The Amazing Spider-man - As we all know, this is a reboot of the Spider-man movie franchise starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and it follows the timeline in which Peter first falls in love with Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).
First off, I thought Andrew Garfield played a great new age Peter Parker. He felt like a more realistic trendy teenager, but he still had that nerdy personality that we expect Peter to have.
The special effects were good, pretty much what you'd expect from a big budget Marvel movie. I think the film did a great job adapting the comics to the big screen. You got everything from the web canisters that fans of the comic books know all about, to some quality witty one liners from the masked web slinger. Martin Sheen was really good as Uncle Ben, he probably had the best performance in the entire film.
I think the movie did suffer a bit from pace. A lot of the film felt rushed, especially the development of Lizard. At first his motives were pretty unclear, and it really caused me not to really care about the character at all. The film kind of jumped around with Peter trying to deal with his new found abilities, tracking down Uncle Ben's killer, trying to further his relationship with Gwen Stacey, and stopping Dr. Connors. I think the film could have benefited from a bit more focus. I'm sure The Amazing Spider-man 2 will rectify this as the stage has in a sense been set now.
Overall I thought the movie was good. I wouldn't say it was better than Spider-man 2, but I thought it was certainly better than Spider-man and Spider-man 3.