Andrew Garfield reacts to the Amazing Spider-Man 2 criticisms

spider-man-2-garfield-stone-still

For me personally, the best part of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 film is Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Ultimately, the issue I had with the movie was that it felt very disjointed due to the juggling of different subplots and characters. In the end, the film left the audience split.

Garfield was asked what his thoughts were on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 criticisms during the Toronto Film Festival while promoting 99 Homes. He told The Daily Beast:

“It’s interesting. I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, “No, that doesn’t work,” then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.”

Many fans blamed Produce Avi Arad for interfering with Spider-Man 3, since he was the man responsible for having director Sam Raimi include Venom. Garfield doesn’t blame the studio, but he does say that they are the ones who has the final say.

“But I’ll tell you this, talking about the experience as opposed to how it was perceived, I got to work in deep scenes that you don’t usually see in comic book movies, and I got to explore this orphan boy—a lot of which was taken out, and which we’d explored more. It’s interesting to do a postmortem. I’m proud of a lot of it and had a good time, and was a bit taken aback by the response.”

Some people do not take criticism well, but Garfield actually appreciates the constructive ones.

“It’s a discernment thing. What are the people actually saying? What’s underneath the complaint, and how can we learn from that? We can’t go, “Oh God, we [frick]ed up because all these people are saying all these things. It’s shit.” We have to ask ourselves, “What do we believe to be true?” Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there’s a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn’t link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it? I think all that is valuable. Constructive criticism is different from people just being dicks, and I love constructive criticism. Hopefully, we can get underneath what the criticism was about, and if we missed anything.”

Garfield seems like an okay guy, so it’s disconcerting to know that we won’t see a Spider-Man film until after the Sinister Six film comes out.

Facebook Comments

About author

John 'Spartan' Nguyen
John 'Spartan' Nguyen 9646 posts

Assassin, scoundrel, head honcho.

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply