The gist: a young Peter Parker is raised by his uncle and aunt after his parents have to flee in a hurry. As a teenager, he finds some documents left behind by his dad that hold the key to some important scientific research. While investigating this research he gets bitten by a genetically engineered spider that confers to him supernatural powers. He starts using these powers as a masked vigilante known as Spider-Man who will have to face down both common and supernatural enemies.
This is Andrew Garfield's first outing in the titular role and he certainly impresses and charms with his good looks and acting skills. Emma Stone as our hero's love interest is well cast as well, vulnerable and strong in equal parts.
It was interesting to see the detours the script takes from Spider-Man's classic tale by disclosing Peter Parker's real identity to his love interest, her father, and his aunt so early in this first chapter of the comic's reboot.
The Bottom Line: the reboot gamble certainly pays off and we're treated to a new take on the web slinging superhero that enthralls and scares with impressive claustrophobic sequences. Awesome visual effects.