Spider-man rolling with his true calling. Aunt May has always been Peter Parker's rock and Field drives that home much like Diane Lane did in MAN OF STEEL. Instead of giving us a two-dimensional mother image we have a character with layers who can communicate with our hero and do more than expound narrative. Aunt May is now a major part of Peter's circle who know his true motivation.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN wanted to emulate THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy by setting a superhero in a realistic setting. It seems to have worked quite well. The Lizard may not have been the best choice to launch a "realistic" franchise, but everything else sets up nicely. I know they didn't mean that the movie would be feasible but rather not look like Raimi's candy universe. Ten years is a lifetime for franchises like this and these two SPIDER-MAN films are markers for very different universes. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN presents a universe that could conceivably be shared with the X-MEN films if a crossover were ever possible.

Which is why with some separation between the initial release of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and now I can admit I actually like that Peter Parker reveals his identity to multiple characters. At first I thought it was an idiotic decision that ruins the secret part of having a secret identity. But, in a world where a teenager has no one on his side, divulging who he is to his closest friends and family would not only be possible, but it also removes the stupidity that characters wouldn't be able to figure it out. Aunt May and Gwen Stacy are not stupid and they would be able to discern that Peter Parker was actually Spider-man based on simple deduction. The majority of New York City doesn't know Peter so they would never figure it out. Finally we have a movie that doesn't treat those around our hero as morons.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN may not have created the most visually striking villain in Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, but they continued their streak of casting high caliber actors for a goofy role. Rhys Ifans brings the most humanity to a Spider-man villain since the great turn from Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus. Sure, Willem Dafoe was good, but incredibly over the top. What The Lizard shares with Doc Ock is a back story and a motivation that is sidetracked by their insanity. I don't think I can find higher praise for Ifans peformance, despite it's shortcomings. I have no doubt that if that was one of your weakest spots in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN that whatever comes next has a great first step.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 through 4 are coming over the next half decade and each will build on an overarching back story initiated in this first chapter. Where Raimi's trilogy is connected by the Peter/Harry/Mary Jane triangle, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN series will benefit from being planned in advance. It is tough to rank Raimi's trilogy without including the bad SPIDER-MAN 3. It is too soon to tell if THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN will suffer a chapter as lacking as that one, but if you compare the first entry in both series, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN has the higher potential for success.

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1:02AM on 06/03/2014
Sorry but the movie was just horrible.
Sorry but the movie was just horrible.
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1:51AM on 09/13/2013
This "rebooted" Spidey is a terrible, soulless movie in the vein of the Total Recall rehash. It tries to mimick its precusors success, only succeeding in reminding us why the Raimi version was superior in every way. There is no real fun or whimsy, no comic book feel here. It's paint by numbers kids and you can feel it every step of the way. All of the fun of Raimi is missing. Remember the first time you see Spidey webbing about in Sam's movie - felt wonderful didn't it, you know you remember
This "rebooted" Spidey is a terrible, soulless movie in the vein of the Total Recall rehash. It tries to mimick its precusors success, only succeeding in reminding us why the Raimi version was superior in every way. There is no real fun or whimsy, no comic book feel here. It's paint by numbers kids and you can feel it every step of the way. All of the fun of Raimi is missing. Remember the first time you see Spidey webbing about in Sam's movie - felt wonderful didn't it, you know you remember how awesome this was. Didn't feel that in this abomination did you? Could have been any super hero movie this......just happened to be Spidey. If you liked this shitty movie, you probably like Battleships too.
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8:39AM on 09/13/2013
I totally agree and this is what I was trying to convey: that this movie is a soulless remake that relied heavily on the fan base that Sam Raimi started, you can tell this because it was the lowest grossing spiderman ever, the sony execs originally wanted to kick out Marc Webb because of the low gross and that he potentially messed up the franchise, and that the only reason they let Marc Webb back into the sequel that is going to come out is that they do not want to lose production time/cost
I totally agree and this is what I was trying to convey: that this movie is a soulless remake that relied heavily on the fan base that Sam Raimi started, you can tell this because it was the lowest grossing spiderman ever, the sony execs originally wanted to kick out Marc Webb because of the low gross and that he potentially messed up the franchise, and that the only reason they let Marc Webb back into the sequel that is going to come out is that they do not want to lose production time/cost and potentially the franchise (so that it wont go back to marvel) .
4:28PM on 09/12/2013

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3:41PM on 09/12/2013
I cannot see why anyone would like this film it totally sux. The worst part has to be when he promised gwen's father that he will leave her out of his life, and at the ending he breaks that promise. Also the end credit makes no fucking sense, people are saying it was Norman Osbourne, and now it is speculated to be a tease for electro who is now black (jaime foxx, no racisim intended). Also during early interviews even Marc Webb didnt know what the end credit was supposed to do (WTF). It was
I cannot see why anyone would like this film it totally sux. The worst part has to be when he promised gwen's father that he will leave her out of his life, and at the ending he breaks that promise. Also the end credit makes no fucking sense, people are saying it was Norman Osbourne, and now it is speculated to be a tease for electro who is now black (jaime foxx, no racisim intended). Also during early interviews even Marc Webb didnt know what the end credit was supposed to do (WTF). It was never explained who that INDIAN GUY was and why he was relevant to the film, (he literally disappears at the ending). Film suffers from a half ass script and directing. Webb tried so hard to combine Iron Man, Dark Knight, and Spiderman (2001) and failed (come on he was a music video director).

