These films don't seem to be doing well, which is a shame because the cast is far better than the previous films, and personally I get more involved in Peter and Gwen's love story than I do in most other love stories. Their scenes together are very good. Such good chemistry, and a director that obviously likes dealing with the subject of love and relationships.
A kind of compendium of superhero movies, but drawn halfheartedly and seemingly in haste; the angsty hero with a childhood trauma, villains who Just Want To Be Loved, and a host of other clichés that would be less evident if the material was made with vigour or at least some level of competence.
While this sequel surpasses the original in some aspects, Amazing Spider-Man 2 is kind of a mess from a story perspective, sort of flat and underdeveloped at points, especially considering its running time. The villains aren't built so well but just like the original the cast works together just as well if not better this time around. While I was never amazed it definitely has a hell of a lot of heart.
Seems like a whole lot of filler to get to a dazzling killer final half hour. Effects work is pretty seamless but the story certainly needed some extra work. Any hint of darkness has been removed and the wiseacre humour evident in the previous incarnation seems to make a somewhat unwelcome return. No one gets to shine this time around though the chemistry between Garfield and Stone is still stellar. A comedown.
It didn't learn from its predecessor's mistakes, namely Sam Raimi's disastrous third installment. Too many plots, too many villains, too much of everything except what really matters. Still, DeHaan showed yet again the actor he can become and the film does carry an interesting moral premise which pays off in a devastating way.