At first glance, it would seem that we
identify with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) because he is an Everyman, a
kid really, who stumbles upon great power and accepts the weighty
responsibility that comes with it. But dig a little deeper and, in fact,
there’s nothing at all about Peter Parker that’s relatable.
All of the trailers and promotional packages try to warn audiences that this movie isn't a love story, although it plainly has the boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets girl (Zooey Deschanel), boy loses girl set-up. This is in fact a love story, one where the boy gets the blues and learns to do more than what he's always been told in the standard romantic comedy formula. It has a ring of truth, and it's far from ugly. Grade: B.