Andrew Garfields acting ALONG WITH EVERYONE was horrible/CHEESY and Spiderman was a DICK:
1. He made some lady spill beer all over her shirt and ripped off her shirt with a full on Boob shot in the subway (Think of the kids Marc Webb!)
2. He kicked the guys ass, who was trying to stand up for the lady in the subway and everyone else in there except for the other female (probably because spiderman would've seen like a women beater)
3. He gave Lizard his father's notes? (its okay for plot point but this gesture made him seem unintelligent and not the nerd he should've been instead it would've built more character if he thought of the algorithm himself)
4.He dissed the cop and threw away his gun (WTF)
5.He seemed more intent on Gwen's booty call rather than saving the city, come on they were making out the whole film.
6. Lizard had little to no character development at all, it seemed that he was suppose to have an identity problem, bi-polarism, or jekyl/ mr hyde feel but it was not pulled off well at all (Even the actor who played him said that all his own scenes were cut out of the film)
7. His Webshooters glow whenever he shoots (it should NOT have b/c he was supposed to stealth enemies)
8. Even though it was shown, he never replaces his Web Cartridges? I guess he has infinite?
** Costume design is horrible, everyone knows his identity/face by the end of the film, and he was to much of an EMO person who had daddy issues like Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, when in actuality he was suppose to be content with the love and care of Uncle Ben and Aunt May***

I can go on for pages on how horrible this film really is and people said Daredevil and Wolverine Origins was bad...
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9:26AM on 09/12/2013
I didn't exactly hate this film but I didn't exactly love it either. One of the main complaints people had about Raimi's Spiderman was him taking off the mask. In this film he completely beat all 3 of those films with how much he took it off. The villain blew, his motivations and cardboard cut out backstory and forced relationship with Peter's dad, the whole scene with the cranes was way cheesy, Peter comes off like a jerky teen brat who I just wanted to smack. Aunt May felt like she didn't
I didn't exactly hate this film but I didn't exactly love it either. One of the main complaints people had about Raimi's Spiderman was him taking off the mask. In this film he completely beat all 3 of those films with how much he took it off. The villain blew, his motivations and cardboard cut out backstory and forced relationship with Peter's dad, the whole scene with the cranes was way cheesy, Peter comes off like a jerky teen brat who I just wanted to smack. Aunt May felt like she didn't even matter in the story at all, the Spidey suit looked terrible, glad they have changed it for the new film, the score was underwhelming, I can't even remember anything about it.

Wow, I guess I didn't like this film more than I thought because I can't think of anything I liked about it. Maybe Gwen, she was probably the best thing about it.
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7:16AM on 09/12/2013

I completely agree!

I thought this movie was execellent! I wish this was the first Spider-Man movie. But it wasn't. And that was its biggest problem. Not only is it a reboot to a franchise that had just ended butit was also advertised as the untold Spider-Man story when it was almost the same story!
I thought this movie was execellent! I wish this was the first Spider-Man movie. But it wasn't. And that was its biggest problem. Not only is it a reboot to a franchise that had just ended butit was also advertised as the untold Spider-Man story when it was almost the same story!
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11:28PM on 09/11/2013
Honestly i think this movie is overrated and not better than Sam Raimi's at all. I mean come on the script relies so much on what Sam Raimi already created with the previous trilogy (They even try to reword the whole with great power comes with great responsibility part and uncle Ben dying). They tried to make spiderman too much like a vigilante like batman; making it feel totally unoriginal and not spiderman like at all. Andrew Garfield looked too old to play a young spiderman and emma stone
Honestly i think this movie is overrated and not better than Sam Raimi's at all. I mean come on the script relies so much on what Sam Raimi already created with the previous trilogy (They even try to reword the whole with great power comes with great responsibility part and uncle Ben dying). They tried to make spiderman too much like a vigilante like batman; making it feel totally unoriginal and not spiderman like at all. Andrew Garfield looked too old to play a young spiderman and emma stone looks nothing like gwen at all. The costume was downright atrocious and looked stupid, and why did he take his mask off so much? It's the 1st in a franchise and they pull the whole dark knight rises where everyone basically sees the man behind the mask, like wtf. Also spiderman was a dick, unhumorious, emo, and had a skateboarding punkish attitude.
Even though sam raimi's spiderman was not "ACCURATE" it had heart and was the spiderman that you can look up to unlike this new one. Also ratings mean nothing, come on the only reason it got quite high ratings is that most people were so put off by spiderman 3 that this was somehow better as a reboot when it wasn't too far. Similarly to how xmen 1st class's ratings, that movie was downright boring, made no sense, tried to be a reboot/prequel that did not work and only got high reviews because it was slightly better that X-3 and was unexpected but for the reason that many reviewers prefer better characterization now than an overall better film, i dont know.
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9:13PM on 09/11/2013
The Amazing Spiderman has a 73% approval rating out of 283 critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 77% approval rating out of 776,004 users, which makes this not an unpopular opinion.
The Amazing Spiderman has a 73% approval rating out of 283 critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 77% approval rating out of 776,004 users, which makes this not an unpopular opinion.
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8:28PM on 09/11/2013
I thought the movie was shot sweet and liked the visual aesthetic, but the fact the villain and his henchman were perpetuated through a green fart was not.
I thought the movie was shot sweet and liked the visual aesthetic, but the fact the villain and his henchman were perpetuated through a green fart was not.
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6:49PM on 09/11/2013
It's a well made movie, I just prefer Raimi's. I will say that Elfman's score for Spider-man is much better than Horner's. Those main titles in Raimi's films are some of my favorites.
Also, I think time and the lack-luster Spider-man 3 made people forget just how huge the first Spider-man movie was. Spider-man, with the exception of maybe Avatar, was probably the biggest non-sequel movie released in the 2000's. Everybody saw it. Critics and audiences loved it. There's just a certain magic of
It's a well made movie, I just prefer Raimi's. I will say that Elfman's score for Spider-man is much better than Horner's. Those main titles in Raimi's films are some of my favorites.
Also, I think time and the lack-luster Spider-man 3 made people forget just how huge the first Spider-man movie was. Spider-man, with the exception of maybe Avatar, was probably the biggest non-sequel movie released in the 2000's. Everybody saw it. Critics and audiences loved it. There's just a certain magic of seeing a superhero on screen for the first time, and Amazing Spider-man never had a chance of capturing that. Like I said, Amazing Spider-man is a good movie, but I still felt it was too soon to repeat the origin story.
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3:47PM on 09/11/2013

