Spider-Man in 3D (2012) - Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy

For many, Spider-Man 3 was a bit of a letdown and many critics predicted the end of the movie franchise. However, The Amazing Spider-Man in 3d truly delivers. This is particularly impressive considering that it had to compete with releases such as Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers, all aimed at the same market.

There is little not to like in The Amazing Spider-Man in 3d it is well made and thoroughly enjoyable. The plot is easy to follow, the characters are well developed, much more so than in Spider-Man 3, and the combination of teen drama and super hero antics is still a winning one. The casting is also spot on, with Andrew Garfield as a true embodiment of the nerdish Peter Parker from the comics. However, Emma Stone steals the show with her great performance as Gwen Stacy. She makes a strong couple with Andrew Garfield and the fact that Gwen Stacy is in love with Peter Parker is completely believable thanks to her performance.

In The Amazing Spider-Man in 3d, Emma Stone plays a Gwen Stacy that is quite different from Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane. She is funny, goofy, smart, and very attractive, every guy's dream girl. Her role is also expertly written, since movie makers will often make the mistake of either relegating the female lead in a super hero movie to the background or focusing so much on the part that it takes away from the action. In fact, everyone plays their parts well, from veterans Sally Field and Martin Sheen to the other newcomers in the cast (although Denis Leary's resemblance to Willem Dafoe, who played the Green Goblin in the first Spider-Man movie, is somewhat distracting.)

The Amazing Spider-Man in 3d is expertly filmed, with dramatic shots and a sleek aesthetic. As horrible super hero movies (e.g., Catwoman) have demonstrated, lighting, composition, and a bad use of CGI can completely wreck one of these movies. In the end, The Amazing Spider-Man in 3d is a great flick and quite above everyone's expectations. Unlike previous iterations of the Spider-Man franchise, after the dismal Spider-man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man in 3d is somewhat of an underdog. Perhaps we could have done without the ham-fisted sequel hints in the sequence contained in the end credits, but if the sequel is as well done as this one, then it will definitely be worth it.