Yeah so we all know the deal with Spidey, no? He's was bitten by a mutant spider and got spidey-powers with which he solves minor league crime in New York City. In this reboot sequel he's played by Andrew Garfield as a mumbling charismatic nerd which is just about perfect. He's in love with Gwen Stacey but thinks they shouldn't date because he might put her in danger - foreshadowing anyone? Meanwhile his friend Harry Osborn is dying of a genetic disease and wants to inject himself with Spidey-blood to save his life. Because that will go well. Meanwhile, Harry's employee, a nerd played by Jamie Foxx, has had a massive electric shock that has turned him into, you guessed it, Elektro!
Everything about this Sony produced sequel feels second-rate when compared to Marvel comic book movies. It's not that it's bad. In fact, it's a lot better than the Tobey Maguire movies. For a start it has an amazing cast - everyone just feels more committed and acting their pants off - just compare Dale deHaan as Harry Osborn with James Franco, who looked bored and embarrassed to even be in a comic book movie. It's just that it feels a bit mechanical - a bit Tab A into Slot B. The effects are all big and glossy but left me uninvolved. The only reason to watch this movie is the Gwen-Peter relationship which really is heartfelt. And that suggests to me that what you need to do is wait for this film to come out on DVD and then fast forward through the action sequences.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 142 minutes. The movie is on global release.
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