While we could have avoided another origin story involving the shooting of Uncle Ben (This time, Martin Sheen), **The Amazing Spider-Man** does work in contrast to Sam Raimi's **Spider-Man,** which was a comic book recreation with vicid color palette. Director Marc Webb's palette is film noir, much influenced by Frank Miller's **Batman Dark Knight Returns** and **Sin City** short story collections.
In the pre credit sequence, we learn little why little Peter Parker came under the care of Uncle Ben and Aunt May (Sally Field). In High School, Peter (Andrew Garfield) falls under the spell of Gwen Stacy (Emma **The Help** Stone), the daughter of tough Police Commissioner Stacy (Denis Leary).
Gwen works for Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans), an amputee with a connection to the disappearance of Peter Parker's parents. As Peter investigates this link, he is bitten by a spider and undergoes a transformation. In his zeal to regrow his amputated arm, Dr. Connors injects himself with an untested serum and terrorizes Manhattan as the notorious Lizard.
While most of the action scenes occur at night, Director Webb manages to create vivid battles between Spider-Man and the Lizard. It is special effects whiz bang, but manages to capture the smart aleck wit of Stan Lee's original creation. (Lee's cameo brought forth a round of applause at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX Theater).
With last weekend's record breaking box office gross, Columbia Pictures has announced that **The Amazing Spider-Man** is the first of a planned trilogy that should conclude during the 2016 Presidential election season.
**The Amazing Spider-Man** is a complete story within itself, a visual treat and very entertaining. The opening narrative grabs you from the very beginning. What more can you ask from a big budget Summer block buster?