Thanks to a flawless script, outstanding performances and stunning visuals, "The Amazing Spider-Man" is the best superhero movie ever.
Everyone knows the story. Abandoned by his parents when he was young, outcast teenager Peter Parker has many questions about who he is and where he comes from. After he discovers a briefcase that belonged to his father, his curiosity leads him to Dr. Curt Connors at the Oscorp Tower. Hours after being bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter discovers he has superhuman speed, strength, and the ability to stick to surfaces. After much trial-and-error with his new abilities, Peter develops the alter-ego known as Spider-Man.
The casting of this film is absolutely PERFECT. Andrew Garfield shines in the role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man, truly capturing the emotion and feel that Tobey Maguire struggled with in Sam Raimi's 2002 disaster. Emma Stone is also brilliant as Gwen Stacy, and the chemistry between the two feels authentic and believable. Really though, the entire cast is fantastic. Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, and of course Rhys Ifans as Dr. Connors / The Lizard.
Hats off to director Marc Webb, who truly knocked it out of the park with this movie. "The Amazing Spider-Man" feels like a fun comic-book adaptation, which is exactly what I was hoping for. Too many of the popular superhero films feel like lame Scorsese imitation crime-thrillers, that just so happen to feature a masked-man flaunting around. This film knows what it is, and as the title suggests, it's absolutely AMAZING. 5 stars.