Film review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Joseph Austin reviews Andrew Garfield’s second outing as Spider-Man.

Spidey’s never looked so good in this web-slinging sequel from aptly-named director Marc Webb.

But for all its flashy action sequences, new suit and slow-mo 3D effects, the follow-up to The Amazing Spider-Man, the not so amazingly titled The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is not as sharp in its story as it is in its looks.

But fear not, wall-crawler fans, Spidey’s latest adventure is nowhere near the dreadful realms of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.

But then again, it does swing dangerously close.

And it almost slips, before climbing to relative safety via its extremely talented cast and smart directing.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 picks up exactly where we left off in the first film, focusing on many of the same themes.

Peter Parker, AKA our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), is still deeply troubled by the mysterious past of his parents.

The film’s opening minutes enlighten us savvy Spidey fans as to how, and more importantly why, his parents decided to abandon him.

Let’s just say it seems nothing bad happens in this Spidey universe without somehow involving Oscorp; the shady and secretive multi-billion-dollar company that has its fingers in many dirty pies.

But, aside from his family issues, Peter’s other problems include living with his aunt, being skint, turning his laundry blue and red, and seeing visions of his girlfriend Gwen Stacey’s (Emma Stone) dead father.

For those who don’t remember from the first film, Peter promised Gwen’s father he’d stay away from his daughter in order to protect her from Spidey’s enemies.

However, Pete’s not doing so well at staying away.

It’s this chemistry between the two characters, and the actors who play them, which really amazes this time round.

Andrew Garfield plays Spidey with a swing and seems far more confident in the role than in the first.

Emma Stone is equally as impressive as Gwen Stacy and, rather unsurprisingly, the film’s best moments come when the two are on screen.

The same can’t really be said for Jamie Foxx’s Electro.

Lonely Oscorp employee (and Spider-Man obsessive) Max Dillon is accidentally turned into, well, electricity, after falling into a barrel of eels and electro-magnets (apparently when mixed these turn you into a super-villain).

Sounding like a badly mixed dub-step track and spawning a rather flimsy undying hatred for Spidey, Electro joins forces with Peter’s former best friend and heir to Oscorp’s fortunes, Harry Osbourne (Dane DeHaan).

Suffering from the same illness as his father, Harry needs Spider-Man’s self-healing blood cells in order to survive.

Or, a super-duper suit that looks disturbingly sinister. And rather familiar.

You can forgive this Spidey franchise for repeating some elements from Raimi’s Spider-Man films, as is inevitable with all reboots and remakes.

But at times The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does evoke (repressed) memories of the over-cluttered and thrown together Spider-Man 3.

Marc Webb does add some real feel-good moments along the way, making you remember why Spider-Man is so appealing to pretty much everybody.

With The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 4, a Sinister Six movie and a Venom spin-off film already announced by Sony, hopefully the tangled web of Spider-Man’s future will not be as sticky as it seems at the moment.