There are three main reasons that this movie works well, and the other Spiderman movies are rather meh.
1: A cast that can act.
2: Gags and bits are cut short well before they can be run into the ground.
3: Spiderman is a teenager.
The first bit:
Denis Leary is probably the most widely known name in the movie, he’s never been a huge box office name, but he nails the role. Sally Field probably won’t be making an Oscar speech for this movie but she certainly makes her part come to life. Andrew Garfield also has that magical skill that manages to elude Toby Mcguire; the ability to communicate emotion. Together with the rest of the cast, and much like the last half dozen Marvel movies, the casting is nailed down tight at a level only the Harry Potter series competes with.
The infamous seventy four hour dance scene in Spiderman 3 was just one instance of the old trilogy that made me wanna hurl. Fortunately for the carpet the wearying slog through the depths of the villains souls drained me of all the energy needed to regurgitate my meals. None of that happens in this movie. The needed scenes of any superhero coming into their powers are the right length. The emotional scenes are enough to show exactly what’s needed to communicate who a character is, and what you need to know.
Honestly, this is one of the things that annoyed me most about the last version. I’m not even the biggest Spidey fan but having him come into his powers as a twenty something (especially an android twenty something) just makes the spontaneity and moral lessons seem forced and stilted. As a teenager, with the limitations placed on a teenager by reasonable parent figures and the relationships one has in high school this Spiderman is just a lot more likeable.
Rumor has it that Spidey will join the team in Avengers 2.