Back when MTV played music videos, they had a clever motto of "too much is never enough." It's too bad that Marc Webb and the creators behind "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" took that retro message way too literally in this slightly bloated superhero sequel.
The film opens with the normal day of a superhero as Spidey (Andrew Garfield) fights crime through the streets of NYC. On this day, it's armed terrorists after radioactive materials. Cars are demolished, bullets fly everywhere, and an ultra nerdy genius is saved by our favorite wall-crawler (more on that later). Our friendly neighborhood webhead saves the day just in time to attend his high school graduation as Peter Parker. With his beaming Aunt May (Sally Field) and his brilliant girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) giving the valedictorian speech, it seems like life couldn't get any better. But this is Spidey we're talking about.
Wracked by the guilt of dating Gwen despite it being against her late father's (Denis Leary) wishes, Peter decides to break up with Gwen yet again to protect her from his crimefighting lifestyle. Meanwhile, Max (Jamie Foxx), the man Spidey saved earlier, has had the mother of all workplace accidents while working for the ultra-conglomerate Oscorp. He falls into a vat of electrified liquid (and electric eels...no, that's not a misprint) and is transformed into Electro, the living lightning bolt. Unfortunately, he's not the only villain on Spidey's menu as he also has to take on a brand new Green Goblin who was once his childhood friend Harry Osborne (Dane DeHaan).
And if that's not enough, Spidey also has to help unravel the mystery of his parent's disappearance. If you're wondering if that sounds like too much to put into one movie, you're absolutely right.
Director Marc Webb hits a lot of the right notes in "TASM 2". Unfortunately, he's trying to cram a thousand symphonies into one movie. His biggest accomplishment is capturing the romance between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, likely helped by the fact that Garfield and Stone are a real life couple. The downside is that they fail to exhibit any of the witty banter by Spidey which made him standout in the comics. Although the Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci ( the duo behind "Star Trek" reboots and "Transformers") make sure there's enough action and romance, they fail to stop at the kitchen sink. You're exhausted by the time the movie hits it's crescendo as clearly nothing was left on the cutting room floor. Yes, this movie is 142 minutes.
Webb felt no need to leave anything to the imagination, including a sneak preview into Spider-Man 3 as we show a defeated Osborne preparing to assemble his Sinister Six with footage of the Vulture's wings, Doc Ock's arms and a final scene of Spiderman taking on the Rhino in a clumsy steel monstrosity of a costume. This is the Everything Burrito of spandex films and it may leave a bad taste in your mouth.
"The Amazing Spider Man 2" - MPAA Rated PG-13 for violence, Running time: 142 minutes. In theaters nationwide.