Andrew Garfield dons the spandex again to return as the ‘friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man’ and face Jamie Foxx’s Electro.
After reading and hearing other reviews on this movie I wasn’t expecting too much and maybe that’s why I was so pleasantly surprised.
Andrew Garfield is perfect for the role of the web slinger and never disappoints in delivering a few chuckles as he hands out witty remarks to his foes during battles. Obviously, this is all light relief but it never feels too cheesy and the film manages to jump between serious and light-hearted entertainment effortlessly.
The action is a lot more structured this time round, with large set-pieces being fewer and far between, giving chance for the story elements to give purpose to those large set pieces.
The effects as usual are of a very high standard and they don’t feel like overkill as they can often do in this age of the superhero movie. The action in the opening sequence and Times Square scene specifically stand out as exciting and original in design.
As ever, the Spider-Man franchise manages to create villains who you may feel compassion for as their situations are usually created out of bizarre circumstance, but ultimately they end up becoming someone who you will have mixed emotions for as their evil nature eventually becomes apparent.
Jamie Foxx is your main villain in this film and without going in too much plot there are others too. People have complained about this aspect but in reality it all comes together well for the finale. Foxx provides the template to be Electro but the special effects make him look menacing and dangerous.
Sally Field is the unsung hero of the film as the tender moments between her and Andrew Garfield are carefully and gracefully crafted. Meanwhile, Garfield and Emma Stone’s real life relationship can be spotted a mile off thanks to their natural chemistry on screen.
There are a few plot holes and questions that did come to mind watching the film but in reality you can do that with most movies these days. Especially ones about people with superpowers but hey, that’s not how they’re supposed to be viewed.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great follow up which I preferred over the original and it does well to continue the narration of Peter Parker. More films will come and they have plenty of material to follow up with thanks to the events of this film.
After the positive steps taken throughout this movie I might be one to help with hyping of the third.