‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Is Funny and Whimsical Says Director Marc Webb

The filmmaker also talks about the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in this 3D superhero reboot.
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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Is Funny and Whimsical Says Director Marc Webb

The Amazing Spider-Man is funny and whimsical says director Marc WebbThe Amazing Spider-Man is certainly shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated movies this summer, with director Marc Webb taking us back to the webbed wonder's high school roots. The filmmaker recently spoke about the challenge of balancing humor, emotion, and the whimsical nature of this reboot.

"To create something that's funny and whimsical, but also has real emotional stakes. That's the real tricky part is to make it all feel grounded even though he is doing something, even though he's swinging through the streets and he can do things that no other human can do. But still give him a hard time when he's relating to his aunt or his girlfriend, and all those dumb little things that we all have to deal with when you don't have that mask on. I think reconciling those two universes was tricky, but I think that people really react to it."

He also talked about bringing together Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

"Yeah, we screen tested them together, and she's very funny and really quick and snappy. I remember the first time we screen tested them, I don't think they'd met before, really, and he took a minute for him to get back up to speed with her because she was so funny. And then they really brought out really great parts of the other's performance. Of course, it was there, and that's why we cast that dynamic. It was really great to watch it on screen."

The director also spoke about the importance of bringing the story back to high school.

"There's an adolescent quality to a lot of the "Spider-Man" [comics] that I liked, that is really important in terms of the DNA of the character. He's like an imperfect guy. You know what I'm mean? He is a kid, and he's always kind of making mistakes, and he is not so sure about himself all the time. I felt like the authentic place to start that was in high school. And I think there's something about the way you feel about the world at that age that makes things much more raw, and I thought that was really fun to explore more cinematically."

CLICK HERE to read the full interview with director Marc Webb.

The Amazing Spider-Man was released July 3rd, 2012.

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