The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Review (Spoiler Free)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 With every element improved from the previous movie – Spider-Man delivers.


I really enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man two years ago, however it had its flaws with rushed emotional moments and weak villain characterisation. Happily I can say that the sequel improves upon these, and every other aspect, with the emotional moments hitting home, the main villain having a passable motivation, there are plenty of fun lines and there’s fantastic chemistry between the two leads.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield do wonders with this film, there are a lot of moments where perhaps the dialogue isn’t too fantastic and in the hands of another pair the film as a whole could come off as a lot emptier and more forgettable than it does. The two build upon the excellent onscreen relationship that they created previously, and the trials they go through personally are far more involving than the action scenes. The rest of the cast do a good job with what they are given, Jamie Fox being the stand out. He battles through some weak dialogue and works hard to really bring his character to life despite some of the script’s limitations. Other actors who I really like such as Chris Cooper aren’t really given too much to do, and Dane DeHaan’s character is unfortunately rushed, although he still does his best.

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Really this one would have benefited from being streamlined somewhat. There are several scenes such as the opening which are cool to see, but unnecessary in this overstuffed film. And so despite the script occasionally having some rather weak dialogue or rushing characters and being in need of a little editing this film is a great time at the cinema. It improves upon the first one’s failings no end, and although Mark Webb hasn’t managed to pull of Raimi’s trick of creating a classic with Spidey’s second outing,  with lead actors as good as these two and with a great sense of humour this is still a very solid superhero film.

Summary:

What is the film’s greatest strength? The chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

Its greatest weakness? Dane DeHaan storyline is just too rushed.

Would I see it again? Yes, although I think it is best experienced in the cinema.

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33 comments

  1. Abbi · · Reply

    The reviews for this film are so mixed. I really hope I get to see it while it’s still in the theatre.

    1. Hi Abbi, they certainly are quite mixed and the film certainly deserves some of the criticisms that are being chucked about, but I just really enjoyed this one at the cinema. I hope you get to see it and can weigh in on the opinions that are going around!

  2. Great review. I loved the film and thought the new lighter more comic book feel of the film made Spider-man finally feel like Spider-man.

    Very much looking forward to the next one, BRING ON SINISTER SIX! 😀

    1. Hey! Thank you, I thought a great balance was struck here between the darker and lighter aspects of the film.

      I am and am not looking forward to the next one as I can’t see it being quite as successful after the events that took place in this one.

      1. I assume you are referring to the loss of one of the films best features. Yes I’ll admit this could cause problems. However it entirely depends on who will be playing Mary J and how the chemistry between the two work.

        I am really hoping he has a thing with Black Cat in the next one though, I think it would make more sense to have a fling/naughty flirt/rebound relationship before moving onto Mary J.

        What do you think?

        1. I think you are completely right, a rebound of that kind will be far easier to accept than straight into another serious emotional relationship with MJ.

          They are going to have to work really very hard in order to make it work though… the chemistry between Stone and Grafield will be hard to match.

          1. The question is, can Andrew Garfield play a loving relationship with someone else. Or is what we saw on screen just an insight into their real life relationship. Hope he can pull it off 😀

          2. That is a good question… but I trust that he can. He seems to be a pretty capable actor!

          3. I think he can and whilst it probably won’t be quite as good as someone he actually goes out with i am sure he pull it off 😀

          4. Yeah exactly!

  3. Agree with you on the strengths and weaknesses. A lot of the plot lines were rushed and lacked a proper resolution – this undermined my enjoyment of the film a great deal. Nice review as usual Mr Rumsey!

    1. Why thank you. Yeah there were but I still had a lot of fun!

  4. Nice review mate. It was too long and all over the place at times but I still had some fun with it. I agree with the DeHaan storyline, I really liked the character but wanted to see more of him.

    1. Thanks, there was a lot going on here and yet still a fair few bits were underwritten. Still I had a lot of fun with most of the movie!

  5. Great review. I loved DeHaan but more of him would have been great. Check out my review of it on my blog. I’ll share this with everyone I know 🙂

    1. Thank you, I’ll head over to you now!

  6. Good review Rumsey. A lot is going on here, and more often than not, none of it works. However, regardless, I always had a good time and enjoyed the sheer fun and excitement Marc Webb seems to share with this material.

    1. Cheers, I think I liked it more than you although I would admit that it does have its faults. I think it mostly works except for a few odd things.
      You’re right though, Webb’s enthusiasm really shines through a lot of the time.

  7. Glad you enjoyed this one so much. I was a huge fan of the first but this one just wasn’t as good, in my opinion. I agree about Emma and Andrew; they’re fantastic! But I thought the writing was absolutely horrid!

    1. Fair enough, one of the things I thought this did much better than the first was how it handled the emotional moments. As much as I liked the previous one, the big emotional moment for Peter I thought was really badly handled and brushed over, here though I really felt it!

  8. Great review James! Definitely wish they had worked with DeHaan some more, but he was amazing for what he had to work with! I had fun with this!

    1. Cheers Zoë! Yeah, hopefully he can really shine in the next movie, and I think it will be very interesting to see how Garfield’s Peter handles the Goblin after the events of this movie!

      1. I really wonder, I think it has the potential to be great!

        1. It does have that potential… although I am going to miss a certain someone!

          1. Like WTF right?!

          2. It’s going to be hard to make the next one as emotionally centered and interesting now.

          3. I think that is going to be an issue, though Peter is going to bounce back, and he and the Goblin are going to seriously have to hash it out.

          4. Yeah it could be epic!

          5. Crossing fingers!

  9. Nice review as usual, Rumsey. I’d be interested to know how you think these films compare to the previous run of Spiderman movies with Toby Maguire, etc? I’m not a particular fan of either sets of films, but I enjoy reading your take on things 🙂

    1. Why thank you, maybe one day I’ll do a comparison post but off the top of my head my take on it is this, from best to worst:
      Spider-Man 2
      Amazing Spider-Man 2
      Amazing Spider-Man
      Spider-Man
      Spider-Man 3

      1. Cool. And somewhat reinforcing that cliche about the 2nd films in trilogies always being the best 🙂

        1. Yeah I’m not doing anything at all to disprove it there!

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