|Andrew Garfield & Mr. Will-W.|
How could I forget about this Photo from TIFF 2010 with Andrew Garfield? Although you couldn't tell he was particularly friendly, I swear he was the nicest. In fact, he even took two Photos with me, but simply misjudged when to look away from the Camera.
Already pulling-in a whopping $50.2 million Overseas in Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India and The Philippines, Sony Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man is set to open wide tomorrow in North America and many are expecting Records to be broken. Already in South Korea, Spider-Man has bested the performance of Marvel's The Avengers in its debut there, earning $13.4 million there alone. Public Screenings were made available this evening in Toronto as early as 8:00 PM and soon we'll know the numbers as Fans line their local Cinemas for Midnight Shows.
But are Critics loving it? Although on the positive side (77% on Rotten Tomatoes), Reviews haven't been overly outstanding. Toronto Star's Peter Howell feels, "The Amazing Spider-Man is at least better than Raimi's Spider-Man 3, which was a mess". Rolling Stone's Peter Travers says, "I don't really see why the Spidey reboot was needed right now, but The Amazing Spider-Man has its virtues. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are stellar and director Marc Webb has crafted a Spider-Man that touches the heart.". Time Magazine's Mary F. Pols praises, "None of this is new to us, but Garfield and Webb make it feel convincingly fresh and exciting.". The Chicago-Sun Times' Roger Ebert states, "If we didn't really need to be told Spidey's origin story again, at least it's done with more detail and provides better reasons for why Peter Parker throws himself into his superhero role.". In a nutshell, The Amazing Spider-Man tugs more at Heartstrings than rely on technical Trickery.
On a side note, Onlookers at the Thompson Hotel's Rooftop Lounge in Toronto apparently spotted Star and real-life Girlfriend of Spider-Man (Garfield) himself, Emma Stone, earlier this evening. No word though on whether she's here for Work or Leisure, although it doesn't appear it's so much the former with no scheduled appearances in the City tomorrow.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)