The Amazing Spider-man 2 is fun and well-acted, but it spun too many webs to deal with and becomes a forgettable overstuffed mess.

>It’s great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. [Sony Pictures]

The sequel carries on the emotional drift of the first, with Peter Parker facing his inner conflict between desire and duty. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone has great chemistry and you’ll end up rooting for them.  The rest of the cast is also great, with Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx elevating simplistic villains.

The web-slinging aerial sequences this time around is immersive. In one scene you get to have a first person point of view as if someone attached a Go Pro to Spider-man’s suit. The accompanying soundtrack, given that the villain is Electro, is amped up.

However as the film progresses the plot traipses around the main narrative. Apart from a new villain, its a mixed bag of subplots from back stories. There’s still the complications of Parker’s parents, the media backlash, a borderline rom com love story, and the BFF turned nemesis. The dialogues are expositions.

Without a cohesive plot, I didn’t find anything memorable from the story. It didn’t help that Spider-man this time around is a smarmy jerk, which derails its supposed dramatic intentions. The action also becomes repetitive (although this time around the damage is in a wider scale and the city gets pummeled).

In the end, the movie predictably sets-up the next installment and remind us that this is a franchise, wasting a dramatic turn of events that could have at least got it back on track.

One thing that the Amazing Spider-man manages to do though, is maintain the realism that its predecessor aimed for. Our superhero keeps the world safe, but at whose expense?

My Rating: 7/10

Concept Art by Matt Taylor

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