Teething is getting the best of us over here. Poor little dude is just not comfortable. We have tried different remedies and chew toys but he can't find anything that helps. Because of his discomfort, nap times have been incredibly unpredictable and thus, fewer posts get written. Here is one, better late than never!
This week, Chad and I watched The Amazing Spider-Man, which is the newest of the Spider-Man movies. I know, I am about 6 months late on this but I am a stay at home Mom, cut me some slack. Let me give you a little back story of how I feel about this particular super-hero. I do not like Super-Man. When I was in High School, I dated a fellow who really loved this particular character and it was during this time that the awful Toby Maguire/Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man movies were made. Boo. I hated all the movies that I was obligated to watch.
So, when I saw this new movie come out, I was automatically skeptical but many people told me that it was actually quite good. Chad had enjoyed it when he saw it with a friend and I trust his judgement. So, I gave it a go. Remember that my reviews are entirely my opinion and are by no means perfect. I usually just list things and talk about characters, I am not a Spider-man expert. Lets do this.
Andrew Garfield: Significantly better than Toby Maguire. Poor Toby, he just stunk. Andrew Garfield actually did a fantastic job. His mannerisms were dead on for a teenage boy. He was quirky, nerdy, likable and you wanted him to be successful. He and Emma stone MADE the movie, if it weren't for them, it would have flopped because the story wasn't necessarily strong or unique. I preferred him when he was playing Peter Parker but wasn't terribly fond of when he was playing Spider-Man (I don't, however, think that is Andrew's fault, thats just what Spider-Man is suppose to be like, snarky, juvenile...annoying).
Emma Stone: I have been critical of Emma Stone since I first saw her. I don't remember what I saw her in but I wasn't thrilled with her. Afterward, I did notice her spectacular fashion sense (as discussed here). She did an awesome job. I would openly say that I like her as an actor. Her portrayal of Gwen Stacy was really splendid, being intelligent, genuine, and charming. I really liked both the character and Emma's portrayal of her. Again, Stone's and Garfield's work was what kept this movie afloat. Their interactions were so sincere and realistic, they worked with each other so well.
Staying True: Though I myself have not read the comics, I have it on good authority that the movie did follow the original comic quite closely, which I also appreciate. You could tell that it was more fluid and made more sense because of it.
CGI and Cheesiness: Unfortunately, the CGI was kind of abused in this movie. There were quite a few "pfft" moments where you saw spiders or a lizard/mouse mutant that looked ridiculous. There was also a fair amount of cheesiness that was eye roll-able but that is partially due to the fact that its a super-hero movie (which I can understand). And Spider-Man had his moments where I was reminded how much I dislike his character. Snarky, juvenile, and full of agonizing puns.
Overall: Though some of this is harsh, I actually enjoyed it overall. The movie was leaps and bounds better than the Toby Maguire films, an absolute improvement. I would see the sequels purely for Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, I liked them that much. I also feel like this movie was targeted for a younger audience which should be taken into consideration when critiquing it. If you enjoy the super-hero themes, I would suggest this one. It's fun and has some great moments.