despite the lizard looking kinda off, amazing is infinitely better than raimi's stuff.

the cast, the story, the tone... EVERYTHING is better. i've never understood any praise the raimi flicks got.
the cast, the story, the tone... EVERYTHING is better. i've never understood any praise the raimi flicks got.
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3:12PM on 09/11/2013

Why is this an "unpopular" opinion?

Amazing Spider-Man got generally good reviews, and a generally positive reaction from fanboys (check its ratings on RT or IMDb).

Personally, I thought it was kind of lame for reasons I've delved into before (primarily that it's redundant as an origin story), but I do have high hopes for the sequel.
Amazing Spider-Man got generally good reviews, and a generally positive reaction from fanboys (check its ratings on RT or IMDb).

Personally, I thought it was kind of lame for reasons I've delved into before (primarily that it's redundant as an origin story), but I do have high hopes for the sequel.
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2:10PM on 09/11/2013
Don't get me wrong. this movie is pretty good. Its a lot of fun and Andrew Garfield IS Peter Parker. The only issue is that the whole "Untold Story" approach was bogus. They cut everything that was apparently "untold" and thats my only concern.
Don't get me wrong. this movie is pretty good. Its a lot of fun and Andrew Garfield IS Peter Parker. The only issue is that the whole "Untold Story" approach was bogus. They cut everything that was apparently "untold" and thats my only concern.
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1:42PM on 09/11/2013
I think you pretty much nailed it, but I also agree with those who suggest the film lacked a certain energy. I left the theater ultimately satisfied, but without the sense of excitement. They got sooooo much right with the Amazing Spider Man, and ultimately I preferred this take on the character, but pumping up the excitement factor would really have brought it to another level.
I think you pretty much nailed it, but I also agree with those who suggest the film lacked a certain energy. I left the theater ultimately satisfied, but without the sense of excitement. They got sooooo much right with the Amazing Spider Man, and ultimately I preferred this take on the character, but pumping up the excitement factor would really have brought it to another level.
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1:19PM on 09/11/2013

"What made Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN so great?"

The energy....

It's what makes every Raimi film so great, even ones with paper thin story such as Drag Me To Hell or The Quick and The Dead. The man is utterly gonzo with a camera, he has been since the original Evil Dead and continues to be so (even if CG has creeped in far too much in recent years). It's why A Simple Plan stands out as an example of supremely controlled film-making.

Even the extremely average Oz movie he made starts to come alive when he's concentrating less on CGI
The energy....

It's what makes every Raimi film so great, even ones with paper thin story such as Drag Me To Hell or The Quick and The Dead. The man is utterly gonzo with a camera, he has been since the original Evil Dead and continues to be so (even if CG has creeped in far too much in recent years). It's why A Simple Plan stands out as an example of supremely controlled film-making.

