In spite of its lame title, and sequel status, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has a good shot at being one of the best blockbusters of the summer. While 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” was still in the shadow of the Tobey Maguire “Spider-Man”, its sequel makes the original trilogy a distant memory.
One of the most endearing aspects of Spider-Man story (and the Marvel universe, really) is its balance of the serious and darker subject matter with smart humor. It never takes itself too seriously, but it also knows when it’s time to be serious. This film continues that tradition.
While the series overall is a little darker and grittier than it’s predecessor, Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man has a lightheartedness that never really came through in Maguire’s performance. He really is your “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.”
He also gets some help from his co-star, the always entertaining Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. She adds her own intelligent humor, as well as some emotional depth (no spoilers here), that truly makes the movie come together.
Of course, what makes or breaks a successful comic book film is its villain, and this movie has three — Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), Electro (Jamie Foxx), and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Usually, that would be the kiss of death for any blockbuster, but especially for a sequel.
Thankfully, they make it work by sharing the load instead of fighting for screen time or trying to outshine the actual star of the film (hint: his name is in the title).
At the risk of overselling it, this might be the best Spider-Man film so far, but it’s definitely the best in the re-imagined series. The first film has its merits, and is by no means bad, but the series hits its stride in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Fans of the comics and films will not be disappointed.
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