This is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), a photographer who is bit by a mutant spider and….oh, wait, I guess you know all of that from the 2002 film Spider-Man. Yes, The Amazing Spider-Man revisits the origin story, again, just ten years later. And it takes 136 minutes to work through it all again.
I wish that The Amazing Spider-Man would have taken a cue from a franchise like James Bond, and introduced a new cast without putting the audience through another origin retelling.
On the plus side; The new director, (500) Days of Summer’s Marc Webb (no pun intended), weaves an solid rom-com story with Garfield and the amazing Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. This is a slick Hollywood product, a professionally-made film and generally likeable. But in the age of The Dark Knight series and The Avengers, another slick Spidey origin movie was doomed to fall flat.
Simply put: The new cast is solid but I wish they would have skipped the origin and spun a new story.
Award potential: My spider sense says “no”.