Even the extremely average Oz movie he made starts to come alive when he's concentrating less on CGI visuals and more on madcap camera crashes, zooms, whip pans, movements and angles.
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1:18PM on 09/11/2013
I definitely agree with this, Spiderman 2 is the best Spiderman movie (so far) but I thing the cast in the reboot is superior, I guess it'll depend on if Webb can also improve on it in the sequel just like Raimi did
I definitely agree with this, Spiderman 2 is the best Spiderman movie (so far) but I thing the cast in the reboot is superior, I guess it'll depend on if Webb can also improve on it in the sequel just like Raimi did
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1:04PM on 09/11/2013
I agree completely with what you said. It wasn't a perfect film, but after many re-watch experiences, this one comes close to being the best Spiderman movie thus far. Spiderman 2 tops it by just a little for me, but I think ASM sets up the potential for this series to greatly excel above the original...and this is coming from a guy who LOVES the original series (3 aside, though I don't hate that one as much as some do).
I agree completely with what you said. It wasn't a perfect film, but after many re-watch experiences, this one comes close to being the best Spiderman movie thus far. Spiderman 2 tops it by just a little for me, but I think ASM sets up the potential for this series to greatly excel above the original...and this is coming from a guy who LOVES the original series (3 aside, though I don't hate that one as much as some do).
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12:49PM on 09/11/2013
Also Maguire proved in the excellent video-games (namely spider-man 2) that he can be the sarcastic spidey we all love. I think Raimi just never allowed time in his movies for those moments.
Also Maguire proved in the excellent video-games (namely spider-man 2) that he can be the sarcastic spidey we all love. I think Raimi just never allowed time in his movies for those moments.
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12:46PM on 09/11/2013
I couldn't call it better... I even watched Raimi's original trilogy again and aside from Green Goblin looking and moving like a villain from Power Rangers, there were some classic moments. The Thanksgiving incident with the blood dropping from the ceiling and Norman finding out is a scene that comes to mind. J Jonah def enhanced the movie experience.

However the biggest compliment I could give amazing spider-man is...it's different and I actually care about continuing in this universe and
I couldn't call it better... I even watched Raimi's original trilogy again and aside from Green Goblin looking and moving like a villain from Power Rangers, there were some classic moments. The Thanksgiving incident with the blood dropping from the ceiling and Norman finding out is a scene that comes to mind. J Jonah def enhanced the movie experience.

However the biggest compliment I could give amazing spider-man is...it's different and I actually care about continuing in this universe and following these characters.

SM - 8/10, SM2 - 10/10 (still the best super-hero movie to date next to Dark Knight), SM3 6/10 (it actually starts off pretty good and has some moments throughout, but falls apart near the end), TASM - 8/10 (not better or worse than 1...just different)
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12:31PM on 09/11/2013

SM - 9/10; SM2 - 9/10; SM3 - 7/10; TASM - 8/10.

Reboots can either continue the story with just different actors, or, they can re-do it. They should all be sequels, because they still feel like part of the same series. A lot of you think it will feel weird to see the same story just 10 years after the first movie. But no. It'll feel weird to see it just 5 years after the last movie. Too bad. Because if I compare this one to the previous three, it has some improvements.

It's just as entertaining and dramatic as the other 3. But again, I
Reboots can either continue the story with just different actors, or, they can re-do it. They should all be sequels, because they still feel like part of the same series. A lot of you think it will feel weird to see the same story just 10 years after the first movie. But no. It'll feel weird to see it just 5 years after the last movie. Too bad. Because if I compare this one to the previous three, it has some improvements.

It's just as entertaining and dramatic as the other 3. But again, I would've respected it more if it had been a remake made in the future. The fact that most of the important scenes feel redundant (and I know I'm not the only one), makes this automatically inferior.
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12:27PM on 09/11/2013
I fully agree with this article. I'm really looking forward to part 2, hopefully it doesn't flop.
I fully agree with this article. I'm really looking forward to part 2, hopefully it doesn't flop.
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12:16PM on 09/11/2013

Easily the best Spider-Man

And for the record, Spider-Man 2 SUCKED. It had so many plot holes and story telling slips it is appalling. Raimi and company treat the audience as if we are complete morons with this film and it drives me nuts. The film had a ton of potential, but unfortunately did not live up to it. Molina was awesome, great casting as Doc Ock and Franco was incredible as well but the movie fell flat. I could not overlook the many mistakes or flat out intentional expectations that the "audience is too
And for the record, Spider-Man 2 SUCKED. It had so many plot holes and story telling slips it is appalling. Raimi and company treat the audience as if we are complete morons with this film and it drives me nuts. The film had a ton of potential, but unfortunately did not live up to it. Molina was awesome, great casting as Doc Ock and Franco was incredible as well but the movie fell flat. I could not overlook the many mistakes or flat out intentional expectations that the "audience is too stupid to notice" decisions by the film makers.
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12:10PM on 09/11/2013

Not sure why this is an Unpopular Opinion

I definitely preferred Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and, while I don't hate Kirsten Dunst, I much prefer Emma Stone's vibe and onscreen chemistry with Garfield.
I definitely preferred Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and, while I don't hate Kirsten Dunst, I much prefer Emma Stone's vibe and onscreen chemistry with Garfield.
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12:01PM on 09/11/2013

Twilight Spiderman?

From what I remember as a kid, the Spider-Man I grew up with was nerdy and scientific, like Maguire's Parker, so I related to Raimi's take on the movies more so than the brooding emo skateboarding Parker from Garfield. That being said, I like Andrew Garfield and think he did a good job. Overall though, I like the Raimi movies better (minus 3) because they fit my mold of what I remember reading when I was younger. I know the Ultimate Spider-Man story is a little different, so maybe that's why
From what I remember as a kid, the Spider-Man I grew up with was nerdy and scientific, like Maguire's Parker, so I related to Raimi's take on the movies more so than the brooding emo skateboarding Parker from Garfield. That being said, I like Andrew Garfield and think he did a good job. Overall though, I like the Raimi movies better (minus 3) because they fit my mold of what I remember reading when I was younger. I know the Ultimate Spider-Man story is a little different, so maybe that's why this one seems so different. I look forward to the next movie though to turn my attitude towards this franchise.
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11:43AM on 09/11/2013

Nope.

