I greatly enjoyed Director Marc Webb’s first Spider-Man venture into the franchise, and this follow-up certainly delivers more of the same, good and bad.

As the title suggests, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sees the Rise Of Electro, a character born from unfortunate circumstances, but unlike Peter Parker, his destiny would travel a different path. Highlighted by a thoughtful performance by Jamie Foxx, who does everything possible to establish character depth with his sympathetic portrayal.

Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who tries to juggle his crime-fighting lifestyle with his continued relationship with Gwen Stacy; once more superb acting by Emma Stone. Dane DeHaan joins the franchise as Harry Osborn, in what is undoubtedly the most polarising character of the film, though I personally like what he does here.

The film is another slow-burn, clocking in at 142 minutes, and it’s not always fast-paced action hi-jinx. Indeed, much of the plot is concerned Peter exploring his parent’s past and deciding upon his current course of action. However, when action does appear on screen, it is of the highest calibre, with some of the most dynamic sequences seen in cinema.

The movie has opportunities to take risks, but ultimately delivers a reasonably faithful story towards the Spider-Man comic world. I felt with 30 minutes to go, the story had a chance to do something very different, but the film’s constant reoccurring theme of “letting go of the past and moving on” meant there could only be one possible ending.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an appropriate continuance to the franchise and though it fails to reach the heights of the previous movie, it still manages to deliver an enjoyable experience. Ironically, we wont be able to adequately judge this chapter of the trilogy until the completion of the next film, for it’s all up to The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to capitalise on all the ground work built thus far.

score: 7.5 out of 10.


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