The Amazing Spider-Man ★★★★

My expectations for this movie were low. I'm not a massive superhero-movie fan (I love The Dark Knight and The Avengers, but beyond that, not so much), and the reviews, while not bad, weren't overwhelmingly positive. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed the film. A weakly-drawn (in every sense) Lizard aside, the cast of characters was uniformly strong, the plot was compelling and gripping without over-relying on action-packed spectacle, and the runtime was just taut enough to ensure things didn't become bloated.