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Movie review: The Amazing Spider Man 2

Spider-Man is back with more villains, more humor and lackluster action sequences

May 4, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CST

Your spidey senses and intuition, if you don’t have web-slinging powers, might have told you The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wouldn’t measure up to the original 2012 film. And it didn’t.

Fans of the Spider-Man comics will be pleased: the famous Stan Lee makes an appearance, the film, for the most part, follows the comics and Spider-Man’s famous sense of humor while he battles for his life is present.

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In the film, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is trying to save the city, as always, but he’s struggling to honor the promise to keep Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) out of his fighting that he made with her now-deceased father. Parker also is still searching for reasons why his parents would have abandoned and left him with his aunt and uncle.

But that’s not all – Spider-Man makes enemies out of crazy, alone and mistreated Oscorp employee Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who falls in a tank of eels that transforms him into Electro. The Green Goblin also becomes a larger problem toward the climax of the film. Both echo Captain Stacy’s warning that Spider-Man would make enemies. Unfortunately these enemies are both people he knew.

Electro’s powers and the implications of controlling NYC’s electricity are terrifying. But beyond the display of powers, the action sequences are predictable and lack style.

The film is long and sometimes gets caught up in its back story, but the electric (pun intended) chemistry between the charismatic and quick-witted Peter and Gwen saves the film. The real-life relationship between Garfield and Stone shows how at home and close the two are on-screen.

However, for movie goers who aren’t familiar with the comics, this Spider-Man is a real tearjerker, even for the most macho of guys.

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