The much awaited second part of the Amazing Spider-Man series is here and this time they have moved on from herpetology to Electros, Hobgoblins and Rhinos, and you'll wonder when and who might make the cut for Sinister Six (a team of super-enemies ganged up against our beloved web-master)!
The director Marc Webb is spinning his web and caught in between is Parker's indecision. Amazing Spider-man 2 is plagued by Parker struggles, and the reason I say plagued is probably because he faces the same turmoil many times; Gwen or no Gwen; whether to let Gwen go away to UK or not; whether to be Spider-man or not. This time he even gets closer to discovering the truth about his parents and the mysterious circumstances following their disappearance. Again he is swayed by opinions and hearsay and unsure of what he wants to believe in. Oscorp, as always is at the centre of the whole screenplay.
Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) is a harmless, easily persuaded engineer at Oscorp and a Spidey fan/friend who is caught in a situation at work that ends with him being the subject of an accident, turning him into Electro. Enter the first villain. In spite of Spidey's nearly convincing negotiations with Electro to not harm local civilians, he doesn't make a friend of him.
New entrant to the scene is Peter's childhood friend and the young Oscorp honcho Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who is sitting on the chair of a huge empire with his father's intellectual property and a disease that might kill him soon. All he wants is a Spider-cure which Felicity, his secretary might lead him to (something tells me she is someone to watch out for, perhaps). Harry soon realises he is running out of time and seeks Electro's help. He easily pits him against common enemy Spidey. What soon ends up being a climax that brings the city of NY to a stop. But is there any collateral damage?
With the big screen shared by two villains, you somehow don't get enough of them both, as Spidey hasn't seen their wrath to the fullest extent. It's probably best to assume that Sony has plans for future sequels and a plan to provide more 'screen time' to the bad guys.
In all the twist of events, you do feel for Peter Parker as he has an awful lot of people to look out for; his aunty; the truth about his parents; Gwen and the promise given to Gwen's father; friend Harry; and the whole city of New York. He is trying hard to get the balance right, but it surely is weighing him down. The personal touch in the movie revolves around Peter's own life, his big discovery about his parents' death and Gwen. His comic timing brings some colour and humour (as always).
Gwen (Emma Stone) is her vibrant self and plays a confident girl who is very sure of what she is after. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) carries off the spandex suit very well and is well and truly placed for a longish Amazing Spider-man series.