The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Marc Webb (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Thankfully, Andrew Garfield looks a bit less smug in the role of Peter Parker as Marc Webb's sequel turns a shade darker, but once he puts on the Spider suit, it's a different story. That's a problem for Webb, as he tries to balance comedy, pathos and action in a sprawling plot that brings our hero face-to-face with skeletons in the family closet as well as an eerily blue-lit Jamie Foxx as Electro. The latter threatens to throw New York into darkness, and his powers overwhelm Spider-Man in their first spectacular encounter in Times Square. Meanwhile there's push and pull of a different kind with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and childhood pal Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who finally inherits his father's biomedical corporation. DeHaan's Osborn, slowly twisted by fear and loneliness, is a standout performance. Unfortunately, Garfield cannot match Tobey Maguire's vulnerability as Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's closely preceding franchise, and this takes some of the heft out of later scenes. This proved to be the best we saw of Webb's saga as it took him a while to get into the swing of things.



Cast & Crew

Peter Parker / Spider-Man Andrew Garfield
Gwen Stacy Emma Stone
Max Dillon / Electro Jamie Foxx
Harry Osborn / Green Goblin Dane DeHaan
Norman Osborn Chris Cooper
Richard Parker Campbell Scott
Mary Parker Embeth Davidtz
Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino Paul Giamatti
Donald Menken Colm Feore
Aunt May Sally Field
Dr Kafka Marton Csokas
Alistair Smythe B J Novak
Felicia Hardy Felicity Jones
Man in black suit Louis Cancelmi
Gustav Fiers (The Gentleman) Michael Massee
Graduation guest Stan Lee
Director Marc Webb
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: May be edited for violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Apr 2014