Not good when my mind drifted during the movie to the mantra “Where is Tobey?” This version of Spider-Man, although more accurately depicting the comics, is juvenile, goofy, and predictable.
Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man / Peter Parker, and is VERY busy saving almost everyone who needs saving in the metropolis. He is also still dating Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) even though her father haunts Peter’s memories (remember he promised her dying father not to involve Gwen in his life).
Well……things become bumpy for the two lovers as Peter decides to uphold his promise.
But the movie would not be a Spider-Man movie without villains. We have several showing up in this near re-hash of a Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movie: Harry Osborn takes over control of Oscorp (and becomes the Green Goblin at the end….oh, spoiler), lowly nerd engineer at Oscorp, Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), idolizes Spidey until a laboratory accident turns him into a hateful Electro. In a minor role, Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevitch has a brief fling in a monster suit to fight Spider-Man.
To inject humor into the movie (I do not know why they felt the need to overdo it), they turned Spider-Man into a stand-up comic throwing out one-liners as he did his thing. Some of the one-liners are funny, but, many are simply stupid and cringe-worthy.
The computerized action sequences are outstanding. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is good for the whole family as long as the comic book action is not too intense for the little ones. It is a bit long, and a bit goofy. I like the more subtle humor of the Tobey Spider-Man’s.
True to the comics (according to my source on this matter)…a main character dies in this movie.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.