I thought this movie was awesome. Spoilers if you read any further.
First off, I love how its a cheese-free movie. No raindrops keep fallin on my head, no electric slide, none of that bullshit. It was a far more real feeling movie than any of the previous three. There's real emotion in the story and Garfield portrays this incredibly.
The way they do the death of Uncle Ben in this one I liked a lot better. You go right from seeing Peter do the completely wrong thing, to Ben trying to do the right thing, but is just not strong enough and is shot and killed. No dying last words, he's just gone. Its effin brutal. The fact that they go a different route than the comics with Peter not catching the killer serves the story in that his mistake is going to gnaw at him for the forseeable future, not having any closure with it.
Loved the Spider-Man fight scenes. His incorporation of his web shooters in the fights was awesome and something that the Raimi films just didnt do very well. He moved like Spider-Man should. Fast and agile, all over the place and looked cool as hell doing it.
I did have a couple of nitpicks with the movie, some regarding just how careless Peter was with his identity. Using his powers in front of people to do a backboard shattering dunk from the 3pt line, Iron gripping a basketball in an open hand, and casually tossing a football into a goalpost that got severely bent. All this and nobody ever questions what is going on.
Then he uses his camera with his freakin name plastered on it in the sewer, revealing who he is to the Lizard. He flat out tells Gwen who he is, and he gets unmasked by Captain Stacy as well. I mean, damn. What the hell is the point of the mask? As Spidey says early in the film "Nobody seems to grasp the concept of the mask." It really rings true for much of this film.
Didnt like how they handled Captain Stacy, but this is more of a "book is better than the film" scenario. In the books, Captain Stacy just figures out who Peter really is, and he reveals that in his dying words to Spider-Man after sacrificing his body to save a small child from falling rubble during a throwdown between Spider-Man and Dr Octopus. His last words to Peter are "Take care of her, son. She loves you very much." Not the forcing of Peter to make an empty promise to stay away from Gwen. Having the Lizard kill him was just as unneccessary to me as having him cuff and unmask Peter in the street.
Thats about it. Awesome movie I thought, and with the great portrayals of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in this movie, its going to be absolutely brutal emotionally if they decide to do the Green Goblin arc.
Anyway, great movie. Plan on seeing it again and definately buying it when it comes out on blu ray.
When the mugger or thief stops to think twice, that is fear. That is what I am. That is why they hired assassins. I am the reason criminals breathe easier when the sun rises. So no, Alfred. I am not in over my head. Tonight will not be my end, but it will be theirs.