The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso
While I was a huge fan of the rebooted Spider Man universe that director Marc Webb had built in The Amazing Spider Man I couldn’t help but be disappointed by the latest adventures of the masked vigilante as Webb is forced to introduce a plethora of new villains in preparation for the Sinister Six movie and while the stakes seem high for this latest outing, its all for naught in the end as the film is overstuffed and emotionally stunted.
the latest chapter follows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) as the titular creepy crawly hero as he tries to contend with protecting the city he loves from the new era of super villains while dealing with his unresolved feelings for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). However when Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) is turned into the sinister Electro he must protect those he loves while defending a city full of frightened citizens unsure that Spider Man can protect them this time as villains seem to emerge from the woodwork looking for a piece of him.
While the central story is entertaining enough with Foxx making a thoroughly likable villain the film has trouble balancing all the different story threads that the film has to contend with, like the truth behind his mother and father’s disappearance, the emergence of Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and the Green Goblin and the slow methodic plodding towards the Sinister Six. The film just has too many aspects to it that the central romance between Gwen and Peter gets lost in the shuffle.
Another problem is the fact that Peter as a character is a lot less entertaining in this instalment of the series as he flits from moapy to self righteous and back again for almost the entire run time with a few choice jokes, each of which fails to hit the mark, interspersed within. Stone however is still on top form and she makes Gwen Stacy’s story in the film seem almost poetic despite the lack of script quality.
The whole film is honestly a bit mindless with the blurred swinging and shooting distracting from the emotional core of the character and while Spider Man will always be an impressive character he just seems a little bored as if saving the world should be someone elses job and he is unfortunately just filling in