My friend B and I went to see this movie today and I thought it was better than the original ones with Tobey Maguire. Now I have to admit that I really think that Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, Never Let Me Go) and Emma Stone (The Help, Zombieland) are excellent actors (better in my book, than Mr Maguire), but it was the film that really made it for me, not just the actors. The villian is the brilliant Rhys Ifans (Anonymous, Notting Hill) as Dr Curt Connors, who is a multi-layered bad guy with the secret to the truth about Peter Parker's parents. He used to work with Peter's father before he mysteriously disappeared and they were working on the same formulas. All-round nice-guy Peter, blags his way into Oscorp where Dr Connors works, as does the love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), where he is bitten by a genetically-altered spider and here is where the film really comes into its own. Concentrating on what super-powers could achieve for a good guy in the real world, much feel-good humour and heroic deeds follow which leads, as it probably would in this day and age, to him being branded a vigilante. It does not help that Gwen's father, Captain Stacy (the inimitable Denis Leary) puts a warrant out for his arrest. But it isn't long before the city needs him, as Dr Connors decides to use himself for his new formula's human testing with disastrous consequences.