The Amazing Spider-Man ★★★★

Let's get 'that predictable pun' out of the way. It was 'AMAZING'. (Hahaha Sam, you're so witty and original and funny an- NO.)

And let's get something else out of the way- I think that TASM is BETTER than Spiderman (2002). That's right. BETTER.

It's a great film, despite the average reviews it's received. It's a masterclass in how to make characters loveable, whilst making a superhero film, and New York itself is beautiful, unlike the bland beige-o-thon in Raimi's attempts.

Garfield gets Parker spot on, as does Stone with the younger, blonde Stacey- something not done by Maguire and Dunst 10 years ago. For the first time in the 10 years of Spider-Films as well, Spider-Man is funny, something critically excluded from Raimi's films. It's a brilliant addition.

The Lizard is scary, unlike Raimi's Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman, Venom or New Goblin. The story seems to make more sense, and isn't hindered by it's staggering 160 minute runtime.

Of course, there are a few weak points, not least that Peter Parker reveals his 'secret' identity to members of the public no less than 4 times during the course of the film, and that The Lizard seems to have no real motive for being an evil, green bum face. Furthermore, there are many plot points that fade into nothingness, without being solved, being set up as painfully obvious sequel bait. (*cough* Uncle Ben's attacker *cough*)

Anywho, I know i'm comparing this to Sam Raimi's films quite a lot, but it's justified. Watch this film. It's full of laughs, high octane action, thrills, scares and most of all, genuine joy at seeing Spidey grace the silver screen once more.