I pressed play on The Amazing Spider-Man with massive apprehension. I feel a loyalty to Sam Raimi who rebooted the franchise 10 years ago with Toby Maguire as Spidey. It was a good movie followed by an even better sequel... in fact part 2 is one of the best super hero movies of them all in my opinion. And then as we know part 3 was a dud... so rather than making a fourth entry and redeeming the franchise they have decided to start again. I view this as a huge kick in the balls to Raimi and I don't think he deserves that. I don't think the audience does either. So anyway I have just watched The Amazing Spider-Man and I honestly think its even worse than Spider-Man 3. I don't understand the point of retelling the origin story and I don't think it's even done all that well. I don't like Andrew Garfield (his face makes me want to punch it) and I've always found him to be smug and arrogant in interviews and it translates to the screen too. And then there's Emma Stone as his high school love interest... she looks like a 30 year old pretending to be 17. Nothing gels here. The film is overlong and feels like 2 movies crammed together and the character of Lizard just looks stupid. His design and personality might be in line with the comic books but on screen he seems ludicrous... as much as the Sandman did in part 3. Maybe I'm being to harsh and perhaps my mind was made up before I watched it but as I've said many times, I am growing very tired of super-hero/comic book movies. They're a dime a dozen these days and all practically the same. The Amazing Spider-Man is almost all fail with the only praise being Martin Sheen's understated performance as uncle Ben.