Since the moment The Amazing Spider-Man—a reboot of Sony’s highly successful Spider-Man franchise and its most recent installment—was announced a few years ago, people had written it off as trash, which just happens to be English for the Spanish word “basura.”

While Sam Raimi did remarkably well kick-starting the superhero film phenomena with his Spider-Man trilogy, he also missed the mark more than I would like to admit, considering it’s a film series that I grew up with. For starters, Tobey Maguire is a terrible, terrible Peter Parker. He may look the part, he may fill out the suit well, but his wit and charm are nowhere near those of Peter Parker in the comics. And, unless I’m mistaken, high-schoolers in Hollywood aren’t supposed to look like the 30 year old actors they are.

Even if Maguire did look the part, his method of acting is too much “tell” and not enough “show.” He relies on facial contortions, angry stares, raising and lowering his voice to emote, none of which evoke emotional responses in audience members. The same goes for Kristen Dunst.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey, Parker’s new love interest) were able to communicate emotions in a way that resonated with audience members. When Uncle Ben died in the first film, Maguire’s response was nowhere near as powerful as that of Garfield in the Marc Webb’s (500 Days of Summer) take on the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. With Garfield’s frantic panicking over the body, the audience really feels that Peter didn’t use his newfound great powers of his responsibly. We feel it because Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker feels it. When Garfield breaks down, it’s like watching a genuine teenaged break-down, not the forced break-downs that Maguire made us endure over the course of the Raimi trilogy. From an acting standpoint, The Amazing Spider-Man is light years ahead of Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Aside from James Franco as Harry Osbourne in the first three films, Raimi’s trilogy didn’t even come close.

Another huge difference is the origin story itself, specifically the bite. The difference between the bite in 2002’s Spidey and 2012’s Spidey is that when Peter is bitten in the former, he’s simultaneously bitten twice: first by Mary Jane Watson, his “high school sweetheart,” and then by the radioactive spider. That right there sets the tone for the rest of the trilogy: it won’t just be about the great responsibilities brought onto Peter by great power but his relationship with Mary Jane. Iconic kiss in the rain the first film. Homewrecking an astronaut’s wedding in the sequel. And in the final chapter, he showcases how he failed to grow out of that awkward high school dancing-on-tables-with-an-emo-haircut phase that we all go through after a break-up.

But despite being so well done, The Amazing Spider-Man still receives criticism, perhaps being most criticized for its redoing of the origin story. We get it, we get it, Peter Parker goes on a school field trip and gets bitten by some funky, tampered-with radioactive spider and all of the sudden shoots more sticky fluids than normal for a teenage boy and can stick to walls and blah blah blah. Exactly. It’s the same origin story from the comics, television series and anything else related to Peter Parker. That’s never going to change.

The Amazing Spider-Man keeps it simple—and accurate. For starters, Mary Jane wasn’t Peter Parker’s first love (hence the quotations earlier), it was Gwen Stacey, remarkably well cast in The Amazing Spider-Man as Emma Stone opposite her real-life boyfriend Andrew Garfield. The chemistry between the two was phenomenal and—as is the case when two actors get along—the acting between the two was perfect, almost straight out of the comics. In the Raimi trilogy, it was quite the opposite: Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst briefly dated and later broke up, which resulted in the two hating each others’ guts—the perfect example of opting to not defecate where you ingest. As much as they hoped it wouldn’t, the lack of chemistry between the two was painfully obvious onscreen, making the inaccurate storyline even more difficult to watch. Add in the fact that Peter Parker never shot web out of his wrists and actually constructed mechanical web shooters—as seen in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man—and the Raimi trilogy is a cheesy mess. Raimi’s trilogy was cheesy to the point that a lactose tolerant audience member could be at risk of getting sick.

The Amazing Spider-Man is Peter Parker done right—and in a way that only one of his girlfriends or an exemplary visionary is capable of doing, although the methods for each are admittedly different. Peter Parker’s story is one of turmoil with a–pardon the cliché—dark cloud overhead, a fact that seemed to get lost in the cheesiness of the Sam Raimi trilogy. With the exception of the “emo Peter Parker” that was so heavily scrutinized in Spider-Man 3 (a perfect example of the “telling” style of the Raimi trilogy and probably the biggest argument for the series being rebooted), the first three Spider-Man films didn’t come close to capturing the day to day internal struggles of Peter.

But let’s not stop there. The Amazing Spider-Mannot only displayed a perfected Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield’s familiarity with the character from his days as a child lent a huge hand to his being able to step into the suit seamlessly, wearas Tobey Maguire was more likely doing it for the money) but a near perfect Spider-Man. He moves the way you would imagine him to, his mid-battle quips are spot on, even his use of a cell-phone while “suited up” in public is cahracterstic of his “Ultimate Spider-Man” persona.

But no matter how well Spider-Man was done, people will still complain. Perhaps the biggest criticism of the most recent take on Spider-Man was the Lizard’s backstory and how similar it was to that of the Green Goblin in the first Spider-Man. People criticize the Lizard story for being a carbon copy of the Goblin story which, to be fair, isn’t a stretch. Only a fool or a colorblind person wouldn’t notice that both supervillains are green—how dare Stan Lee for allowing that to happen! (Trust me, some arguments I’ve heard have really been that silly.)

Both the Lizard and the Green Goblin ingested green substances and transformed themselves under the delusion that they were bettering themselves. They also both knew Peter’s secret and as a result had conversations with their inner demons over whether or not they should use that knowledge to their advantage. That being said, people have to realize these films are adaptations of the Spider-Man comics. If one were to criticize the origins and source material in Spidey comics—or villains in comics in general—then one might as well criticize history books while they’re at it. How dare the Civil War and World War II for both starting with sides disagreeing? Similarly, how dare all powerful leaders for emerging when the group they’re leading are in need of a leader? That’s just complaining for the sake of complaining. The Lizard was one of the first villains Spidey faced in the comics and it’s about time that he was featured on the big screen.

In comics, there are different interpretations of each character. When an artistic team changes, so will some aspects of the comics, whether in a negative or positive light. Why shouldn’t it be the same for film adaptations? Hence the word “adaptation.” After all, Batman has had a handful of reboots, the most recent of which—Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight serieswas only seven years after Batman Forever and resulted in two sequels that have (or will, in the case of The Dark Knight Rises) gone down as some of the greatest films in history, let alone superhero films. Why does Spider-Man have to be any different? Ironically enough, this version of Spidey is Webb’s masterpiece and not the hit 500 Days of Summer that took audiences by storm three years ago.

People who want to complain will find a way to do it, as said earlier. But if you haven’t seen this film and are on the fence about it, go see it now and don’t let any negative Nancy’s dissuade you from seeing it. I promise you won’t regret it.