The Amazing Spider-Man tells the "untold" story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield). After being abandoned by his parents to live with his Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen), Peter is determined to find the truth about his parents and their work, and is also determined to find his place in this world. Things start to change when he gains the friendship of his high school crush, Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone), and the help of his parent's former co-worker, Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans). Fueled by his newly discovered powers, the death of his uncle, the ill intentions of Dr. Connors and the safety of his loved ones, Peter makes a choice to dawn a red and blue costume to become the vigilante known as Spider-Man.
Now that that is said, what about the actual film on it's own, disregarding the fact that it's a reboot or remake or whatever Hollywood wants to call it, is it any good? Yes. I think it is. There are flaws, some big, but I think this is a fun and, at times, exciting film with a huge heart that often takes centre stage. The film treats the character with love and respect, the action is exhilarating, the dialogue is quriky and memorable, Mark Webb directs this film with the confidence and personality he brought to the spunky and brilliant (500) Days of Summer and it translates very well to the summer blockbuster formula. If this film doesn't please Spider-Man fans in some way, shape or form, I don't think they're really Spider-man fans. Oh, and it has the best Stan Lee cameo to date.
The best part of this film is the amount of heart in it. It's a bit darker than previous films, but manages to be emotionally charged, ready to warm your heart and prepared to break it. Most of the action is emotionally charged as well, which is something I really appreciate. The final set piece is big and blockbuster-esque, but its biggest moments are the human moments, particularly some in the final act. The crane scene is among my favorite moments in all 5 Spider-Man films, it's a crowd pleasing sequence that I absolutely adore. The death of Uncle Ben is beautifully handled, and you're lying if you didn't get at least one tear in your eye when Peter listens to his voicemail at the end of the film, it's powerful stuff. Spider-Man is known to be one of the most emotionally charged characters in comic books and this film captured that perfectly. Also, the score by the late James Horner only adds to the emotion, as his work in this film is simply beautiful.
Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man is a fun film with great characters and a huge heart. I can confidently say I love it, but can not confidently say its a great movie. It can be a mixed bag at times, with not everything flowing as smoothly as one may hope, especially in its underwhelming and copy-cat first act. It also had potential to spawn a truly special franchise... then the sequel happened.