The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Review

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I love Spider-Man, he is my favourite of the Marvel superheroes so I was very excited about this and it did not disappoint. It was everything you could want in an action movie and perhaps a bit too much more. The only issue I have with it is how many story arcs it was trying to run at the same time but it didn’t ruin the experience and I found it really bloody enjoyable.

Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker and he is battling his feelings for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), trying to discover the truth behind his father’s death while saving New York City from evil. Standard. First up there’s electrician Max (Jamie Foxx), who turns into Electro following an unfortunate accident at Oscorp (always the way) and the return of Harry Osbourn (Dane DeHaan), an old friend who needs Spider-Man’s help to cure his illness.

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I cannot stress how enjoyable this is. The jokes come thick and fast, Garfield is hilarious and a joy to watch and Spider-Man has a lot of quips. I laughed out loud a number of times. However, it also manages to make me sad. Whenever Garfield got upset about Gwen or his father, I felt myself feeling emotional for him, like a plonker.

The chemistry between Emma and Andrew is palpable and they have such a great rapport on screen, it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of their lines are improvised. I liked that there was a lot of focus on their relationship but it did seem like other aspects were brushed to the side and the film was just trying to take on too much. I loved Electro, I loved Harry and would have loved to have seen more of them – they could have done with being the central villain in one film each. Don’t even get me started on Paul Giamatti’s The Rhino! I hope he gets a role in the next film otherwise I would be very angry if I was him. Very little screen time indeed.

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There isn’t much else to say to be honest. I loved it, although I just wanted more of each story arc but that would have made the running time well over 3 hours! Harry was brilliant and so captivating. He stole all his scenes and I could have watched much more. I’m glad he will be in the next movie. I think Andrew is much better this time around. I think he’s brilliant. The film has laughs, heart and plenty of fight scenes. It ticked all the boxes and I came out feeling more than satisfied. Big thumbs up.

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