The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field. The performances in this film were all varied but brilliantly performed. Garfield showed appropriate earnestness. Stone was captivating, she gave this character a tough core of intelligence and wit. DeHaan was wonderfully debonair and Giamatti conveyed verve. However, Electro was a curiously meager and a more depressing character than his predecessor; I pitied him, but I did not fear him nor find him necessary for this film. The genius of Jamie Foxx is all but swallowed up in the paraphernalia of the role. But, it proved to me one thing; he is a good contender for the role of Spawn in Todd McFarlane's reboot of Spawn, to be released in 2015 (hopefully).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 mostly just plods and lacks humor. For every slam-bang action sequence, there are far too many sluggish scenes. It’s missing the centrifugal threat of Rhys Ifans’ character, ultimately the three villains here don’t add up to one Lizard. Marc Webb overreached his grasp by allowing so many villains to roam in one flick. Especially with the Green Goblin is one bad guy too many. Easily the most complex and deftly orchestrated superhero epic ever filmed. However, the enormous amount of characters, action and sci-fi superhero plot going on in this film, the movie feels weighted down, tedious or boring. The script is busy with so many supporting characters and plot detours that the series' charming idiosyncrasy is sometimes lost in the noise. It will be a challenge for the filmmakers and the studio to fix the clusterf*** they have created. To conclude, the film is a mess. Having too many villains, subplots, romantic misunderstandings, conversations and street crowds looking high into the air and shouting 'oooh!' this way, then swiveling and shouting 'aaah!' that way.
Simon says The Amazing Spider-Man 2 receives:
Also, see my review for The Amazing Spider-Man.