The film looked good and had all the right ingredients (all of which I love individually) but lacks the charm and wit and innocence of the Raimi-Maguire films (sans Spider-Man 3, of course). I get that Spider-Man is reckless, and I really like Garfield as an actor, but he comes off like as asshole most of the time and that really irritated me. Not to mention the story was flat and went nowhere. None of the original complexities that were teased in the trailers even happened in the final cut.
The film looked good and had all the right ingredients (all of which I love individually) but lacks the charm and wit and innocence of the Raimi-Maguire films (sans Spider-Man 3, of course). I get that Spider-Man is reckless, and I really like Garfield as an actor, but he comes off like as asshole most of the time and that really irritated me. Not to mention the story was flat and went nowhere. None of the original complexities that were teased in the trailers even happened in the final cut. Although Maguire's Spider-Man wasn't exactly true to the source material, he was far more likable.
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11:43AM on 09/11/2013

Unpopular??

Alex I don't know how this is an unpopular opinion. This is 100% accurate. Spider man 2 was very good, but in general amazing spider man is more complete.

I also think that the cast as a whole makes a huge difference. Except Alfred Molina. That man can do no wrong
Alex I don't know how this is an unpopular opinion. This is 100% accurate. Spider man 2 was very good, but in general amazing spider man is more complete.

I also think that the cast as a whole makes a huge difference. Except Alfred Molina. That man can do no wrong
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11:37AM on 09/11/2013
Oh, and this isn't as an unpopular opinion as you would think. Most fans like this film just fine if you visit comic book message boards.
Oh, and this isn't as an unpopular opinion as you would think. Most fans like this film just fine if you visit comic book message boards.
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11:35AM on 09/11/2013
How anyone can think Maguire is a good Peter Parker?spidey is beyond me. He is a wimpy, deflated, mopey cry baby most of the time. That is not Peter Parker. Peter is a strong willed chap, even when shit is too heavy for him. He's not this meek little nerd Raimi and Maguire made him out to be. He has a witty, sly, smart-assed sense of humor. Even when he is being bullied, he talks back and defends himself. This is what the Raimi films totally missed out on. He focused solely on the hardships of
How anyone can think Maguire is a good Peter Parker?spidey is beyond me. He is a wimpy, deflated, mopey cry baby most of the time. That is not Peter Parker. Peter is a strong willed chap, even when shit is too heavy for him. He's not this meek little nerd Raimi and Maguire made him out to be. He has a witty, sly, smart-assed sense of humor. Even when he is being bullied, he talks back and defends himself. This is what the Raimi films totally missed out on. He focused solely on the hardships of Peter without giving Peter much of a personality. And really guys, Dunst and MJ are by far the worst love interests even portrayed in a superhero film. She is a cold, hollow, shell with no defining attributes what so ever. She is nothing more than a goal for Peter to reach each film. Emma Stone has a one film under her belt and she is already more fleshed out and likable than MJ.
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11:30AM on 09/11/2013

Agreed, but both have their fair share of faults

I know I'm gonna get thumbed down to hell for this but I was never a fan of Raimi's Spider-Man films at all and thought they had way too many cornball moments (all of the random shots of extras yelling lines in Spidey 2 and 3 killed me). I dug the art direction and the comic-friendly tone of his trilogy but MaGuire never resonated with me as someone I remotely cared for and the rest was just largely forgettable, especially Dunst as MJ. The cheese factor always just seemed way too high for me
I know I'm gonna get thumbed down to hell for this but I was never a fan of Raimi's Spider-Man films at all and thought they had way too many cornball moments (all of the random shots of extras yelling lines in Spidey 2 and 3 killed me). I dug the art direction and the comic-friendly tone of his trilogy but MaGuire never resonated with me as someone I remotely cared for and the rest was just largely forgettable, especially Dunst as MJ. The cheese factor always just seemed way too high for me and while I thought The Amazing Spider-Man was almost too serious at times I at least appreciated the fact that it felt like a real, personable hero.
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11:22AM on 09/11/2013

Flawed Reboot

Amazing Spider-man is just as flawed as Raimi's fun original. They couldn't even get the spider bite location right or the "great power" line said in Webb's version. I mean how hard would that have been really?
Amazing Spider-man is just as flawed as Raimi's fun original. They couldn't even get the spider bite location right or the "great power" line said in Webb's version. I mean how hard would that have been really?
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11:17AM on 09/11/2013

This movie is ok...

