One of the most difficult things about being a film critic (you there, no laughing at the back) is divorcing the film you're watching from any of the surrounding hysteria. Maybe the film has arrived on a tidal wave of hype; maybe you're aware of a troubled production; or, let's say, for argument's sake, it's a reboot of a movie, or series of movies, that you hold dear. These things can influence an opinion; it's your job to make sure they don't. The Amazing Spider-Man is one of the first movies I've had to review where I felt I literally couldn't review the 136 minutes of film I saw without commenting on the fact that I fundamentally disagree with the fact that it exists.
While the world's eyes are on Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker in the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, us here at spotted a new star in the making: all hail the rise of 'Basketball Guy', the most meme-worthy addition to the movie's official press stills.
I know what you're thinking: nerdy kid gets bitten by super-spider, becomes Spider-Man. You've seen it a thousand times, so how could the synopsis possibly contain anything of any excitement whatsoever? Well come inside, for this is sure to get your spider-sense a-tingling.