|Peter discovers his new powers while riding the subway|
|Dr. Connors experiments on himself with scaly results|
|Maybe Gwen should reconsider that internship at Dr. Connors's lab|
It's wonderful to see Sally Field and Martin Sheen on screen as Peter's loving aunt and uncle, who take him in as a young boy when his parents must go into hiding — another secret yet to be revealed, if you're not a comic book geek, and I'm not. Denis O'Leary shows up with his usual sassy, impatient-with-everyone-around-him delivery as Gwen's police chief dad, and then even his character gets to show some emotional depth. The only complaint about any of this that I could have, and it's a minor one, is that The Amazing Spider-Man's action sequences are the least interesting parts of the movie. Spidey is great when he's one-on-one, beating up bad guys and swinging through the city to rescue the innocent. But there are a bit too many scenes of Spiderman and The Lizard smashing into buildings, with metal and glass crashing and crunching. As in The Avengers, do we really need to see New York City buildings get demolished for the umpteenth time? I guess the studio has to justify the special effects budget somehow. But I quibble. Garfield and the rest of the cast make The Amazing Spider-Man a great way to escape the heat this summer.