... but Sam Raimi's Spider-man had something this one misses entirely : magic.
After the Amazing Spider-man, I felt empty and depressed. Sam Raimi's Spider-man is so full of life and fun and mmh mmh mmh makes me happy.
... but Sam Raimi's Spider-man had something this one misses entirely : magic.
After the Amazing Spider-man, I felt empty and depressed. Sam Raimi's Spider-man is so full of life and fun and mmh mmh mmh makes me happy.
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11:13AM on 09/11/2013

Gotta agree

Raimi is often given too much credit because of Spider-Man 2 being one of the greatest superhero movies. If you compare that to the rest of his trilogy then he's pretty much 1 for 3 because the first was forgettable and the third was horrendous. Marc Webb gets a lot of bad rep because he decided to retell the origin story. But if those who complained realized it was necessary for him to do so to establish his own definitive style. I look forward to the rest of Webb's vision.
Raimi is often given too much credit because of Spider-Man 2 being one of the greatest superhero movies. If you compare that to the rest of his trilogy then he's pretty much 1 for 3 because the first was forgettable and the third was horrendous. Marc Webb gets a lot of bad rep because he decided to retell the origin story. But if those who complained realized it was necessary for him to do so to establish his own definitive style. I look forward to the rest of Webb's vision.
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10:29AM on 09/11/2013
I only like the last 40 minutes of the movie. It's Spider-Man for the new generation alright but I feel Tobey Maguire is a more convincing Spider-Man.
I only like the last 40 minutes of the movie. It's Spider-Man for the new generation alright but I feel Tobey Maguire is a more convincing Spider-Man.
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10:18AM on 09/11/2013

I agree with why he revealed himself

Thought I was the only one who understood why he revealed himself. I do prefer this over Sam Raimi's. I don't think those movies have aged well. And I know I will be downvoted for this but I couldn't get into 2. I didn't hate it, I enjoyed it, but I didn't see what the deal deal was. And don't get me started on 3....But the casting in Amazing was great and Garfield really nails the part of Peter than does Tobey though it might not have been Tobey's fault for his lack of sarcasm as the scripts
Thought I was the only one who understood why he revealed himself. I do prefer this over Sam Raimi's. I don't think those movies have aged well. And I know I will be downvoted for this but I couldn't get into 2. I didn't hate it, I enjoyed it, but I didn't see what the deal deal was. And don't get me started on 3....But the casting in Amazing was great and Garfield really nails the part of Peter than does Tobey though it might not have been Tobey's fault for his lack of sarcasm as the scripts didn't really have much of it in the first place. But I thoroughly enjoyed the Amazing Spider Man a lot better. Also glad how the origin story was not that long and I liked how they encorporated different aspects into it. Having Flash in there was great and I hope he is in the second one. On a sidenote, I had no idea Flash in the original one is like in his close to 40s and is in True Blood?
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10:17AM on 09/11/2013
Im a fan of the Raimi films, granted it all went to pot at 3. And I was another person who was sceptical about the reboot. But I really enjoyed this movie and I definitely prefer Garfield as Parker. I think Marc Webb did a solid job on the amazing Spiderman, lets just hope the second one is just as good.
Im a fan of the Raimi films, granted it all went to pot at 3. And I was another person who was sceptical about the reboot. But I really enjoyed this movie and I definitely prefer Garfield as Parker. I think Marc Webb did a solid job on the amazing Spiderman, lets just hope the second one is just as good.
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10:05AM on 09/11/2013

Web Shooters!

Oh yeah, lets not forget the web shooters. That alone made this movie ten times better.
Oh yeah, lets not forget the web shooters. That alone made this movie ten times better.
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9:57AM on 09/11/2013
One thing I'll say about the Sam Raimi films is that he had the right imagination and paved the way for more colourful superhero films without making it ridiculous or campy. It wasn't perfect but before Spider-man was released back in 2002, all we had was the cartoons and some video games. Nobody could imagine the final product until they watched it.
One thing I'll say about the Sam Raimi films is that he had the right imagination and paved the way for more colourful superhero films without making it ridiculous or campy. It wasn't perfect but before Spider-man was released back in 2002, all we had was the cartoons and some video games. Nobody could imagine the final product until they watched it.
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9:42AM on 09/11/2013

Is This Really The Unpopular Opinion?

While there is a small and vocal group of people that hate this movie (myself most definitely included in there), everyone that liked seemed to like it more than Raimi's and most of the critical reviews were positive.

So I question this being the unpopular opinion. Maybe there's some growing backlash or some such, but not that I have really heard about.
While there is a small and vocal group of people that hate this movie (myself most definitely included in there), everyone that liked seemed to like it more than Raimi's and most of the critical reviews were positive.

So I question this being the unpopular opinion. Maybe there's some growing backlash or some such, but not that I have really heard about.
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9:36AM on 09/11/2013

