Thursday, 7 August 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | Film Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, dir. Marc Webb, scr. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, James Vanderbilt, st. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan

Whatever may be happening offscreen with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, their light and affecting chemistry continues to be the primary draw of these new Webb-era Spider-Man reboots, despite this sequel's tendency for overstuffed storylines at the expense of character development. Indeed, at almost two and a half hours, no wonder poor Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson got axed. The stereo-villain threat from Max Dillon's Electro (Foxx) and Parker-Pal Harry Osbourn's Green Goblin (DeHaan) is poorly handled, with, in particular, an obfuscated, barely discernable reason for them to team up against Spidey other than for the screenwriters to stack the odds. I'd actually be happy to watch Garfield endearingly mumble his way through any attempt on his life completely sans costume or web-slinging, and this is certainly the goofiest we've seen Spider-Man - something that recaptures the early camp - but once again, it seems this latest attempt at the franchise has been reduced to theme-park POV thrills and spills.