The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn’t something we had great hopes for, but it managed to disappoint us anyway.
I want to like Spider-Man, but this one was overlong, couldn’t deliver the characters, and didn’t seem to want to pay any attention to anything it was doing. Like a movie with ADD, it wanted to get dozens of balls in the air at once, and then wander off to throw side plots at you that were never going to develop into anything anyway.
Worse, while the internet buzzed with fears that there would too many villains in the film, as with Spidey missteps in the past, this one actually teetered on the brink of not actually having any. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were pretty solid in the moments that didn’t particularly revolve around superhero business, but the plot didn’t really develop so much as the movie just told you what to think at certain points.
Still, there was certainly plenty to talk about… largely because we could spend a lot of time wishing things had moved in different directions.
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review