The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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His greatest battle begins.

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.

Not That Amazing

I must admit I'm not the biggest Spiderman fan at the best of times, but this film was ultimately forgettable with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone the best thing in it. Disappointing.

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Good movie

Not a complete waste of time, liking Garfield in the role of Peter Parker/Spiderman.


To slow

Fell asleep in this

Movie dragged on to long


It's average

Let me begin this by saying I am not familiar with the original Spider-Man story from the comic books. I am indifferent to comics, which is probably the reason why I am outcasted by the plethora of fans who are infatuated with such franchises as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers etc. All through my childhood I have never experienced an interest in such things. With that being said, the only knowledge I have of the Spider-Man story and character has been gained from the original franchise, and the seminal entry of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. This is where my review stems from.

Something I have noticed throughout every Spider-Man filmed made is that Spidey, out of all the other superheroes, is the most genuine. I can relate with him. I can envy him. He is the superhero I would most like to be. Young, witty, level-headed. When he is portrayed by Andrew Garfield, he’s given attractiveness and charisma. In my opinion, he is more a human superhero than Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark. Stark, despite his ostentatiousness and impulsiveness, is damn near perfect. He is almost an unrealistic human being. No one can be that smart, that good looking, that successful, surely?

In every comic book movie franchise (excluding Nolan’s Batman series), what is lacking are interesting villains. Villains need to be central characters, along with the hero. Superhero films need to set an equilibrium that establishes both the hero and the villain as important; both as interesting and captivating as the other. In this sequel we get Electro. Played by Jamie Foxx, he is an electrical engineer with an unhealthy obsession with Spider-Man who works for Oscorp Industries. He is instructed to fix a mechanical problem within the building, and in the process he accidentally falls into a tank of genetically modified electric eels. They transform him into a living electrical generator. Any power socket, any electrical device he touches only makes him stronger. Oh, and he can fly and turn invisible, of course. His jealousy and envy of Spider-Man turns into violent hatred, and he would now rather see him dead than see him at his birthday party.

Another plot in the movie is the one involving Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn. Harry assumes the role of running Oscorp after his father, Norman Osborn, dies from terminal illness. Norman tells Harry his disease is hereditary, and Harry thinks the only thing that will cure him is the blood of Spider-Man.

The film focuses on both stories equally, and thus the movie is overstuffed with characters and story lines which creates a tiring running time. If Spider-Man isn’t fighting Electro, then he’s spending time with Harry as he tries to convince him to acquire Spider-Man’s blood. If he isn’t doing that, then he’ll be arguing with his girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) about whether they’re better off together or apart. If he isn’t doing that, he leisurely swings from building to building, saving kids from bullies. If he isn’t doing that, he’s arguing with his Aunt May over who’s doing the laundry. He can’t catch a break.

The action sequences are spectacular. The CGI is top-notch, and the soundtrack is darker and intense. Like most superhero movies (IMO), they’re better when no one is talking. They’re better when sparks are flying and people are hurting each other. And this is just another example. Marc Webb (ironically named, I know), directs with great technical ability and the fight scenes are truly exhilarating. There are some witty moments, and Stone and Garfield share great chemistry, but it’s just too much of a muchness. Too many characters, too many storylines. There’s a lot going on here, and it doesn’t work in the movie’s favour. But if you’re a Spidey, comic book, or just an action movie fan, this movie will satisfy you. That’s only if your ass doesn’t get too sore.


Huge disappointment

This convoluted mish mash did not seem to learn from the mistakes of Spider-Man 3. Pick your villain and stick to them. Overcrowded, this film didn't know if it was focusing on romance or action. Nothing flowed, seemingly chop and changing with every scene.

Even though it started strong, it never picked back up after falling flat. Very little time spent getting to know the villains or even their purpose and drive.

The great chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield could not carry it this time.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Rushed into production before Sony lost the rights. The Amazing Spider-Man was a flawed yet fun Spidey movie. This sequel however, a huge disappointment. It has it's moments, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers from a lengthy, overstuffed 142-minute running time. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have great chemistry, but Peter Parker comes across as creepy, obsessing over Gwen Stacy, stalking her. Dane DeHaan is a good actor, and I liked him as Harry Osborn and Green Goblin. Jamie Foxx was very good as Electro. His character Max Dillon, is an unnoticed loser who loves Spider-Man. Foxx makes the character almost sympathetic. Paul Giamatti feels like he belongs somewhere in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. Giamatti plays Alekski Sytsevich or The Rhino, an embarrassing Russian stereotype who shouts a lot. The film constantly shifts tone and has a clumsy script. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a visual spectacle, but has few action and thrills. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Dane DeHaan give it there best. But The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the most disappointing movie of the year so far, and proof why only Marvel Studios should make Marvel superhero movies.


Action Driven movie

This is fantastic recommend it to any one who likes marvel movies. 5 stars


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.