The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and several other names, was not exactly what we were hoping for this time around. This time the sequel aimed to focus itself on the growing relationship between Peter Parker and love interest, Gwen Stacy.
Andrew Garfield does a great job capturing the quirky, punk essence of both Spidey and Peter Parker, but the villains, this time around, seem a bit lackluster. There is a solid amount of Electro, but Green Goblin shows up, for a brief moment, only to put the nail in the coffin (pun not intended) for the lovely Emma Stone. In the comics, a plan, that has been years in development, takes place in a matter of five minutes. That being said, Gwen Stacy’s death scene tugged at the heart strings. Because the two young lovers have great chemistry on the big screen, it was sad to see her go.
Despite having such a messy villain-juggle, the movie delivers in the action department. The CGI on Jamie Foxx, as Electro, is well-done. There is plenty of web-slinging between the two titans, enough to make the movie enjoyable. I’m curious to see the direction they’re going to go in with The Amazing Spider-Man 3, just as long as it’s a different direction than Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3.
Wrapping things up, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a step in the dramatic direction for our friend, Spidey but it lacks in some important plot development and, at times, feels very rushed. I want to say it’s worth seeing in theaters, but don’t see it in IMAX or 3D (or both).