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Jamie Foxx
Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone

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Roberto Orci
Jeff Pinkner.
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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Plot
When Max Dillon (Foxx) is transformed into living electricity by an industrial accident, Peter Parker (Garfield) — aka Spider-Man — protects New York City from his rages. Having sworn to keep his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Stone) out of Spider-Man’s dangerous business, Peter struggles with their relationship, but Gwen is determined not to let him make decisions for her.


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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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Cynics suspected The Amazing Spider-Man hastily rebooted a franchise (which had stalled thanks to the compromised Spider-Man 3) mostly to retain the lucrative rights to a property which would otherwise revert to Marvel. Marc Webb confounded them by delivering a different take on the comic books with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as an engaging, funny couple. Ever since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created the property, Spider-Man has straddled genres — sci-fi superheroics and grounded teen soap opera — and Webb’s cleverest move was to play the angst lightly and let the kids have fun.

Unhindered by any need to rehash bitten-by-a-radioactive-spider or guilt-over-the-dead-uncle issues, this allows the brush-haired Garfield and sweetly determined Stone to play out a far more nuanced and complex relationship. The strength of this series’ conception of Gwen, as opposed to the dangle-and-wait-for-rescue women of previous Spider-Movies, is that she insists on being an active participant in the heroics. This is now even thornier since Peter promised her dead dad (a glowering Denis Leary shows up as a ghostly rebuke) he’d keep her safe. Emma Stone is the Heath Ledger of this series, doing something unexpected with an easily dismissed supporting character. Awards voters somewhere must note that she’s made a love interest Marvel killed off in 1973 as relevant and potent as, say, Black Widow or Mystique — maybe more so in that Gwen’s only (not inconsiderable) superpowers are intelligence and kindness.

This follows the superhero first sequel pattern — as seen in everything from The Dark Knight to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, indeed, Spider-Man 2 — of being longer, with more spectacular action, more complex character interplay, more confident effects (web-swinging in 3D works because buildings give a perspective which sells the process better than in flying scenes), and more flamboyant villains. Ultimately, it’s also much tougher on the hero to propel him into further adventures. A lesson has been learned in that a plot which seemed as if it could get into the tangle that undid Spider-Man 3 (too many damn villains) is paced much better, with overlapping origins for Electro and a Goblin of sorts so that action scenes build emotionally rather than simply go on and on.

If Jamie Foxx overplays his pre-Electro nerdiness, his increasingly alienated and demented super-threat serves to highlight the way Peter hasn’t become a monster despite the accumulated personal losses and resentments. Dane DeHaan makes Harry Osborn a fresh character, just this side of smarmy as he goes off the deep end — a super-villain who’s also a sickly 20-year-old capable of lying on a sofa crying when he doesn’t get his way. Paul Giamatti is also fun as bonus-round thug the Rhino.

After Man Of Steel, note the way the set-pieces emphasise that Spider-Man’s instinct during a monster rampage is to protect innocent bystanders before clobbering the bad guy. The little kid he saves from bullies is perhaps the most crucial walk-on in the series (even more than Stan Lee), figuring in a stirring last minute of stepping-up-to-the-plate heroism. The final third is tonally awkward, but big reveals will resonate into Amazing Spider-Man 3 — some controversial, but all powerfully played.


Verdict
A few too-broad gags aside — and even these are in the funky spirit of ’60s Marvel — this is a satisfying second issue with thrills, heartbreak, gasps, and a perfectly judged slingshot ending.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Yes they are many problems, But i must say, Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man is (in my opinion) unquestionably better than the Teary McWhiner's Spider Man. And (Obviously) Emma Stone is a great girlfriend to Peter Parker than that annoying prick of Mary Jane! And I dare say it. The new one's are better than the old ones! ... More

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Posted by Darren47 at 23:39, 02 July 2014 | Report This Post


Uneven

Certainly better then Spiderman 3 but not as good as Spider Man 2 the Peter and Gwen love troubles bogs the film down and the finale is too rushed . Rhino was wasted and needed his own film and Harry Osborne was the best thing in the movie, Jamie Foxx was great although it does need to get back on track with the next one. ... More

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Posted by WozisWoz at 11:05, 30 May 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Just like the comics I read as a kid

