There's something rather familiar about "The Amazing Spider-Man."

Just a decade after Sam Raimi gave the web slinger a huge cinematic jolt, the franchise gets a do over with "(500) Days of Summer" director Marc Webb behind the camera.

And while the film does suffer from a bit of deja vu, it still proves to be promising restart that is a step above the third and final chapter of the Raimi trilogy.

"Amazing Spider-Man" starts from square one, tracing the origins of teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his transformation into the popular crime fighter.

It begins with Peter trying to learn why his parents left him with his aunt May (Sally Field) and uncle Ben (Martin Sheen). The investigation leads him to a scientist who worked with his father Curt Conners (Rhys Ifans), who is working on a top secret project for a giant cooperation.

While in the lab Peter is bitten by a spider that is part of the experiments, giving him abilities beyond his imagination.

The new found confidence helps him bond with high school crush Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone), but also leads to troubles - culminating in a clash with Conners and his alter ego the Lizard.

Resets on comic book franchises have been hit and miss. For every "Batman Begins" that gets it right, there is a "Superman Returns" that is a colossal misstep.

With such little time between the previous films, this "Spider-Man" does feel awfully familiar a lot - requiring the audience to sift through plenty of exposition before the film finds its action groove.

When Spider-Man takes to the streets, and sores through the city skylight, the film hits another gear. Sure it's been done before, but it is still pretty cool to watch.

The cast is pretty fun to watch too.

Garfield is probably too old for the part, the same can be said for Stone, but he brings a new spin and some great energy in the lead role. It's also nice to have veterans like Field and Sheen come in and class the joint up a little.

Ifans role is more effects than meat and bones, but this movie is more about Parker and the relationships around him.

It's a good starting point for a franchise that still has some life left in it.

Grade: B


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