I watched The Amazing Spider-Man last night. This was a much more thoughtfully written story, with far better casting and acting. Garfield, Stone, Sheen, and Field all gave very heartfelt and believable performances.
Ryan Ifans was wonderful as Dr. Curt Connors. I actually felt bad for him. You could really tell he did want to make the world a better place, and he becomes a bit of a tragic figure when the lizard DNA takes control of him and unleashes a raw aggressive force.
I was pleasantly surprised by Dennis Leary’s performance as Captain Stacy. I thought he added some nice balance as the loving, but hard ass, NYPD captain who eventually comes around and sees that Spider-Man really isn’t all that bad. It makes what happens to him at the end of the movie all that more bitter-sweet. I wept.