Review: "Amazing Spider-Man 2" is only occasionally amazing

Spider-Man sequel opens in theaters May 2


DETROIT – Leave it to Spider-Man to make me re-think superhero movies.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are back for the some-what anticipated sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise. As Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy, both actors bring the on-screen chemistry, but the real show stopper was Jamie Foxx's portrayal of "Electro" as the movie's main villain.

While Peter and Gwen work through their relationship problems, Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) works through his own relationship -- with Spider-Man that is. The obsessive electrician who was saved by Spider-Man just wants people to notice him. Who doesn't want that?


The plot heads in many directions and turns to multiple villains including the infamous Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). Electro is the most visible, a muscled-up and electrified character, he was truly impressive to look at, especially in 3D.

Where the movie lacks in depth and character development, it makes up for in special effects and cheesy one-liners.

It always seemed to me that Spider-Man's enemies hate him for the worst reasons. "Spider-Man didn't park between the lines, we must destroy him!"

Honestly, at what point are we going to look at super hero movies and just admit that they aren't really that great anymore.

Looking back about 10 years to Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 2" movie, highly regarded as one of the best super hero movies ever made, it's impossible to compare the two. The Peter and Gwen relationship is much more tedious than the Peter and Mary Jane relationship. It's actually extremely tiresome, like watching teenagers fight. The action scenes drag on for way too long, as producers aim for darker, apocalyptic storylines.

The problem, as the the movie reaches its end, is that the action becomes so polished that you just want it to end. So, how does this movie fare? It's just OK, which is probably enough for the business end of it.

RATING: 3.3 out of 5


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