"The Amazing Spider-Man" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 11/04/14
A high school student is bitten by an experimental genetically engineered spider and develops amazing powers. In the Amazing Spider-Man, we get to see the Spider-man origin story (yes, exactly like the one in Spider-Man), to see how he loses his uncle leading him to a life of crime-fighting (like in Spider-Man), some light comedy as he learns to use his powers (like in Spider-Man), some action as he battles an altruistic genius scientist who is corrupted by his work (like in Spider-Man 2) and deals with his unrequited love for a pretty high school co-ed (like in...well, you get the idea). The action in this reboot is efficiently handled, the effects good (although I personally thought Lizard Man looked a bit rubbish) and Andrew Garfield is likeable enough as Peter. The problem is that it has obviously all been done before, and rather better. The only real differences are in Peter's emo haircut, skateboard, graffiti art and ridiculous "drop the bass" spider sense that have been crowbarred in to appeal to a yoof audience. It's not a bad film by any means and passes a couple of hours pleasantly enough, but in the evermore crowded genre of the superhero movie a better adjective for The "Amazing" Spider-Man would be "unnecessary".