The best thing in the movie is the relationship between Spider-Man and his high school sweetheart Gwen Stacy.
Since Tobey Maguire didn’t want to appear in another “Spider-Man” movie, welcome to “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield in what Marvel is rather disingenuously calling a “reboot.” There isn’t any particular reason, besides the obvious commercial one, why we needed to re-up this franchise. Still, it could have been worse. Fanboys will flock.
Less blatantly comic bookish than Sam Raimi’s 2002 “Spider-Man,” and shot in 3-D IMAX, this latest arachnid in Marvel’s cinematic terrarium fills in the back story of the pre-Spidey Peter Parker, placing heavy emphasis on his orphan status.
Raised by his kindly aunt and uncle (Sally Field and Martin Sheen) after his parents mysteriously vamoosed in the dead of night, Peter is a superbright supernerd who ends up infiltrating the scary headquarters of cross-breed citadel OsCorp, where he’s bitten by a spider and things rapidly become stickier and stickier. OsCorp’s chief scientist, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), was once partnered with Peter’s dad (Campbell Scott), and the overhanging question – is he a good guy or a bad guy? – is sort of answered when he morphs into his Lizard Man alter ego.