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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' review: My spider-sense is chaotic and convoluted

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2


'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' was released theatrically in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D nationwide starting today.

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Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" films continue to become more wrinkled and decrepit over time. While they're special for the way they entertained us in the past, the films have begun to show their wear and tear with each day that passes like the aging and scarred promiscuous ladies of the night who continue to partake in the craft they hold so dear to their hearts. "The Amazing Spider-Man" was the reboot nobody wanted yet was better and more entertaining than it had any right to be.

Spider-Man is taking a priority over Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." He loves his job almost as much as he loves his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Still haunted by the death of Gwen's father Captain Stacy (Denis Leary), Peter ends it with Gwen despite the two being very much in love.

An electrical engineer named Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) is overlooked by the entire world. He becomes obsessed with Spider-Man after the web crawler saves him early on in the film. After a terrible accident, Max becomes the electricity feeding and dangerously overcharged Electro who sees Spider-Man as his enemy only after Spidey inadvertently steals the villain's spotlight. Meanwhile Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) is given complete control of Oscorp when his father dies of a mysterious genetic illness that Harry soon realizes also pulses through his veins. Harry is convinced that the one thing that can cure him is Spider-Man's blood.

The comic book fan in you will rejoice when it sees Spider-Man web sling in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Spider-Man finally moves the way you've always imagined. The perspectives used while he's swinging through the air are astounding as you see and hear the fabric of his costume blow in the wind while the gargantuan scope of the city is captured whenever the camera zooms out to show how small Spider-Man really is in comparison. It's almost as if the film is trying to show you that Spider-Man really is like a spider compared to the size of New York.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is extremely overzealous when it comes to how many stories it tries to juggle in its 142-minute duration. It was confirmed as of late that Sony plans to expand the Spider-Man universe by doing spinoff films such as "The Sinister Six" and "Venom." The proper seeds would begin being planted in this sequel and the next one before the release of the two spinoffs and finally culminating with "The Amazing Spider-Man 4." The concept sounds harmless and intriguing, but it just seems to be executed in a similarly disastrous way that you've already seen before.

Between Peter's ongoing drama with Gwen, Electro's desire to be worshiped, Harry's rise in Oscorp, and Peter's ongoing road to discovering the truth about his father, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" has a lot of side stories to intertwine, coexist, and somehow deliver a film that's cohesively sound for audiences to enjoy. Sprinkle in these little Easter eggs to future films and villains along with whatever other shout outs the creators deem necessary (B.J. Novak portrays Alistair Smythe, the creator of the Spider-Slayers) and the superhero film becomes more than a little unbalanced.

The dialogue is laughably atrocious at times. Spider-Man's quick wit and motor mouth do sneak through the cracks, but Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci should be ashamed of what is said in this film. Electro's "It's my birthday and it's time for me to light my candles," line has you waving the white flag early on but throw in little nuggets like Spidey's, "Come to daddy," line Harry's "Fairy Godmother" speech, and Electro's, "Right as rain," phrase and you have a bunch of out of date phrases that even the most antiquated of gentlemen would stroke their mustache and shake their head at.

Grazing over the numerous times you're forced to see Andrew Garfield take his shirt off, the massive amount of lens flares that take a nod from J.J. Abrams, and ignoring the fact that Electro mostly looks like a dog turd with an electrical current coursing through it, the other big issue is how fast the film speeds through the Harry Osborn storyline. Harry was brought in for one specific purpose that is very obvious if you're at all familiar with the comic books. Harry's evolution to super villain status is almost as rushed as Sinestro's in "The Green Lantern."

Even though the film is almost two and a half hours long, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" scrambles through half a dozen storylines and easily draws comparisons to the sloppy "Spider-Man 3." Andrew Garfield is as strong as ever as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker and the on-screen chemistry between the main cast is mesmerizing. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" suffers from trying to cram too much fanfare into one pudgy film, which can't be saved by its overflowing surge of spectacular special effects.


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