Garfield sequels will be better than Maguire sequels

I thought it was just okay in theaters but seeing it more recently, I have more of an appreciation for it. I think a big factor of that was it's release coming off the heals of the Avengers. You expect a Spider-man movie to be a lot of fun and compared to the Avengers it just wasn't. As you watch it, you see that it wasn't supposed to be fun but the Dark Knight flavoring thrown on Spider-Man just didn't quite taste right. I also disagree with this reviewer on the portrayal of Aunt May and Uncle
I thought it was just okay in theaters but seeing it more recently, I have more of an appreciation for it. I think a big factor of that was it's release coming off the heals of the Avengers. You expect a Spider-man movie to be a lot of fun and compared to the Avengers it just wasn't. As you watch it, you see that it wasn't supposed to be fun but the Dark Knight flavoring thrown on Spider-Man just didn't quite taste right. I also disagree with this reviewer on the portrayal of Aunt May and Uncle Ben. I think that's one thing the Raimi versions did WAY better! I was actually very disturbed that Peter didn't appropriately reconcile with Aunt May at the end of the movie for how he treated her. I was also surprised that Gwen Stacy didn't say anything during the movie like, "Have you not spent any time with your aunt? You know, her husband just died. What's wrong with you?" Its a tough call for me to say which movie is better. I can remember plenty of things in both movies that made me reel back in theaters. I think there were fewer things in Amazing Spider-Man but they were much more important things than a stupid costume or a corny line like in Raimi's movie. However, I think Amazing Spider-man needs to be taken for what it is; something that had to be gotten out of the way so that we can get to the cool stuff we really want. And I'd much rather go there with Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb than with Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi.
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9:32AM on 09/11/2013
Sorry, cant agree. While the cast is good, the villain is pretty lame and the pacing is off. Everything moves in such a quick pace that theres no room for character development, even the romance between Parker and Gwen seem forced and doesnt build up in an organic way. Dennis Leary is horrible misused, having just a couple of scenes before his character meets his demise (Couldnt the writers save that crucial storyline for a later point?). And quite honestly nothing in the glossy "Amazing
Sorry, cant agree. While the cast is good, the villain is pretty lame and the pacing is off. Everything moves in such a quick pace that theres no room for character development, even the romance between Parker and Gwen seem forced and doesnt build up in an organic way. Dennis Leary is horrible misused, having just a couple of scenes before his character meets his demise (Couldnt the writers save that crucial storyline for a later point?). And quite honestly nothing in the glossy "Amazing Spider-Man" comes close to the frentic and fun style of Raimi (just thing about the awesome hospital scene of Spider-Man 2)!
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9:22AM on 09/11/2013

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Spiderman 1 and 2 are the best Spiderman movies for me. Spiderman 3 was just crap, and The Amazing Spiderman was just trying to be something it wasn't.
Spiderman 1 and 2 are the best Spiderman movies for me. Spiderman 3 was just crap, and The Amazing Spiderman was just trying to be something it wasn't.
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9:16AM on 09/11/2013

my biggest complaint

It would have made more sense if Peter, who walked into a web of thousands of spiders, got bit by several spiders and somehow was able to survive. Especially since anyone with a visitor's badge can just walk in and check out their top secret projects.
It would have made more sense if Peter, who walked into a web of thousands of spiders, got bit by several spiders and somehow was able to survive. Especially since anyone with a visitor's badge can just walk in and check out their top secret projects.
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9:07AM on 09/11/2013
i have been a Spiderman fan for over 30 yrs and for some reason that i can pinpoint, i wasnt all that thrilled with The Amazing Spiderman. It wasnt the cast, though im 50/50 on garfield. It could have been the way the Lizard looked, thought he was alittle to big and muscular, i think they should have made him a bit more slimmer, and with a snout so he didnt look like a goomba. I really wasnt a fan of the whole conspiracy around his parents, the origin story or his costume. I didnt hate this
i have been a Spiderman fan for over 30 yrs and for some reason that i can pinpoint, i wasnt all that thrilled with The Amazing Spiderman. It wasnt the cast, though im 50/50 on garfield. It could have been the way the Lizard looked, thought he was alittle to big and muscular, i think they should have made him a bit more slimmer, and with a snout so he didnt look like a goomba. I really wasnt a fan of the whole conspiracy around his parents, the origin story or his costume. I didnt hate this movie at all, just didnt enjoy it like i wish I could of.
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9:06AM on 09/11/2013
I'll always think that SM2 was the best SM movie so far (ASM2 still has a shot) but in all honesty SM1 and SM3 don't hold up. I will agree that Toby and Kirsten have -100 chemistry on screen, but what SM2 has that SM1 and SM3 doesn't is the true struggle between Peter and Spider-man, what he does and what he knows he has to do no matter how negative the outcome to his own life. To me SM2 got all those notes right. The biggest downside to the original trilogy is that it's ALWAYS MJ in danger. It
I'll always think that SM2 was the best SM movie so far (ASM2 still has a shot) but in all honesty SM1 and SM3 don't hold up. I will agree that Toby and Kirsten have -100 chemistry on screen, but what SM2 has that SM1 and SM3 doesn't is the true struggle between Peter and Spider-man, what he does and what he knows he has to do no matter how negative the outcome to his own life. To me SM2 got all those notes right. The biggest downside to the original trilogy is that it's ALWAYS MJ in danger. It worked for the first movie, didn't really need to happen for the 2nd but forgivable, but SM3 was just WRONG. I liked that Gwen wasn't the Damsel in Distress, she helped. ASM was a decent movie and opens the door to an even better sequel. Until I see ASM2, which I plan to opening weekend, SM2 is still my favorite for it's overall story. The chemistry between actors was always an issue. But Toby and Alfred were both great as SM and Doc Oc.
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8:58AM on 09/11/2013
I really wanted to like this flick. I thought the cast was great (Dunst was the worst!) and I've always loved Spider-Man, but the flaws just outweighed things. The worst flaw that I didn't see coming was that the movie was boring. There wasn't that thrill that was in the Raimi Spider-Man and I don't know why. Also, without getting into the fact that Parker took his mask off every five minutes, how did no one at his school figure out he was Spider-Man? A half court slam dunk AND he smashes the
I really wanted to like this flick. I thought the cast was great (Dunst was the worst!) and I've always loved Spider-Man, but the flaws just outweighed things. The worst flaw that I didn't see coming was that the movie was boring. There wasn't that thrill that was in the Raimi Spider-Man and I don't know why. Also, without getting into the fact that Parker took his mask off every five minutes, how did no one at his school figure out he was Spider-Man? A half court slam dunk AND he smashes the backboard? He casually tosses a football from the bleachers and it dents the field goal? COME ON!!! No one noticed that?!
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8:54AM on 09/11/2013

Not only is TAS not the best, it isn't even as entertaining as SM3...

