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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

omg: Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man

Mere days ago, I said that it was “about time Andrew Garfield broke out.” And it appears he’s on his way: a press release from Sony today announced that he has been cast as Peter Parker in the reboot of Spider-man.

The press release doesn’t really have anything more to add except heaps of praise for Garfield from Sony types. Like from director Marc Webb:

He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.

And this, which is bizarrely credited to both Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. Funny how they said exactly the same thing:

Spider-Man is a classic superhero—a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield.

And from producer Avi Arad:

In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future.

That may all sound like hyperbole, but from what I’ve seen of Garfield — in the two-parter Doctor Who “Daleks in Manhattan” and “Evolution of the Daleks”; in the astonishing Boy A, which he carries completely; in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the Red Riding Trilogy and Lions for Lambs — he can do it. He’s perfect for Peter Parker.

Oh, and Marc Webb? He gave us 500 Days of Summer, which is almost a Spider-man movie already, without the crimefighting.

This is gonna be good.



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  • doa766

    it’s way too soon after the other movies for this

    Batman Begins was released 8 years after Batman and Robin and it had almost no hype and it would’ve gone pretty much unnoticed if it had not been so good

    90% of the people who saw the other movies still don’t know that the actors and director are not coming back and that the series is starting over

    I can tell you right now that all the teasers and trailers will try to make it look as if nothing had change

  • Shadowen

    @doa766: Almost no hype? Ha. The only way that statement is true is in a relativistic reality where we are comparing Batman Begins against The Dark Knight or Iron Man 2 or TF2: Revenge fo the Fallen (I include that not as an indicator of quality, but as part of a theme), which you’ll notice were all sequels. Compared to other first installments in movie franchises, Batman had a fairly healthy investment of marketing.

    But I do agree with your larger point. I’d say that five years would be the minimum before a reboot of a film franchise, if one really thinks it is necessary. (And like it or not, to fit it into the greater Marvel film universe, it will be.)

  • MaryAnn

    I think it’s too soon for a reboot, too, but if they must, this could be as good as it can get.

  • Martin

    First Carey Mulligan now Andrew Garfield.

    Is there anything Dr Who can’t do?

    Aside from an American reboot?

  • Seems a strange choice to play Peter Parker when the whole point of this Spider-Man reboot was supposedly to go back to Parker’s teenage years yet they cast someone who is 27. That’s not to knock Andrew Garfield who’s a talented actor but it just seems wrong to me.

  • Ide Cyan

    Nothing against Andrew Garfield, but it would’ve been cool if it had been Donald Glover.

  • Something I really missed from the movies was the wisecracking Spidey. The only moment that ever came close was in the first film when JJJ gets webbed in the mouth, while Spiderman and Green Goblin are in a confrontation (“Hey kiddo, let Mom and Dad talk for a minute, willya?”). Never thought Tobey captured the rogue wallcrawler who was quick with a witty aside. Everything else he pretty much nailed.

    Hope they take a different approach that allows for a little more humor from the comics to find its way in.

  • Joanne

    Great casting, but I also agree it’s way too soon for a reboot. And they’ve got a job to do to match the first Tobey Maguire film, which was excellent.

  • Kate

    Another Spiderman movie(s)?

    When is Hollywood’s childish fetish with comic books going to end? Enough already.

  • I’m pretty sure they’re keen on the reboot so soon because they don’t want the rights to revert back to Marvel.

    In my opinion, this also explains why they would want to make A Ghost Rider sequel…

  • markyd

    In my opinion, Spiderman ended(poorly) with the last one. We don’t need any more Spidey movies. Especially if they are going to retread some of the same material as the last three. This is a HUGE wait and see.
    I’ve even heard of this guy, which is probably for the better.

  • Bassygalore

    Ummm…yeah. Way too soon for a reboot.

  • markyd

    (blockquote>I’ve even heard of this guy
    God, I hate typos. Or in this case, missing words. I’ve NEVER even heard of this guy. Man, we need an edit button around here.

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