Early reviews have been inordinately pissy for the new Spider-Man movie. And there’s no arguing that the movie is too long at 136 mintues, and feels a lot like a replica (the last Spiderman was only 5 years ago and the series didn’t need a reboot so early). Know what? Audiences won’t give a damn. In an era of cynical, cash-in sequels, “The Amazing Spider-Man” has a heartbeat that resonates just as strongly as its box-office ka-ching. Director Mark Webb (Web, Get it?) and his film making team keep their focus on the human side of this Marvel Comic hero: that means screwed-up crybaby geekboy Peter Parker (Nicely played by Andrew Garfield) over the superhero he becomes after a spider incident one day. Even when the movie is just running in place, you can still feel its pulse. Take that doubters. In retelling the origin story of Spider-Man so soon after Sam Raimi’s version hit theatres only 10 years ago, it is almost impossible not to compare both movies. No worries. Andrew Garfield “(The Social Network”, “Never Let Me Go”) is a first rate casting choice. He has a genuine, almost effortless charm and his attitude seem very reminiscient of the Peter Parker of the comics. At some point, I even felt his interpretation of the role rang more true than Maguire’s. Whether in costume, or simply sorting out his issues at school and with his well meaning aunt and uncle (played by two greats: Sally Fields and Martin Sheen), Garfield is in terrific form. But Parker is going to need a woman companion. That would be Emma Stone, terrific in “The Help”, and who does a pretty good job here as Gwen Stacy (and not Mary Jane as some might think). Looking for a villain? try Rhys Ifans, who portrays Dr. Curt Connors, the tragic scientist who hopes for a better society, but eventually turns into a raving mad supervillain halfway through (the dude’s no match for Alfred Molina’s “Doc Oc” though). Spidey’s battle with that beast is one of the highlights of the movie, and it looks pretty damn dazzling in 3D. If this isn’t enough to satisfy fans of the comics, I don’t know what will. My only problem with it is its fake marketing campaign. The movie has been marketed several times as “the untold story of Spiderman”. I beg to differ. The story is almost similar to Raimi’s version and the issue of Peter’s parents is never fully explored here, making it even more mysterious than it was before. But in spite of it all, the “new” Spider-Man defies all odds and delivers a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. I didn’t think I could care for yet another Spider-man movie, but I did. Sure the attack dogs will be out in force. They see the film’s budget (an estimated $215,000,000) and the huge box office take after only one day as evidence that the film makers are in it for the money. Screw them. My guess is that when the summer blockbuster season is over, “The Amazing Spider-man” is going to look like one of the few that are touched by human hands. Just sit back and behold.