WHAT IS IT?
It's The Amazing Spider-man; the first in the rebooted Spider-man movie series following on from the successful run of movies that were released between 2002 & 2007. For the Spidey reboot Marc Webb took over directing duties from previous helmer Sam Raimi and an all new cast was drafted in to retell Spidey's origins.
The Amazing Spider-man starred Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-man, Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the villainous Lizard/Curt Connors. Martin Sheen and Sally Field cropped up in supporting roles as Pete's Uncle Ben and Aunt May, respectively, and Spidey co-creator Stan Lee turned up for a very funny cameo.
Unlike the previous Spider-man movies which took their influence from the classic '60s Spidey adventures, The Amazing Spider-man borrowed its ideas from the Ultimate Marvel Universe.
Upon release The Amazing Spider-man received generally positive reviews with many critics noting Garfield as a genuine hightlight of this 'reimagining'.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
Emma Stone's performance as Gwen Stacy was not only very believable it was also a vast improvement over Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson (as seen in previous Spider-man movies). Stacy had more depth and her character showed more development in just one movie than Watson had in an entire trilogy. Her relationship with Peter was also integral to convincing audiences that they should stick with the Spidey reboot (retread?).
Other good stuff included Andrew Garfield as Peter - perfectly fitting into director Marc Webb's Spidey world - Martin Sheen's truly captivating performance as Uncle Ben and Denis Leary's Captain Stacy.
Spidey's 'crane' swing sequence during the final act was also fun! Silly, but fun!
Unfortunately too much of The Amazing Spider-man's story seemed to concern itself with unnecessary changes and inclusions to the mythology. The film introduced Peter Parker's parents (clearly as a set-up for future movies) yet their inclusion provided no real value to the story. When Spider-man was created in 1962 his parents were not part of his origin (they were added into the story much later). When Sam Raimi directed the first Spider-man movie in 2002 Peter's parents were also not part of Spider-man's origin.
SO WHY PUT THEM IN THIS MOVIE?!?
Peter lives with his Aunt and Uncle; his parent's aren't around and for the purpose of telling his origin it doesn't matter why they are not there!!!
Next up (and still concerning Spidey's origin) everyone and their mother knows that there is one very important line in Spider-man mythology. Actually, scratch that, there is one very important line in comic-book mythology and that is...
'With great power comes great responsibility!'
Yes the original line from Spidey first comic-book appearance was actually... “With great power there must also come – great responsibility!”... but it's very similar and you get the idea.
For some bizarre reason The Amazing Spider-man seemed to go out of its way NOT TO INCLUDE THE LINE!!!!
WHY?!??!? What was the point?!? How did this improve the point that Uncle Ben was trying to make?!?!
Oh Uncle Ben still instilled Peter with the general gist of power and responsibility (just before he got bumped off) but to change the famous line for some long winded explanation just seemed dumb!
The other major problem with The Amazing Spider-man was the villain - The Lizard. Not only was the character quite dull, he never quite packed the emotional punch of previous Spidey villains such as Doctor Octopus or the Sandman. Oh and he also looked like a Goomba from the Bob Hoskins-starring movie-flop Super Mario Bros (1993).
Just so we're clear, the Lizard is the one on the left. Hmmm... or is it the right?
Ahh heck, who cares?