It seems like only yesterday that Tobey Maguire donned a latex mask and jumpsuit to re-create the comic book icon, Spider-Man, but now it’s British Andrew Garfield’s turn to have a go.
The modern day Spider-Man trilogy wrapped up in 2007 after grossing nearly $30 million in it’s opening day and making stars of Maguire and on-screen love, Kirsten Dunst, who played Mary Jane Watson.
Now, it’s having a re-boot. The Amazing Spider-Man tells the story, once again, of how Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) transformed from super-geek, to super-hero. This time, his girl crush is Gwen Stacy, played by Hollywood’s latest darling, Emma Stone - Andrew’s real-life girlfriend, of course. As comic-legend has it, Gwen was the original love interest of Peter Parker.
Whilst the chemistry between Andrew and Emma is positively electric (no wonder they fell for each other on set), we were slightly disappointed that she didn’t have a bigger part. Other than fulfilling the ‘love interest’ quota and being daughter to the Chief of Police who is on the hunt for Spider-Man himself (well, love is never straightforward), she doesn’t do a whole lot. Which is a shame.
Also, Spider-Man’s nemesis is rather questionable… A giant lizard. Really?
However, the bashful geekiness and charisma of Andrew certifies him as the film’s shining star, a chap so desperate for the role he emailed photos of himself as a six-year old, dressed up as the hero, to director Marc Webb. ‘I think he was reassured that I was a fan,’ says Andrew. ‘He knew I’d work as hard as I possibly could.’
Best scene is when he throws a robber against the wall stuck by his web and challenges him to break free. It’s super-funny. But we’ll let you be the judge of that…
In cinemas now.