Agreed. I left the cinema feeling disappointed. The plot’s ability to evoke any sort of empathy or excitement is diluted by the sheer number of characters, events and not to mention those cringe-worthy moments, of which there are many e.g. Peter Parker strutting around a la Saturday Night fever. The mix of sincerity and emotion in this film with the out of place tongue-in-cheek moments (which fail to be funny) fails miserably, and with a budget like that, they could have got a much greater script.
As regards special fx and action, nothing new here really, especially considering the last blockbuster I saw was 300!
Some people have almost desperately said this was a good, solid story, but just compare it to the likes of Batman Begins.