The Amazing Spider-Man is eliciting rave reviews and with good reason especially compared to Sam Raimi’s fine but flawed trilogy. After all, Andrew Garfield doesn’t look medicated like Tobey Maguire, he has better chemistry with Emma Stone than Tobey had with the little girl from Interview with the Vampire, the special effects aren’t as glaringly CGI and the action sequences don’t look like they’re from a Playstation 2 game.
The characters are likeable, the film has a nice pace (not too fast but not too slow) and it has a better backstory. There are flaws. Rhys Ifans is uneven as Curt Conners/The Lizard, there is too little of Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy and the final credits cookie is unsatisfying but it is still superior to Raimi’s first and third Spidey films and even slightly eclipses the celebrated 2nd entry.
So, where does it rank?
It isn’t The Avengers or The Dark Knight but it may rank in the top 5 competing with X2 and Watchmen (yes, I loved the movie and if you didn’t that is because you are a heartless hipster wanna be!).
I give The Amazing Spider-Man an A.
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