While Peter Parker alias Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) tries to hold his girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) at distance, he has to cope with the new Oscorp CEO (Dane DeHaan) and defy the villain Electro (Jamie Foxx). Thanks to the „Star Trek“ screenwriters, the second installment of the new series is a quite well-rounded blockbuster fun.
After the death of police captain George Stacy, the father of Gwen (Emma Stone), Peter Parker alias Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) tries to keep Gwen at a distance. Although they are secretly a couple, Peter gave her father a promise to keep her out of harm's way. But Gwen is similarly stubborn and she doesn't fear the danger, as long as she can be with Peter. When the CEO of Oscorp dies, his son and Peter's friend of old, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), takes his place. Harry suffers from the same rare illness as his father, which he wants to cure with Spider-Man's blood. This is why he asks Peter for help to contact Spider-Man. But Peter refuses to help Harry, when a new enemy rises to threaten the city: Electro (Jamie Foxx), whose powers keep growing.
The reboot of the Spider-Man series in 2012 was successful enough internationally to have installments number 4 and 5 being planned for a release in 2018 and later. But at the moment "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is coming to the big screen. The producers and director Marc Webb have replaced the old screenwriters including Steve Kloves (all 8 "Harry Potter" films) with one of the most successful teams in recent blockbuster writing: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (both "Transformers", "Star Trek", "Mission: Impossible III") together with their "Alias" and "Fringe" colleague Jeff Pinkner.
The result is more thrilling, it's rounder and brighter than part 1, which had a lot of high school soapiness. Installment 2 boasts more slapstick humour, still enough romance, more action, and luckily less pathos. But what is most outstanding is the villain Electro, who was introduced into the DC universe 50 years ago in the ninth Spider-Man comic. After a redesign for the film, he looks like an exaggeration of the Emperor in "Star Wars" mixed with virtual foes (e.g. in "Virtuosity"). Foxx' impersonation, the digital attire and his powers are superbly menacing. And we all know that a hero can only be as good as his adversary. Then again the ending is not equally marvellous.
The romantic conflicts with Gwen, the swinging through street canyons and the fights seem very familiar, but Peter's search for the true past of his parents and Harry's suffering add further plot material to the film—making it refreshingly diversified, but also cluttered. Fortunately, the youthful charm of the series persists and elevates the film, courtesy of the actors Garfield, Stone, DeHaan. While the film title is closer to the comic, the filmmakers took some liberties—thus the chronology of events may be surprising. Though nothing too outstanding is at offer here (expect the enemy), "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is a quite well-rounded blockbuster entertainment for a broad audience.