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Spider-Man returns to theaters for another installment. But is it any good?
Director: Marc Webb.
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Sally Field.
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.
Plot: Embracing his responsibilities as Spider-Man, Peter Parker struggles to stabilize his life. The birth of a new villain, Electro, pushes Peter’s spider abilities to their limits. When an old friend resurfaces (Harry Osborn), Peter discovers his parent’s disappearance and his foes have something in common: Oscorp.
I won’t pull any punches. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a mix of everything you want in a Spider-Man film and what you don’t want in a Spider-Man film. In short, it gets several things right, while other elements hold the flick back.
Andrew Garfield once again owns the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. As Spider-Man (much like in the comics) he can’t quit with the quips, and as Peter he is quirky and convincing running the full range of emotions. Emma Stone brings the right blend of intelligence and loveliness to Gwen Stacey. She is a smart, resourceful character who offers more to Spider-Man than merely a damsel in need of rescuing.
Garfield and Stone’s onscreen chemistry can also be counted in the plus category. We really get a sense of how deeply Peter and Gwen care for each other and genuinely seem elated when together. Maybe it’s due to the couple’s real life romance, still the audiences’ benefit just the same. Sally Field’s Aunt May has limited screen time, but that hardly stops her from having a heartfelt impact. It’s great to see her have a moment to put her impassioned foot down.
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