In “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) struggles with many complicated situations. His love life is tumultuous. At the end of the first film, he promised his girlfriend Gwen’s (played by Emma Stone) dying father that he would not be with her. After all, Spider-Man’s enemies are likely to become his girlfriend’s enemies, making her perpetually vulnerable. And his friends have a habit of turning into villains. New to the franchise is Max Dillon (played by Jamie Foxx), who becomes Spider-Man’s groupie after he is saved by him. But when a science experiment goes wrong, he becomes a highly-charged electrical creature called Electro. Spider-Man, having once saved Max’s life, now has to save the world from Max. Meanwhile, Peter’s old friend, Harry Osborn (played by Dane DeHaan), returns when he inherits his recently deceased father’s company, Oscorp. Harry learns that he is dying of the illness that killed his dad and desperately tries to find a cure.
The biggest problem with this film is that it has too many characters and storylines. “The Amazing Spider-Man” worked better since it had only one villain. Another issue is that Peter looks a little too old to be a teenager, yet in an early scene, he graduates from high school.
This movie is still worth seeing as it has great action scenes and special effects. One of the best scenes in the film is the first scene with Spider-Man. He uses his webs to sling through the air as he chases down villains. This all looks very real, and the action has a lot of energy.
All the performances are excellent. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are great as Peter and Gwen. We feel sorry for them because of their complicated relationship. Jamie Foxx is very strong as Electro. In the early scenes, he has an obsession with Spider-Man, and he later feels betrayed by him. Another memorable performance is by Sally Field, who plays Peter’s aunt, who struggles to help him without her husband, who died in the first film.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a good start to the summer movie season, but hopefully there will be even better ones in the weeks ahead.