The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (12A)

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Sun Apr 15 2012

Spider-Man has always been the people’s superhero. He’s a high-school dweeb whose supernatural powers allow him to fight crime but don’t offer him any help at all in dealing with the everyday problems of being a teenager. Girls, friends, parents, authority – he’s on his own.

It’s this intimate side of the webslinging wonder that clearly appeals to both director Marc Webb and his star Andrew Garfield. Like the first film in this rebooted series, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ is as much about a boy growing up as it is about heroes and villains. The problem is that these two aspects are equally key in creating a satisfying blockbuster – and they can’t find a way to reconcile them.

The result is an overlong, at times almost plot-free soap opera that introduces a wealth of characters and dips into a wide variety of subplots but never comes together as a story. We find Spidey late for his high-school graduation (thanks, of course, to a truckload of stolen plutonium) and questioning whether he’s ready to go out into the big wide world of commitment and responsibility. But it’s not long before other, more life-threatening concerns arise in the form of Jamie Foxx’s recluse-turned-power-conductor Electro and Dane DeHaan’s childhood buddy-turned-spoilt rich kid Harry Osborn.

DeHaan is by far the best thing here, and his scenes with Garfield have an integrity lacking elsewhere. Foxx, too, is very watchable: the effects make-up is spectacular and his character is intriguingly downtrodden, if dubious in its portrayal of the mentally ill.

However, much about ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ doesn’t work. Garfield aims for dorky and loveable but comes close to smug; Emma Stone, as his squeeze Gwen, gets too little to do; the big action sequences are perfunctory, confusing and too infrequent. Those who made the first movie such a huge success will doubtless find much to enjoy here, while others will find themselves longing for the boldness, scope and wit of ‘The Avengers’.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Apr 18, 2014

Duration:

142 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Marc Webb

Screenwriter:

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci

Cast:

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan

Cinemas showing The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Backyard Cinema

Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF Show map/details

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    Backyard Cinema Camden Lock Place
    London
    NW1 8AF

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  • Thu Sep 4:

    • 21:00

Vue Shepherd's Bush

West 12 Shopping & Leisure Centre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8PP Show map/details

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    Vue Shepherd's Bush West 12 Shopping & Leisure Centre
    Shepherd's Bush Green
    London
    W12 8PP

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    www.myvue.com

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    1. Vue Shepherd's Bush
      • West 12 Shopping & Leisure Centre
        Shepherd's Bush Green
        London
        W12 8PP
      • www.myvue.com
      • 51.503764,-0.21877
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  • Thu Jul 31:

    • 10:00

Vue Westfield Stratford City

2 Stratford Place, Stratford, London, E20 1EJ Show map/details

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    Vue Westfield Stratford City 2 Stratford Place
    Stratford
    London
    E20 1EJ

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    www.myvue.com

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    Tube: Stratford

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    1. Vue Westfield Stratford City
      • 2 Stratford Place
        Stratford
        London
        E20 1EJ
      • www.myvue.com
      • 51.544282,-0.006328
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  • Thu Jul 31:

    • 13:00

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This has everything you will want from a movie !!! If your F@@@ing 6 yrs old