The web-slingin' wall-crawler hits the screens once again in this follow-up to Marc Webb's 2012 reboot of the series. Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker, who squares off against the villainous Electro, played by Jamie Foxx. Emma Stone heads up the rest of the starring cast, which includes Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, and Chris Cooper. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti
Release Date: May 02, 2014
Rated PG-13 for seq. of Sci-Fi Action/Violence
Runtime: 2 hr. 21 min.
I’ll start this review like I’ve probably started the 4 other Spider-man reviews before it. I’ll never been much a fan of the character, I’m not sure why but he’s just never grabbed my attention like DC’s Mount Olympus of heroes or the X-Men for example. I did enjoy the first two Sam Raimi and despised the third. The first film in the rebooted series didn’t hit the mark for me even though I liked Garfield and Stone in their roles. The 2nd go around doesn’t fair much better. The film suffers from some truly awful writing filled with stale dialogue and plot holes just a tad too large to ignore. It’s never a good thing when certain segments of the film remind you of 90’s era Joel Schumacher Batman films. As a whole the film feels like a throwback but not in a good way. While most superhero films are trying to infuse some deeper meaning into their stories or at the very least some fun, this one seems content to give us a few CGI heavy set pieces and the most basic of back stories for the villains and call it a day. In between this all we get an overdose of Parker and Stacy’s romance which is solid but overdone. It’s propped up by Garfield and Stone’s chemistry which makes the whole thing more watchable than it should be but they can’t save this bloated mess of a film. I personally have no problem if a film is 2 and half hours long as long as it earns that runtime, this one doesn’t come close to deserving its runtime, not by a long shot. It would have been better served with a more focused storyline and villain instead of trying to lay the groundwork for future spinoffs and sequels like the planned Sinister Six films. The Amazing Spider-man 2 is purely for diehards and anybody wanting to see Paul Giamatti scream out intelligible dialogue in a 2 minute cameo.