Direction: Marc Webb
Actors: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
The first thing to be said about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is that, despite the overload of embittered new villains, the thrills are not overabundant. The superhero saga barely even justifies the continuing use of its titular adjective.
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There’s cracking chemistry between the young leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. As it happens, the couple is also romantically involved off-screen.
Among the raft of new nemeses, count Jamie Foxx as the sad-sack engineer who falls into a vat of electric eels and transforms into an energy-sucking dynamo. It’s Dane DeHaan, however, who’s the standout as the wealthy childhood friend who shares a love-hate relationship with the crime-buster.
After a devastating turn of events towards the climax, the spectacle loses some of its snap. A coda seems tacked on only to introduce another thuggish megalomaniac (Paul Giamatti). Oh, and to remind spi-hards of two further sequels slated for 2016 and 2018.