Dear Stan Lee (or should it be Mr. Lee) -
What happened to Spiderman? He was one of my favorite Superheroes. You are his creator. You are the mastermind. The Marvel Comic movie, The Avengers was perfect. It was the best of the Comic/Superhero movies, ever. Why was the Amazing Spider-man so mediocre? Sure, it was better than Spider-man 3, but who would aim for that bar?
I loved the way that Spiderman figured things out. It wasn't always about strength; it was also about smarts. He was thoughtful and reflective. Peter Parker is supposed to be brilliant. In this movie, he revealed no brains. He didn't really figure anything out. He simply read his father's notes or looked up stuff on the internet.
I'm fine with the update. It was time for Tobey Maguire to move on. Andrew Garfield. He is the man to replace Tobey, really?
Why does the new Spidey spend a great deal of this movie crying? Oh, and you can heal a gunshot wound with spider webbing? What was that? Oh and exactly why were other lizards attracted to The Lizard? You spent a ton of time explaining things in this movie but you never explained that one, which was a key reason that Spidey found The Lizard.
Mr. Lee, I have a few more questions. So, Dennis Leary played the police chief and the father of Emma Stone, Spidey's love interest. Why did he have to die? The Lizard lives and the police chief has to die? Mr. Lee, dude, you are killing me. This movie was unnecessarily slow. Did we need to go back to the very beginning? Did we have to get into Aunt Meg (it was great to see Sally Field) and Uncle Ben, again? Did Uncle Ben have to die, again? Mr. Lee, we, the fans of Spider-man, had great expectations and high hopes. You left us with not much more than a bunch of webbing in my grill. I'm telling my friends and family that if they want to see a good Spider-man movie to pick up the first two with Tobey Maquire.
Update: Several people have come up to me with that "what do you mean that you didn't like Spider-man" look. I didn't say that I didn't like the Amazing Spider-Man. I said that I was expecting a great movie and I got an average movie. Nothing special. I said that the first 2 Spider-Man movies were great. Upon, further reflection, I really wanted movie. I wanted more action. I wanted Peter Parker to be a super nerd and figure things out. So, we added the new angle of Peter's parents but we never answered the basic question - What happened to his parents? Peter seemed to be really curious until he got his powers then he had other interests.
My favorite movie critic, Roger Ebert, liked the movie a lot more than I did. Maybe I'm being too harsh. Maybe I expected too much. Maybe.