The Amazing Spider-Man was exactly that. Since the comic book come to life Spider-Man's release in 2002 and its consecutive sequels in 2004 and 2007, it was assumed by most that the Spider-Man franchise was done, and done well as I recall. However, in 2012 the franchise returns with a whole new, darker look, a new concept stemming from the original story, totally different actors, a blonde instead of a red head but still the same old Peter Parker.
There isn't a lot of bad things I can say about this adventure. It featured everything a good Marvel film should, a clever and loveable super-protagonist, an adorable love interest with a short fringe, high socks and supposedly gr-eight legs, an unfortunate antagonist that threatens to tear New York City to shreds (no wonder they can never sleep), real emotion, stunning and entertaining action sequences and Stan Lee's greatest cameo yet.
For those of you who do not know, Stan Lee is the creator of every Marvel-ous superhero and features in every one of his films - so keep an eye out for the white haired man with the glasses next time you catch an X-Men, Iron Man or any of the others. All of the film's great aspects were webbed together by a great script; scientific jargon and empowering statements found in most Marvel films somehow make sense to the audience; either because when good looking people speak, we listen! Or because the comic book guys 'get' their audience and know exactly how to communicate with them and have made millions doing so, hmm, a little of both I think.
With a brand new production company and a new director appropriately named Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man has a whole new feel and has been shot for 3D. This movie, looks really great; the cinematography is wild and the CGI is as believable as a human spider can look. All Marvel films have a certain look about them, they place a completely fictional, fantasy character within reality and do it flawlessly. The action and sets pop out of the screen, and I didn't even see it in 3D.The Amazing Spider-Man is no exception, it is creative and every bit enjoyable. I am also happy to say that it doesn't take anything away from the original Spidey trilogy, it's just different.
I strongly encourage you to go and see a good movie. Go and be amazed, laugh a little and fall in love with dorky Peter and his new found self. I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man so much I will go ahead and give it 8 legs out of, well, 8!