Is this film entirely CGI? Looks like it from the trailer, looks shite ... More

Posted by SQUATCH at 10:23, 29 May 2014 | Report This Post


Just like the comics I read as a kid

Thoroughly enjoyed this, although unless Marton Csokas and Paul Giamatti are desperately short of work, this film was something of a trailer for future instalments. Jamie Foxx plays the pre-Electro part well enough, but he's almost as unconvincing as a downtrodden nerd as Arnie or the Rock would be! ... More

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Posted by Belisarius0365 at 21:02, 12 May 2014 | Report This Post


A More Authentic Feel

Even though I agree that the villains could have been developed better, this film brings out a move authentic comic book feel. It almost feels like a separate entity to the first The Amazing Spider-Man. I go into more detail on my blog if you want to check it out http://www.jeanmess.com/the-amazing-spider-man-2-review / ... More

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Posted by JeanMess at 04:18, 07 May 2014 | Report This Post


just Amazing

This Movie was just a goods movie, ... More

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Posted by soulfood at 16:10, 04 May 2014 | Report This Post


RAIMI'S SPIDERMAN 2 IS STILL THE BEST....

What works: •The first Spidey to be filmed almost entirely in New York ( It all looks great ). Tons more action ( the Sinister Six movie might actually be worth the wait ). What DOESN’T work: •Electro. Jamie Foxx plays the part like Jim Carrey’s Ed Nygma from Batman Forever, but his transformation into the leading villain doesn’t fully convince. •Rhino. I hope Paul Giamatti gets more to do in the next one because his role is nothing more than a glor... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 17:48, 02 May 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Dull as the proverbial ditch water.

Enjoyed it, but it is a mess for sure. Thinking on it I probably enjoyed the first one more, but I suppose this trumps it in terms of action. ... More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 12:18, 02 May 2014 | Report This Post


Dull as the proverbial ditch water.

I really wanted to love this, I tried so hard. BUT Just like the first, the film wastes it great cast on a lack-luster story and script meaning despite their best efforts its impossible to care about anyone in it. The villains motivations are so contrived and arbitrary that its tough to buy them too, which is a huge shame as Dane De Haan shows great promise as Harry. Plus its suffering from a huge identity crisis. It wants to be Nolan dark but Wheedon fun and it falls between the st... More

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Posted by spideed2 at 12:36, 01 May 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Quite Wondefrul - Roll on Spidey 3,4,5,6 etc

A slight improvement on the previous movie but not by much.Too long, pretty boring in places, too many villains/storylines, and another bad performance from Jamiee Foxx. The action and fx were pretty good though and Garfields Spidey wasnt the massive twat he was in the first movie. Raimis Spider Man 2 is still easily the best Spidey movie. ... More

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Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:19, 30 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Quite Wondefrul - Roll on Spidey 3,4,5,6 etc

I really enjoyed this, thought it was a great sequel and better than the first movie. I think this is the best out of the 5 Spiderman movies thus far to be honest. ... More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 13:06, 29 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Quite Wondefrul - Roll on Spidey 3,4,5,6 etc

Must admit I was looking forward to this tonight after enjoying the first one. I thought it was actually rather dull. Far too much romance and cheesy false bonding, play acting between Spidey, Gwen and Harry. Electro was really wasted too. This should be two stars at the most. They should try working on the script a bit more and try make us care about the characters. At the end when Spidey comes back I was like "Meh" ... More

Posted by Private Hudson at 22:08, 28 April 2014 | Report This Post


Quite Wondefrul - Roll on Spidey 3,4,5,6 etc

After the desperate dirges that were Thor 2 and Captain America 2, finally we have an action packed hero sequel worthy of the Marvel badge. Well done all and especially to Emma Stone, who just captivated me for the whole movie. Bravo! ... More

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Posted by Azzurro06 at 10:32, 26 April 2014 | Report This Post


can marvel buy spider-man please, because sony are cocking it up

This film is an absolute mess, not terrible, it’s just a mess. The first film lacked the fun and excitement of Raimi’s masterful films (which these will never get close to emulating), to its credit this does up the action but it borders on nonsensical. So much time is focused on the relationship between Peter and Gwen that none of the films 3 villains are developed in any way, meaning you watch completely baffled at who these people actually are (like why the hell is Harry Osborn so ... More

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Posted by jordieb at 03:26, 26 April 2014 | Report This Post


it was shit and lasted ages and didnt end properly.

