When this film came out on cinemas in 2012 I missed it, dismissing it as yet another entry into a waning franchise used as a mile to make more money. When I decided to give it a go in 2013 boy did I eat my words. Despite some unecassary mystery elements the film is bloddy brilliant. Andrew Garfield is low-key my favourite Spiderman, and although his second film isn't worth the paper the script was printed on, his first outing was amazing. Good CGI and effects all round, plus an interesting story and a good villain, even if his motives arent very inspired. Especially for younger viewers who can overlook any plot holes, this film is a great watch for anyone. Watch it
Upon first release I really enjoyed the movie, looking back I don't really like it as much. First of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone deliver the best performances in the film, Garfield has a love for the character and he and Stone's chemistry is wonderful. The action is also very well done, with cool swinging and fighting visual effects. Martin Sheen and Sally Field also make turn in great performances as Aunt May and Uncle Ben, so what's bad about it. Well the film has a strange Dark tone, of all comic-book superheroes Spider-Man is definitely not a hero who needs a dark tone movie, I know some comics have these great dark storylines, but it just doesn't feel right to me. The story is also just a retelling of the same one we got back in 2002, which isn't terrible it just doesn't add much new. Batman Begins and even Man Of Steel added much new elements and they were also reboots, so it makes me wonder why re-tell it. The Lizard is also one of my favorite Spider-Man villains, I've wanted to see him in a film for a long time, and while Rhys Ifans performance isn't bad, it's just very forgettable and quite bland, the lizard effects also look very computerized and it takes me out of the film sometimes, and finally the fight scenes, while actually really good, are in the worst settings. Sure the bridge scene is awesome, but the night-sewer fight and the big climactic battle, just don't feel as good as they could've been, and like I've said before setting all of the fights at night look very off putting. I don't mind some night fights, but there are literally no action scenes with Spider-Man during the day. All in all the film is fine, and if you like it that's okay, but for me personally, I prefer The Rami Trilogy and The MCU.