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The Amazing Spider-Man series has been maligned in popular culture as little more than a by-the-numbers rights-retaining cash grab. And to some degree this is true: The Amazing Spider-Man had to come out when it did because it had been five years since Spider-Man 3 came out, and if Sony didn’t produce another movie soon (say within five years or so), the rights would revert to Marvel Studios, which could then have worked the character into the nascent Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Amazing Spider-Man, however, does not deserve all of the abuse that it receives. Though it is not a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, The Amazing Spider-Man is an enjoyable watch (for the most part). They make some confusing decisions and butcher a few characters, but there is some great character development and a lot of fun action.
Of course, just about every good thing you can say about this movie comes with some sort of qualification.