The Amazing Spiderman 2 is a good movie with a great love story. For some reason, the romantic relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in these last two Spiderman films have touched me more emotionally than any regular film. I don’t know what it is about the chemistry of those two, but they really work for me and tug on my heartstrings; however, this is a movie about Spiderman, not romance!
Does the Amazing Spiderman 2 deliver the goods? I have to admit it is a mixed bag. The first Amazing Spiderman felt fresh and exciting, but this version excluding the romance, seemed a little slow, light on action and gave me the feeling I was watching one of the Batman films from the late 80s and early 90s. As a matter of fact, the character Max Dillon (Jamie Fox) who eventually turns into Electro, seems like he was ripped right from the script of Batman Forever. His bumbling, ostracized character is exactly the same as Edward Nygma who becomes the Riddler in Batman Forever. Spiderman battles Electro throughout the film, and for a small portion of time, the Green Goblin and then for a few seconds the Rhino. In putting together a good love story, the writers and directors skimped out on the action and left me wanting a lot more. Andrew Garfield does bring us a fun Spiderman however, who is full of wise cracks and jokes just like the comics, but it is not enough.
With Marvel upping the stakes with movies like Captain America, Thor and the Avengers, and with DC kicking out an awesome Superman film, Spiderman has some big shoes. This film felt a little outdated.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 is a decent film, but it can’t hold a candle to Captain America 2: Winter Soldier.