The recasting works. If Maguire is the Spider-Man of Spidey co-creator Steve Ditko, this is the Spider-Man of artist John Romita: a little slicker, a little more modern. Spider-Man in skinny jeans, if you will.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" isn't as dramatically revisionist as Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins," but it's as good as Raimi's first "Spider-Man" film and darker, while still being tongue-in-cheek. That's a tough tone to master.
While Raimi's Spidey was primarily inspired by the classic modellings of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Webb blends a welcome hybrid of Nolan's Bat-verse and Brian Michael Bendis' rightly-acclaimed Ultimate Spider-Man run.
It's like discovering a new formula to reach a similar result. "The Amazing Spider-Man" is slightly darker in tone and less campy than the "Spider-Man" films. Visually stunning, emotional, and intelligent; "The Amazing Spider-Man" lives up to its name.