While I was big fan of the original Spider-Man films, I almost felt like The Amazing Spider-Man came too soon until I realized Spider-Man 3 came out five years ago in 2007. While I didn't see it in theaters (due to other superhero movies I wanted to see more) but I finally had the chance to see the all-new amazing Spider-Man.
This film is not a continuation of Spider-Man 3, but a fresh reboot of the story. Which is good and bad in a way. Most of the story in the first half is typical. Peter's parents die, Uncle Ben gets shot, Peter gets bit by spider, etc.
But I did like how they were a bit truer to the comics by making Gwen Stacy the first love of Spider-Man. I thought Emma Stone did a wonderful job, and I was surprised by Denis Leary's role as her father Captain George Stacy.
I also thought that the film's villain The Lizard was much better than I imagined. He's not exactly the most well-known Spider-Man bad guy, but they stayed pretty sure to his story-line. Like how his human self Dr. Curt Conners has no hatred for Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
It may be a little cheesy, but I'm looking forward to the next sequel even if they say the next villain will be Electro. When comparing it to the original Spider-Man film I can't say I can pick a favorite. They're different and good in their own ways. Ironically though even though Spider-Man is my favorite superhero, I thought The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises were much better movies. I did think those movies were pretty awesome, but The Amazing Spider-Man is still a great film regardless.