Andrew Garfield turns 39 | Discover the BEST and WORST works of the Oscar-nominated actor
Andrew Garfield he was destined to be known forever as the Spider-Man who failed and couldn’t even finish his story on the big screen. The world really isn’t fair. Or maybe it wasn’t, and it’s going to be more and more. When he was revealed as the then new interpreter of the superhero in the early 2010s, the actor’s enthusiasm for inheriting the role was so contagious that it even made us forget a little about the fact of the unnecessary restart for the franchise just ten years after the original movie. Garfield he appeared dressed as the character at events and looked like he was actually having a boyish wish granted. Cut to the result of its two iterations in the character’s skin, let’s say warm at least. This had the studio pulling the plug before it had a chance to see all the ends left for an eventual third film tied up.
Garfield, of course, continued to do good work, and seemed eager to demonstrate that his talent went beyond “Spider-Man rejected”. He has worked with big names in the industry such as Martin Scorsese, and even earned an Oscar nomination. His new height of popularity is happening right now, and it started with a buzz that he would once again don the spider hero’s uniform. This rumor, as we know today, turned out to be true. Thus, Garfield finally earned his chance at redemption as the character. But not only that, it has been generating other rumors, those that he would receive another chance to star in a solo film as the hero, one that would continue and probably end his trajectory in its own way.
if that wasn’t enough, Garfield continued to ride his new wave of popularity with a second Oscar nomination (for the musical Tick Tick… Boom), garnered praise for its performance in Tammy Faye’s Eyes (who finally gave an Oscar to Jessica Chastain), and just released a buzzing thriller miniseries with the Disney/Hulu/Star+ imprint (In Heaven’s Name). Today, Andrew Garfield turns 39 and what we feel is that his career is just beginning. To honor this talented and renewed actor, we have selected through an intense research together with critics and the general public, his best and worst works. Check it out below.
Hardly an actor’s first film ends up among his top 5 best works. That’s because at the beginning of their careers, most end up accepting smaller roles in not very popular productions in order to make the “ball spin” for them. was not the case with Andrew Garfield, who has already debuted on the right foot in this British drama. The actor had already participated in series and short films, but in his first work in a feature film, he was soon the protagonist. Garfield is American but his mother is British and at age three he moved with his family to England where he was raised. In this film, based on a book and directed by the same filmmaker as the Oscar nominee Brooklyn (2015), the actor plays a young man released from prison after serving time for a crime committed in childhood.
Another one that appears in the top 5 of the best films of Andrew Garfield is this drama about the American real estate market. At this time, the actor had already assumed the mantle of Spider-Man and released his second film in the skin of the hero in the same year. 99 Houses it is one of those hidden gems that are born at film festivals (in this case Venice and Toronto) and that need to be discovered by everyone. In one of his best and most underrated performances, Garfield plays a young man struggling to keep his home, which is about to be taken from him and his family. The solution found is to go to work precisely for the guy in charge of evicting people who can’t pay their mortgages, the role of the great Michael Shannon. Completing the list, Laura Dern lives Garfield’s mother.
Two years after her lauded performance in the drama 99 Houses and also to retire the costume as Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield won the coveted Oscar nomination for best actor in this war drama about a true story. The film marked not only Garfield’s comeback, but in a way also the disgraced actor. Mel Gibson, who once again proved himself to be a full-fledged director, in this uplifting story about a soldier fighting in World War II who, due to his religious ideology, refused to take up a weapon. Their missions during the conflict basically involved rescuing other soldiers.
That was definitely the role that got Spider-Man’s costume for Andrew Garfield, regardless of the outcome of your charge into the hero’s skin. It turns out that if boy A served for the industry and some moviegoers to know the actor, that was still a very small independent drama and little known. With The social network the thing changed shape. It is a very popular drama directed by a giant of the area, David Fincher – who have films such as seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This film definitely emerged as a watershed in the career of the actor, who shone in the role of Brazilian Eduardo Saverin and, according to many, was wronged for not getting an Oscar nomination – unlike the film.
