Who Played It Best?
Our second rematch is now underway. When I first started this column, one of the first polls I created was for Spiderman. I pitted Toby Mcguire; who played the character in Sam Raimi's original Spiderman trilogy, against Andrew Garfield; who played the character in the "Amazing Spiderman" films. After a close vote, the winner was Garfield. Andrew Garfield had a huge deal with Sony. We were supposed to get an "Amazing Spiderman 3" and an "Amazing Spiderman 4." We were also going to get a movie based on the female characters in Spiderman's life as well as a movie based on "The Sinister Six," a group of Spiderman's worst six villains who teamed up to try and kill him. This never panned out because the "Amazing Spiderman" movies never reached what Sony wanted them to. A few years ago, with that huge Sony hack, we learned that Sony was secretly meeting with Disney/Marvel about using Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This led Tom Holland taking over the part in 2016 in "Captain America: Civil War," which just hit DVD and Blu-ray last Tuesday. Now that we know Andrew Garfield is a fan favorite around here, and Tom Holland played the part now too, who played it best?
My Two Cents
When I wrote my review of "Captain America: Civil War," I dropped the "P" word when describing Tom Holland's work as Spiderman. I called Holland's performance Perfect. After seeing the movie again at home on Blu-ray, my thoughts on Holland's work haven't wavered one bit. In fact, they have only grown stronger. I am now completely rabid for "Spiderman: Homecoming" in a few years. Just as it felt like Robert Downey Jr felt like Tony Stark brought to life, it feels like Tom Holland is Peter Parker brought to life. He matches the role perfectly, capturing Peter's emotions and mannerisms to a tee. While Garfield did a pretty good job, he's nowhere near the level that Holland is on. For me, its not a question, Holland wins this.
Agree? Disagree? Sound off on the comment section below? You can also email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and send your votes that way. You will have until next Saturday to vote.
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