The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: While the cast is outstanding and the special effects are top-notch, the latest installment of the Spidey saga suffers from an unfocused narrative and an overabundance of characters.


Movie Info

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action/violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Pinkne, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Jeff Pinkner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2014
Box Office: $202.9M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Peter Parker/Spider-...

as Gwen Stacy

as Max Dillon/Electro

as Harry Osborn/Green G...

as Norman Osborn

as Aleksei Sytsevich

as Aunt May

as Alistair Smythe

as Donald Menken

as Mary Parker

as Richard Parker

as Dr. Ashley Kafka

as Man in Black Suit

as Young Peter Parker

as Gustav Fiers (The Ge...

as G-5 Co-Pilot

as Gwen's Cabbie

as British Desk Attenda...

as Statue of Liberty La...

as Principal Conway

as Times Square Cop

as SWAT Team Leader

as Lead Officer

as Helen Stacy

as Howard Stacy

as Philip Stacy

as Police Captain

as Bodega Cashier

as Air Traffic Controll...

as Dispatcher

as Dispatcher

as Osborn Butler

as Pilot

as NY1 News Anchor

as NY1 Reporter

as Chinese Grandpa

as Armed Robber

as Armed Robber

as Ravncroft Guard

as Ravencroft Guard

as Doctor

as OsCorp Department He...

as Times Square Bystand...

as Times Square Bystand...

as Corporate Lawyer

as Dr. Jallings, Scien...

as Dr. Jallings, Scien...

as Graduation Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

All Critics (256) | Top Critics (50)

Okay, I don't want to hang the failure of this mega-budget sequel on a single actor. It truly was a team effort. But, Garfield looks most unattractive as the webbed wonder.

Full Review… | September 6, 2014
Movie Chambers

There's a purely visual element to the storytelling that escapes many films of the genre - or, at least, everything but their action scenes.

Full Review… | August 24, 2014
The Berks-Mont News

This sequel masks the tragically personal--loss, grief, guilt--beneath sparking screwball romance. Swings a fine line between comic-book lightness and ever-approaching tragedy ... when time runs out, even for the most wise-cracking young hero.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

If the previous installment was a bit darker and more somber, this one retains some of that edge but then injects a massive dose of pure comic book joy. This is what a Spider-Man movie would look like if Marvel Studios made it...

Full Review… | August 1, 2014
Forbes

The film is a narrative disaster, but the character work is mostly solid and the terrific action scenes are worth the price of admission.

Full Review… | August 1, 2014

... pales in comparison to its predecessor as it emphasizes spectacle more than story.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014
Cinemalogue.com

Audience Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Meh. Normally Spiderman is the only one of the superhero movies I can sit through. I really liked the series with Tobey McGuire.
This version I liked less so from movie one, but still saw it and thought it was okay. Not great, but okay.
This one starts off okay but I had switched off by midpoint. (Mentally. I actually ran this movie right through). Action scenes were boring. Too long. Seen it all before and better.
Don't think I will bother seeing the third one.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

The Spider-Man is back and this time he's got a new villain to fight! The same complete principle yet again but...a different villain, or two...wash rinse and repeat. The inevitable third film will obviously see Spider-Man back fighting another entirely new villain yet exactly the same thing will happen all over again...but glossier.

OK so we know the plot (see above) but let me start by saying one thing, this film was totally a Schumacher inspired vision if ever I saw one. Case in point, the entire plot and character development for Electro. Man I couldn't believe how daft gimmicky and cliched this guy was, its like Webb literately watched 'Batman Forever' and thought it would be a good route to follow. Foxx plays the stereotypical cookie cutter comicbook type geek with goofy teeth and glasses because that must obviously mean the guy is academic. Just like Schumacher's Riddler vision Dillon loves Spidey in a creepy stalker-ish kinda way, but due to an accident that borders on Schumacher's 'Batman and Robin' offering, he gets transformed into a living electric generator, cunningly calling himself Electro.

'They should call you the amazing Spider-Man'

Now I gotta moan about this character because he's the central villain yet his entire plot development makes no sense. Why is he so mad at everybody? why does he try to kill hundreds of Gotham citizens...oops! I mean New York citizens. Are you trying to tell me that his whole reason for being a rampaging villain is simply because Spidey didn't pay attention to him and neither did anyone else?? he basically has thrown a complete hissy fit over not getting any attention?! Does this really enrage him so much that he decides to kill Spidey (despite him saving his life), lots of innocent people and blackout New York city?! Jesus bananas! well I guess he's ready for the Arkham Asylum, although I suppose that would tie in with comicbook bad guys in general lore. Oh and where the hell did he get that supervillain suit??! the supervillains R' Us superstore!

This leads me to the other villain which we see for around five minutes...Rhino. Why is this guy here? because its all a setup for the 'Sinister Six' movie of course. But is this character even needed at all within this universe? the bloke is a regular guy who wears boxer shorts with cartoon rhino's on them...does this qualify him for operating the huge metal rhino mech suit which we see at the end in dodgy CGI. Why was this guy even chosen? surely it could have literately been anyone, why bother breaking him out of jail. I also don't follow how a bloke in a simple mech suit would fit in with a supervillain team, without this suit he is utterly useless, just a regular criminal. In the comics wasn't he some kind of Hulk like character? I guess a spandex rhino suit would look too daft.

One aspect I did like was the intro of the third villain in the form of the Green Goblin. I really thought the overall portrayal of the young Osborn by DeHaan was very good, spot on for ominous smarmy and quietly disturbing...with that greasy hairstyle. I did find myself buying into his frustration at Spidey/Parker and actually rooting for him. His Goblin alter ego was also well portrayed and well designed too, the Raimi version was a decent idea that was well crafted but I'm glad to see a more classic approach this time. Would have preferred some more goblin-esque features in there though. I thought the finale battle against Spidey was excellent and its a shame we didn't see more of that frankly, loved the glider again in this, shame we still aren't seeing any pumpkin/jack O' lantern bombs though.

On the whole the film is of course extremely slick and glossy visually and I'd expect nothing less. Yes Spidey looks fantastic leaping around, yes his web swinging POV sequences are truly sexy and yes the action is impressive. Problem is there isn't very much action and I did find myself getting bored for a lot of the time. The character building between Parker and Stacy is well done and its believable...but boy is it dull. I liked how we got some back story for Parker's parents although plot holes arose. Richard Parker was working with Connors from the first film on the limb regeneration project apparently...aaaaand?? should that lead into anything or am I missing something? Plus it is really extraordinarily lucky that a genetically modified spider fused with Richard Parker's DNA should bite his son, seeing as the spiders are only encoded to Parker's bloodline. Of all the people a spider would bite eh.

I still find myself wondering what that gigantic power plant place was where Spidey fights Electro, the hell was that? looked like something outta Star Wars. I am also still confused (not being a true comicbook fanboy) at Spider-Man's powers, I know his regular powers but is he (or should he be) really as strong and powerful as say...Superman?

On the visual side this movie is solid no doubt, each comicbook movie just gets better and better, but this is far from a solid movie overall. I found it quite dull for the most part, a terrible soundtrack and score which didn't fit with most scenes, another obligatory hideous hip hop track over the end credits, more Lee cameos, a God awful self referential gag with the old Spidey theme tune and quite frankly a stunning leap backwards in the terms of comicbook movie progression because the film is basically a super slick Schumacher adaptation with all the same childish quirks. Crazy cackling evil German scientists with heavy accents torturing Electro in a laboratory full of flashing neon lights and whirring sounds? I'm surprised no one had nipples on their super suits.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Not much to be savored here. Fails to rise above mediocrity in almost every department.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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