Let me just start by saying this: It is very rare when a Marvel movie manages to be loyal to the actual comic and translate it into an incredible, visually hypnotic, sassy, smart and at the same time emotional movie. It might have taken Marvel a few years and failed attempts to finally get it right and be fair to us Spider-Man fans, but this time, they stepped up their game and really delivered.
Most of us know the story. Young Peter Parker is left with his uncle and aunt. Raised by kindly Uncle Ben (played by Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field), Peter Parker discovers secret research in a briefcase belonging to his scientist father, who vanished years earlier. Some quick web searches lead the bullied teen to the laboratory of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). An expert in cross-species genetics, the one-armed Oscorp Industries scientist injects test subjects with reptile genes designed to regenerate amputated limbs.
But I guess what really brings new life and dignity to Peter Parker’s character is something that Tobey McGuire was never able to do. The charming, striking and talented Andrew Garfield was able to become “the perfect Spider-Man” not only because of his perfect anatomy “but also because of his gymnastic qualities developed as a child.
Garfield rejuvenates the Spider-Man persona by offering two qualities that rarely coexist in equal measure. First off, he can really act. Secondly, Garfield brings an unusually athletic aptitude to the role. Whether you are a Spider-Man fan or not, it is a show you do not want to miss. I actually wanted to hear some comments form the audience at the premiere, and this is what people have to say.
“Best Spider-Man movie yet, for sure,” said David, 25.
“They were really true to the comics,” said Diana, 19, who also referred to star Andrew Garfield as “the perfect Spider-Man.”
“I prefer Andrew Garfield over Tobey Maguire,” said Lora, 24. “I’ll say that for the record.”