The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Marc Webb (2014)

12 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.


The webslinging hero battles a powerful new enemy when a downtrodden engineer develops lethal electrical powers, which he unleashes on those he believes have betrayed him. As if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, he faces an even greater threat when he is reunited with an unstable old friend who has been charged with a sinister mission by his dying father, leading to a series of tense confrontations that threaten to change his life for ever. Superhero adventure sequel, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan.

Cast & Crew

Peter Parker/Spider-Man Andrew Garfield
Gwen Stacy Emma Stone
Max Dillon/Electro Jamie Foxx
Harry Osborn/Green Goblin Dane DeHaan
Felicia Felicity Jones
Aleksei Sytsevich Paul Giamatti
Norman Osborn Chris Cooper
Aunt May Sally Field
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