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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Following his introduction to New York City and the world as Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has resumed his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), even though his career as a crime fighter has kept him very busy. At home, Aunt May (Sally Field) struggles to balance home and work, while trying to move on after losing Ben. As life, crime, and crime fighting continues, dark forces within OSCORP inadvertently unleash new terrors, which threaten the city and ultimately turn their attentions toward Spider-Man and the woman that he loves. Despite his best efforts, the rising tide of darkness may be too much for anyone, even Spider-Man.

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Marc Webb's and Sony's latest chapter in the rebooted Spider-Man franchise, introduces an overwhelming number of baddies and awkward situations. From end to end, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" has all of the earmarks of a visual effects extravaganza. The CG Spidey looks amazing. Every texture, line, seam, shadow, and silhouette catches the eye in just the right way. Every explosion, arc of electricity, and car heft is very impressive and works well within the context of the story. Unfortunately, the dialogue, interactions, and the patchwork pacing of the plot, leaves much to be desired. Not unlike Sony's first foray into the wonderful world of webs, slinging, and witty banter, this reboot sequel has met with the same stumbling blocks and obvious missteps. While the introduction of some pre-Spidey backstory is a welcome addition, once it has been established, it eventually serves to explain a minor detail, which really has no impact on the film's plot or outcome. To make matters worst, the movie is overflowing with original and very bad caricatures of classic Spider-Man villains. Lacking any real character development, other than the few precious moments between Gwen and Peter, this movie is a pretty train wreck. While Marvel / Disney has managed to breathe life into a thriving universe of super powered franchises, Sony seems to be content with stumbling around in the dark, clinging onto outdated formulas, bad dialogue, and questionable directions in production design.

Like so many of the cartoons on television today, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is an overproduced, poorly written, and horrifically paced production, which is likely to sell lots of toys, games, and t-shirts. Since this was likely their goal, it should do the job. However, if you're interested in seeing a film which shows how well practical and cg effects work together, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is definitely worth the price of a rental or hopefully a legal download.

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