At this point it’s no secret to anyone, let alone a spoiler to say yes, Andrew Garfield is in the last movie of Spider man, this time in the MCU. The film was the great success of the post-covid resumption of cinemas, and it has even dropped on HBO Max to be watched on streaming by that minimal percentage that had not yet seen the film, or that large part that will see for the tenth time. It’s ironic to think that the best Spider-Man movie with Andrew Garfield wasn’t a movie that the actor starred in as the hero, but came out as a supporting role in Tom Holland, who now plays the main character in the official Marvel timeline. Be that as it may, Garfield had his chance at redemption in this film that is not least a huge favorite of his career by critics and audiences alike.
05 | The Imaginary World of Dr. Parnassus (2009)
If everyone commented at the time of the release of Batman the dark knight (2008) on how the late Heath Ledger had died at the age of 28 without being able to see his posthumous Oscar-winning performance completed, that fifth item from the worst movies ever made. Andrew Garfield has a strong connection with all of this. First we should mention that some of the movies on Garfield’s worst list aren’t really bad, they’re just “less better” than the rest. And this is definitely one of them. Be that as it may, this is the film that Heath Ledger would release after his foray as the villain Joker in the aforementioned Batman movie. In fact, Ledger was already filming Dr. parnassus when he died, and was unable to finish the film. Thus, three actors had to replace him in the same role: Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. It sounds strange, but it’s not so much, because the film bets on fantasy and surrealism. And Garfield, you ask? He was there, helping with one of his first works in cinema.
Straight out of the prestigious Cannes festival, everyone was eyeing this dramatic thriller, extremely ambitious and with equally strong doses of surrealism. It turns out that this was the new work, at the time, of David Robert Mitchella young filmmaker who had surprised the world and especially the community of horror lovers with his masterpiece It Follows (current of evil). Precisely for this reason, everyone was waiting for the director’s next step – who ended up opting not for another horror, but for a super stylish thriller, but whose content is perhaps too out of the box to please one hundred percent. One thing we can say, the performance of Garfield it’s great as a young idler looking to solve a big mystery, which starts with the disappearance of a neighbor.
If it were only up to this friend who speaks to you, and writes this article, this film would probably occupy a “higher” space in the list of the worst in the top 5 of the bottom. As who knows, change places with the second place. Be that as it may, this only demonstrates that the opinions of critics and the general public are respected here, even if we do not agree with them. The truth is that movies from Garfield like Spider-Man are re-emerging as cult items, being revised especially by the generation that grew up with them, who swear together they’re not that bad. Well, what I can say is that it still takes a while for me to agree with them, since while the first movie is generic and boring, this one is just bad enough to hurt.
Here we have another item that causes disagreement between my personal opinion and that of the critics in general and the general public. lions and lambs is driven by the holy monster Robert Redford, who also stars in this drama. And while it’s not a much talked about movie these days, and it hasn’t quite proved its worth in the test of time, ending up largely forgotten, I remember watching it at the time of its release and finding it interesting. Of course, since then a lot has changed, and even I have changed a lot. Anyway, if my memory isn’t deceiving me, this one didn’t even come close to deserved to be the second worst movie of his career. Garfield. In any case, the actor here plays a small role, as an ideological student discussing politics with his professor Robert Redford. The film also has Tom Cruise in the role of an American senator and Meryl Streep like a reporter interviewing him.
Screened at the Venice festival in 2020, this film remained unreleased in Brazil throughout this time, due to its negative reviews, and arrived in the country directly on the Telecine Play streaming platform. One thing all detractors seem to agree on: the protagonist’s all-out performance. Andrew Garfield. Written and directed by Gia Coppolagranddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola, the film marks the filmmaker’s second work in charge of a feature. The focus here is the satirical critique of so-called internet personalities, who care more about likes than actually making a difference in the world. The list also has Maya Hawke and Alexa Demie (in euphoria).
Don’t forget to watch: