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.
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.
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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