Staring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan
Directed by: Marc Webb
Written By: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 22 min
This is an interesting film in that it’s an odd assortment of elements that on paper should have resulted in an awful film. Two many villains, a woefully underused Paul Giamatti, paper-thin character motivations, and an illogical plot. But for all that it gets wrong, for me it got one thing crucially right. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was very entertaining!
About half way through I stopped caring about the plot connecting these characters together, and started to focus more on the individual elements of this story. I loved the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and I really enjoyed the music by Johnny Marr, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. I liked that it never seemed to take itself too seriously, and I enjoyed the overall pace of the film. There are some cool moments of humor, and great performances from the cast, especially Andrew Garfield, Sally Field and Jamie Foxx. The action is very well staged, and the finale is truly spectacular.
For me this is a step up from Marc Webb’s first effort back in 2012. Partly because he’s not forced to retell the origin story, but mostly because he seems more focused on the entertainment value of each element in this sequel. Sure, the plot is a mess, but at least it’s not boring and that’s key for a major summer Hollywood superhero flick.
If you’re a fan of Spider-Man, and the first Marc Webb film, then I have no doubt you’ll get something from this. It’s light, fun and most importantly – not boring!
Best viewing format:
I saw this in 3D and I have to admit I was impressed with how everything came together. Especially the shots of Spider-Man swinging his way around New York. I would recommend either a matinée or full price 3D showing. At home a HD showing is a must.
Best moment: <<mild spoiler >>
When Spider-Man first meets Electro, he’s forced to disengage from the fight to save some Times Square bystanders. The resulting slow motion tracking shot in and around the people and the subsequent action as Spider-Man swoops in to save the day to Hans Zimmer’s excellent theme music was a great superhero moment.