So I finally saw the new reboot of Spiderman. Let me preface this with I love superhero movies. From The Avengers to the X-men, to even Transformers. There's something about these larger than life characters that I just cannot get enough of. Plus I love action movies. I also haven't read the comics.
Andrew Garfield worried me in the first scene with his Peter Parker voice, because he sounded like a Brit trying to speak in an American accent. Which he is. But after that, I was impressed with his accent. I know if I ever tried to act in a British accent, I would be fumbling over every single word. (Or if I tried to act in general, but I've never tried and probs never will. ahem. tangent.) I also like him better than Tobey Maguire, but I don't know if he made a better Spiderman. For me, Tobey was a super nerd, so he had a greater transformation into Spiderman. Andrew was never weak like Tobey was, though Andrew did get beat-up in the first scene protecting someone from being bullied (save the cat scene!), but he didn't seem as weak to me as Peter Parker should be.
I also had some problems with Gwen Stacey. I know from my comic-expert (aka The Boy) she's supposed to be very confident and sure-of-herself. They set her up to be this way when she confronts the bully after Peter and the other guy get beat, but then at times she seems fumbling. She gets timid around Peter after they've already had some conversations. It didn't make sense to me and seemed out of character. All of Peter and Gwen's interactions were mega awkward and uncomfortable. But I do love Emma Stone. (And The Boy said he liked this Gwen better than the comic-book Gwen).
I did like the back story of Peter's father being a scientist, but that could just be the science nerd in me. But I thought it added to the story, since it made Peter want to find out what had happened to him and made him keep going back to Oscorp. I liked the villain of this story, though I don't know if anyone can be better than Alferd Molina as Doc Ock. Also Stan Lee's cameo was awesome.
Overall, I liked it but it wasn't great. Andrew Garfield is charming, maybe too much for Peter. I'll be interested to see how everything plays out in the sequel, though I might have to find someone else to go with because I might not be able to convince The Boy to go...