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Spoiler-Free Quick Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2



Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Theatrical Release Date: May 2, 2014
Synopsis: Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.
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The Good

Emma Stone's performance as Gwen Stacy is spot on.

The Bad

The inclusion of multiple villains bogs down the story.

Bottom Line

Comic book and superhero movie fans are likely to be a bit underwhelmed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Posted May 13, 2014 by

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Spoiler-Free Quick Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 forgot to follow the KISS rule: Keep It Simple, Spidey.

I really enjoyed the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. And I was pretty excited when the sequel was announced.

I watched the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and got even more excited. Then came the second trailer, and my spider sense started to tingle a bit. Still, I went to the movie with cautious optimism. Could they do the main story justice while attempting to follow multiple villains?

No, not really.

Don’t get me wrong; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t a bad movie. It’s just not great. Sadly, a lot of what made the former franchise’s Spider-Man 3 so terrible is on display in The Amazing Spider-Man 2: multiple villains who never get fully developed because of their shared screen time, corny-even-by-comic-book-standards dialogue, and over-the-top acting by several of the film’s main performers.

Part of Spider-Man’s appeal is the character’s simplicity. Nerd gets bitten by spider. Nerd develops superpowers. Nerd’s arrogance gets his only father figure killed. Nerd becomes hero to redeem himself and honor his uncle’s memory. Simple. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not simple. It is convoluted, unnecessarily long, and downright boring in spots (“boring” is the word Dawn used to describe it, too).

The film’s performances are an issue, as well. Emma Stone is great as Gwen Stacy, and Dane DeHaan is compelling as Harry Osborn. Unfortunately, most of the other performances are lackluster and awkward. Even DeHaan’s performance takes a nose dive near the end of the movie.

Speaking of the end of the movie, the last ten minutes are pretty exceptional and feel much more like what I loved about the first Amazing Spider-Man. It’s just too bad that it takes so long to get there.

As I mentioned on the Review Dad Facebook page, if you do go to see Amazing Spider-Man 2, you do not need to stay all the way through the credits. There is a preview for X-Men: Days of Future Past during the credits, but no extra scene at the end.

Have you seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

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Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.