That spiderman kid never gets hat hair. He is rad fit though for a geezer init. if i had a gash id be all over that like a drunk middle aged woman at a friends wedding. Fuck that golem kid though, why does he keep rocking up in shit? if he went to my school hed have got decked and thrown in the gay germs bush. He just cuts about being a cunt for a bit then gets a hoverboard from nowhere and kicks off cause hes a dick. Also Kanye west was a shit electro that doesnt make sense and all his powers a... More

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Posted by RLTShirley at 23:34, 25 April 2014 | Report This Post


Stop making Spider-man movies

WOW! Talk about remakes. When Sony first announced a reboot I thought, great a fresh look. But, unfortunately, it is the exact same story as Spider-man 2, just with different bad guys. Plus, I think, in terms of villains it is a huge step backwards. Jamie Foxx and DeHaan are ridiculously poor AND enough said of "Rhino". There was no need for such an iconic villain to be portrayed so badly. I only give this one star because Garfield and Stone are so good in the roles. But until they can... More

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Posted by J_BUltimatum at 20:57, 25 April 2014 | Report This Post


Stop making Spider-man movies

WOW! Talk about remakes. When Sony first announced a reboot I thought, great a fresh look. But, unfortunately, it is the exact same story as Spider-man 2, just with different bad guys. Plus, I think, in terms of villains it is a huge step backwards. Jamie Foxx and DeHaan are ridiculously poor AND enough said of "Rhino". There was no need for such an iconic villain to be portrayed so badly. I only give this one star because Garfield and Stone are so good in the roles. But until they can... More

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Posted by J_BUltimatum at 19:26, 25 April 2014 | Report This Post


THRILLING Sequel!!!

Director Marc Webb builds on this new rebooted franchise with "electrifying" (sorry for the pun) confidence in this action packed sequel to the amazing Spiderman. What's really nice is once again the characters are well acted and the blossoming romance on and off for Peter and Gwen is handled with great care and attention by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone,...you really do feel for them throughout the movie which was the same surprise I had with the first outing for this reboot. And there i... More

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Posted by Ramone87 at 18:19, 24 April 2014 | Report This Post


VERY kind review

After being pleasantly surprised by Webb's first Spidey movie, was optimistic about this. Stupid and illogical character choices, underdeveloped villains (Electro, don't get me started on Rhino), over-reliance on the (sub-standard) CGI (see above). I thought Kim would see through this. A real let down. ... More

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Posted by Hawros at 13:01, 23 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Peter Parker is continuing to fight crime as Spider-Man. Haunted by a promise he made to her father, he can’t commit to Stacey, who breaks up with him. He pursues and apprehends Aleksei Sytsevich, who attempted to steal a truck containing plutonium vials. During the chase, Spider-Man rescues Oscorp Industries employee Max Dillon. Peter’s childhood friend Harry Osborn returns to New York to see his terminally ill father Norman, the CEO of Oscorp Industries. Norman explains his illness is here... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 17:05, 21 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I would give 4 out of 5 stars. Andrew Garfield is great in this movie. However, Jamie Foxx doesn't really fit his character. Also, I think that Mark Webb could have try to avoid some of the teenage romance dialogue between main actors. CGI is stunning. Andrew is a lot better Spiderman than Tobey, but I would really love to see Gordon-Levittpiderman ... More

Posted by Mrs.Starbuck at 16:20, 21 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

L: Rgirvan44 Why are the writers of this and Star Trek Into Darkness obsessed with magic blood? t's Orci and Kurtzman at work again, papering over the cracks in their dire stories with yet more deus ex machina laziness and trying to creatively kill another franchise! (Anyone on US pace for Arrow might agree that show's going down the same lines too!) ASM2 is OK, nothing more. But it's as if Sony's solution for getting films into the cinema quickly is to cut and paste from the 3r... More

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Posted by BelfastBoy at 11:21, 21 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

A decent addition to the franchise. Hardly groundbreaking in any respect but hugely enjoyable. I'm looking forward to catching it again soon. b] >/b] >/b] > /b] > ... More

Posted by Macavity at 10:46, 21 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Aren't we all? ... More

Posted by horribleives at 08:55, 21 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Why are the writers of this and Star Trek Into Darkness obsessed with magic blood? ... More

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