Yes, it's a mix of a lot of familiar elements of the genre, from the nostalgic collector of Wall-e to the red evil circle digital villain of 2001 and the unavboidable Statue of Liberty broken torch. Yet, somehow, the movie manages to flow thanks in no small part to Cruise and Riseborough. And talking about small parts, this time Morgan Freeman is not even trying. Beautiful visuals, excellent effects, a story respectfully told, despite a unnecesarilly long third act.
It would be a rotten movie even if it was a generic Bruce Willis acton flick. But by doing this within the Die Hard franchise and by destroying everything the John McClane character was supposed to be about, it goes way beyond rotten. It's a waste of time, and money, and ammo. Lots of ammo. The only good thing about this loud fiasco is that it makes you want to go and see again the first one, just to make sure the reluctant hero is still there.
OK, that is why it needed to be rebooted. Garfield and Webb have brought Spidey from the foolishness of the previous trilogy and managed to make it both a hero AND an teenager. The lead guy's chemistry with Emma Stone makes the duo Maguire/Dunst seem like something just taken from the freezer. The visuals are amazing and while the movie goes to all the familiar places, it arrives there with elegance and care for detail.