The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
If you are a Marvel comic book fan or simply enamored with the "Spider-Man" mystique you will be satisfied with the newest rendition of, to say the least, "The Amazing Spider-Man"!
Andrew Garfield, replacing Toby Maguire, is excellent as the sensitive, seventeen-year-old "Peter Parker/Spider-Man". With misty-eyed sincerity he imbues the duality with likeability, believability; and is galvanizing in his transformation from man to insect.
Emma Stone as love interest "Gwen Stacy", seems a touch too mature, wise, as a high-school-senior prodigy; but she radiates intelligence and garnishes respect with each scene she controls, empowers.
The plot in essence is insect versus reptile; good pitted against malevolent. There are approximately 40,000 species of spiders and Peter, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, is pounced upon and bitten by one that miraculously manifests "amazing" revolutionizing effects; great filming and digitization contribute stunning sequences of wonder.
There is nothing more satisfying than a deliciously evil villain and Rhys Ifans is yummy as "Dr. Curt Connor/Reptilian Rascal"; he leaps buildings with a single bound; Olympian marathon between the forces of Heaven and Hades.
Good fun and "flights" to be had by all.
I was hoping for a film that was as good if not better than the original. I was let down! This movie had almost nothing to do with the Spider-Man that I grew up on except for the fact that his uncle got shot and killed and he got his powers by being bit by a spider. Andrew Garfield wasn't in any way a believable Peter Parker (but in that matter neither was Tobey McGuire). I'd much rather watch the original. 5.5/10
It was basically the same Spiderman at first but then came Gwen Stacy, the pre-Mary Jane Watson love interest, the wrist web cartridges, a much younger Aunt May (Sally Fields), and a Peter Parker that looked like a young David Copperfield!
I fell in love with Gwen Stacy right away!