Ugh, TAS had some good moments, I will give it that, but so did SM3. I really like Andrew and Emma and will go as far as saying they have better chemistry on screen than Toby and Kirsten. But the overall plot, mood and trying to be dark really killed it. Peter was too much of an emo hipster douche and not smart enough. I didn't care for the outfit either but the new one looks good so I wont count it against them. TAS wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the best, by far. SM2, SM1, TAS, SM3.
Ugh, TAS had some good moments, I will give it that, but so did SM3. I really like Andrew and Emma and will go as far as saying they have better chemistry on screen than Toby and Kirsten. But the overall plot, mood and trying to be dark really killed it. Peter was too much of an emo hipster douche and not smart enough. I didn't care for the outfit either but the new one looks good so I wont count it against them. TAS wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the best, by far. SM2, SM1, TAS, SM3.
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8:54AM on 09/11/2013
It's unpopular to say this movie was good? Weird, most of the reviews were positive at the time, weren't they?
It's unpopular to say this movie was good? Weird, most of the reviews were positive at the time, weren't they?
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8:49AM on 09/11/2013
And I found Maguire to be a much more better and likeable Peter Parker and Spider-Man than Garfield. At least Maguire looked like a man in the films and not some little emo skater kid.
And I found Maguire to be a much more better and likeable Peter Parker and Spider-Man than Garfield. At least Maguire looked like a man in the films and not some little emo skater kid.
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11:28AM on 09/11/2013
I love how wearing a hoodie makes someone emo now.
I love how wearing a hoodie makes someone emo now.
8:47AM on 09/11/2013
Spider Man 2 will always be the greatest Spider Man film of all time. I mean it's conisdered one of the top five best superhero films of all time and was until all the Dark Knight films started coming out.

And also, the fight scene with Spider Man and Doc Ock on the train is one of the greatest action scenes in any film of all time. There's no way I could see Webb doing that in any of his films and pulling it off as successfully as Raimi did.
Spider Man 2 will always be the greatest Spider Man film of all time. I mean it's conisdered one of the top five best superhero films of all time and was until all the Dark Knight films started coming out.

And also, the fight scene with Spider Man and Doc Ock on the train is one of the greatest action scenes in any film of all time. There's no way I could see Webb doing that in any of his films and pulling it off as successfully as Raimi did.
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8:42AM on 09/11/2013
This is one of the first articles I've ever agreed with you on. This is the best Spider-Man film by far. It's got better acting, better chemistry, better dialogue and it's all around just better. Here is an unpopular opinion: I think Spider-Man 2 is one of the most overrated blockbusters of all time. Macguire, Dunst, and Franco are all terrible in it. Their relatively good performances in the first film disappear. The dialogue and love story are both drab, horribly corny and awkward. Dunst as
This is one of the first articles I've ever agreed with you on. This is the best Spider-Man film by far. It's got better acting, better chemistry, better dialogue and it's all around just better. Here is an unpopular opinion: I think Spider-Man 2 is one of the most overrated blockbusters of all time. Macguire, Dunst, and Franco are all terrible in it. Their relatively good performances in the first film disappear. The dialogue and love story are both drab, horribly corny and awkward. Dunst as MJ is about as likable and compelling as a thumb tack and the pacing structure is a mess. It's not much better than Spider-Man 3 imo. Raimi's first film is still the best of the first three.
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8:37AM on 09/11/2013
I was surprised to like this so much. When the first photograph of Andrew Garfield in costume as Spider-Man was released, I was really critical of it; it looked like it was trying too hard to be different from the Raimi films and of course, who needs a reboot so soon, right? It also seemed like it would be skewed at the teenage demographic and not be enough of a superhero film. However, I thought it came together pretty well. The untold story? No, of course not. But a well-told story? Yeah,
I was surprised to like this so much. When the first photograph of Andrew Garfield in costume as Spider-Man was released, I was really critical of it; it looked like it was trying too hard to be different from the Raimi films and of course, who needs a reboot so soon, right? It also seemed like it would be skewed at the teenage demographic and not be enough of a superhero film. However, I thought it came together pretty well. The untold story? No, of course not. But a well-told story? Yeah, pretty much. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone had incredible chemistry, I think it's been said you can see them falling in love on screen, which is cute. Rhys Ifans marshalled a tragic villain really well (even if the change from rational teacher scientist guy to cackling maniac was almost instant) and I think Sally Field and Martin Sheen were really good as Aunt May and Uncle Ben.
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