PG) The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Running Time: 144 Minutes.
Following 2012's incredible The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, Sony has tried to mimic Marvel Studios, in trying to setup their very own cinematic universe, but this new approach (with lots of easter eggs) comes across as desperate. Andrew Garfield is still excellent in the title role, as is Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Their storyline is what carries the film, and saves it from becoming a disaster. This film angered me because everything I liked about the first film (dark tone, realism etc) has been replaced, and what we now have is a children's film. The villains are cheesy and uninspired. Jaime Foxx does the best he can as Electro, but his characters origin, setup, and plan is 1997 Batman-Robin level. Dane DeHaan is a plausible Harry Osborn/Green Goblin, but feels rushed, and unnecessary. Paul Giamatti gives a cartoonish performance as Russian mobster "The Rhino." Marc Webb does the best he can with the horrible screenplay, as the quieter moments in the film are great. The ending of the film almost justifies the price of admission, as it is emotional, believable, and well acted, but again, the film overstays its welcome by fifteen minutes, with an unnecessary and laughable end sequence which was spoiled for audiences in the trailers.