I won’t belabor a long review of The Amazing Spider-Man, because Richard Dickson has already covered it remarkably well. But I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I liked the Tobey Maguire movies okay, but I was never a big fan of the franchise. This version however is a big improvement over those (not so much) earlier films, for three main reasons:
1, the special effects are much better. CGI has improved over the years, and it pays off here. The swinging through city streets scenes are incredible, where before they always looked a little fake.
2, Andrew Garfield evokes far more emotion and sympathy than Tobey Maguire.
and 3, Martin Sheen.
Please, Hollywood, give us more Martin Sheen, while we still have him.