The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D

Out Now On-Demand

Enemies will unite.

Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker returns as Spider-Man in this sequel that adds two new superpowered foes: Paul Giamatti as The Rhino and Jamie Foxx as Electro. Director Marc Webb, stars Emma Stone, Martin Sheen and Sally Field all return.

For Parker (Garfield), there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and loving Gwen (Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price - the emergence of Electro (Foxx) sees Parker confront a foe far more powerful than he, and his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns proving all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

Rushed into development by Sony before they lost the rights to the character, 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man was unsettlingly familiar, the previous incarnation of the web-slinger having been on screen just five years prior. This sequel works hard to establish a more unique flavour, but it's lacking in other ways, a tonal mishmash that never quite coheres into a good movie.

On the positive side, they get Spider-man totally right. A charming, quippy goofball, he's constantly putting himself in harm’s way to protect the citizens of New York.

Why then, is Peter Parker such an insufferable jerk? He's even more self-centred this time, forever whining his feelings at people for no discernible reason. On top of absent-parent issues he has uncle issues and girlfriend issues, and they're all very boring. Andrew Garfield mumbling around his lines rather than delivering them doesn't help the already overstuffed 142-minute run time.

Emma Stone is fine as Gwen Stacy, and there's been an effort to make her more than just a girlfriend-in-peril, but it's largely perfunctory.

The villains are rendered in such broad strokes they almost belong in one of Joel Schumacher's campy Batman films, but they do provide some good entertainment. Whether it's the score breaking into Electro's personal dubstep song (complete with lyrics narrating his thoughts), or Paul Giamatti shouting as loud as he can for the entirety of his screen time, at least they're not dull.

There are stretches of the film that are lovingly-rendered CGI spectacle - acts of heroism in super slo-mo. And they are fine, and nice to look at. But a feeling of redundancy hangs over the whole thing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tries hard to justify its presence, but with far too much angst and not enough to invest in, it fails.

Guardian (UK)

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Bold and bright and possesses charm in abundance.

Total Film (UK)

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Webb’s affable sequel is tough to dislike despite its tonal whiplash and clumsy script.

Variety (USA)

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This overlong superhero sequel gets by on sound, fury and star chemistry.

Hollywood Reporter

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Emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor.

Sydney Morning Herald

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This new Spidey is a bit dull.

Empire (UK)

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A satisfying second issue with thrills, heartbreak, gasps, and a perfectly judged slingshot ending.

Electro distracts from a rom-com in costume

I'm not overly drawn to chick flicks and rom-coms, but I will say that perhaps The Amazing Spider-Man 2's greatest strength - and its greatest weakness - was the utterly adorable on-screen version of the utterly adorable romance between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The romance aspect is an upside, as it offers an easy in for this film to be charming and funny, the very things that Garfield rocked when the character made a comeback in the last film. The downside comes in when Jamie Foxx's techno-villain Electro is nothing more than a slightly odd, blue distraction. Similarly, Harry Osborn's sharp decline from a well dressed Gossip Girl extra to utter fricking lunatic was, whilst well played by Dane DeHaan, contrived and difficult to get on board with. All in all, although this film delivered similar levels of entertainment to the first outing, and although I still prefer this iteration to the Maguire era, it would have been better as simply a tales of boy meets girl, boy tries to keep girl while desperately trying to uncover the secrets of his family's past. This movie simply didn't deliver when they tried to tie those elements in with the actual plotlines of Spiderman's story. Highly watchable, yet disappointing.


The Web Gets A Little Unstuck

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ impressed the audience so much on its first outing, like comic-fans they forgave it for retroactively adjusting Spider-Man’s continuity.

With this blooming success and an audience wanting more, we see the sequel coming 2 years after the previous with it setting Spidey on a path for running into foes bigger, badder and more powerful than a giant lizard.

The primary cast returns, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone returning to the roles they almost seem born for as ‘Peter Parker’ and ‘Gwen Stacy’. Dane DeHaan of ‘Chronicle’ fame joins the franchise as ‘Harry Osborn’ with Jamie Foxx as antagonist ‘Electro’, and Sally Field again playing ‘Aunt May’.

Paul Giamatti also has a nice cameo as ‘Aleksei Stysevich’, a character who has already been confirmed by the actor to return for future films.

If you collect the entirety of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ as the result, it’s a good movie with a lot of parts coming together to make the most ‘Spider-Manny’ film we’ve seen yet.

But at the same time, it seems to fall under the same curse of Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 3’ where there is a little bit too much happening. This can disappear under the amazing cinematography of the film, which can be vertigo inducing in some scenes.

Yet it can’t escape the way it attempts to tie multiple plot-points together for it’s dramatic conclusion.

The modernization of the relationship between Peter and Gwen almost waters down what they have with one another, but again, the movie has another saving grace, with this of-course being the chemistry between Garfield and Stone.

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ is not a bad film, but it’s also not a good one. The stories torn apart could each make a good one, and this is possibly why the franchise now has 3 films coming out.

But compared to part 1, this one is like its new Spider-Suit trying to pretty up some of the webbing that becomes unstuck.


Swinging from a web...

I enjoyed the film, it did seem a little long for the story as it peters off toward the end. I enjoy Garfield as Spiderman he does well to appeal to the younger audience, it is a bit hard after having following Tobey Macguire as Spidey... None the less the story is tied together almost as well as spider man's webs. A great holiday flick for the kids and the kids inside of us all. whilst still retaining the love story between Parker and Gwen. Foxx plays his part well and another film for Giamatti for the year... maybe not his best but a well played villain he is!