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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 September 2015
Marc Webb returns to direct what Sony had hoped was the second instalment of a longer running reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Writing this now, I'm armed with the knowledge that once again the web slinger will get another reboot in 2017, which after viewing this sequel comes as no surprise.

It's not so much that it's a bad film, or a bad Spider-Man film at that, it's just that it feels all very familiar, whilst simultaneously hugging the same pitfalls as Sam Raimi's Spiderman 3. Webb tries to juggle a screenplay with 3 villains (well two and a half really), a tricky romance between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and of course there's school, a best friend and affairs of the home heart to deal with.

The introduction of Electro (Jamie Foxx) is a good move, inputting a new villain into the spidey world is most welcome. Yet in spite of Foxx earning some level of sympathy with the characterisation, it never really works and unfortunately draws comparisons with a certain Mr. Freeze from another franchise. Dane DeHaan comes in as Harry Osborn, soon to be Green Goblin, again the tortured soul act is well performed, but come Goblin time the make up and effects work is laughable. While Paul Giamati as Aleksei Sytsevich - cum - Rhino, is having fun but is barely in the picture.

Stone is the best thing in it by far, while Garfield works hard, but there is no getting away from the fact that they both are - and look - too old for their parts. The action is fun and pulse raising, but there's not enough of it to sustain a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes. Though on the plus side Webb and his team are to be applauded for choosing a story line that is ultimately bold and contains a great emotional whack. All told it's a shaky entry to the spidey world, one that once again forced Sony into another rethink. Lets hope the next journey spidey goes on has some clarity and streamlined sense. 6/10
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This 'Marvel' adventure has certainly generated mixed opinions from reviewers and critic's alike,
myself, i love the visual technology this type of movie brings to the screen.
'New York's' citizens are going to need protection from the villains that are soon to threaten the
'Peter Parker' - 'Spider-man' (Andrew Garfield) finds it difficult being both Hero and giving family
and Girlfriend 'Gwen' (Emma Stone) the time and attention they deserve.
As Spider-man, Peter is soon to face perhaps his most formidable enemy to date, an enemy that
is far more powerful that himself.
Old Friend 'Harry Osborn'(Dane Dehaan) has returned taking over the Osborn Empire 'Oscorp' in
the wake of his fathers death.
'Spider-man's' biggest fan 'Max Dillon' (Jamie Foxx) an electric-wiz has suffered an accident whilst
trying to repair a fault at 'Oscorp' which has given him electronic power he's yet to harness...he has
become 'Electro' 'Spider-Man' tries to help.
Meanwhile 'Harry' who is dying believes blood from Spider-Man could save him, this he is telling to
old friend 'Peter' who promises to try and ask Spider-Man for his help.
Meanwhile at the secret 'Ravencourt' site, owned by 'Oscorp' the operatives are trying to turn 'Max'
into a Weapon to control to do their bidding.
'Harry' hasn't got the control of his fathers company he believes he has, there are those within the
company who have their own agenda of which 'Harry' has no part.
A electronic tablet 'Harry's' father had given him before dying shows secrets of the underground complex,
which will give him access to a serum that had been worked upon.
'Harry' finding himself where 'Max' is being processed releases 'Electro' to catch Spider-Man.
When a total blackout across New York occurs, Spider-Man has to do battle with 'Electro' who is now on
the loose........trouble is, solve one problem another one is sure to follow in the shape of 'The Goblin'
After a promising start with the incident on the Plane, there is a sequence of unnecessary chatter which was meant to be
amusing i guess, from our Hero whilst he deals with a gang who are stealing Nitro, the action, on, the streets of New York.
The story-line and dialogue are is a little thin on the ground the story doesn't flow as easily as the first in the new series
The films saving grace for me is indeed the spectacular Special-Effects throughout the film which are indeed impressive.
There are several good action sequences, wish the scrip had been better.
Worth a viewing on 3-D and in fact 2-D Superb picture and Sound quality throughout.
Features -
* The wages of Heroism : Making of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Over 100 minutes of immersive featurettes
detailing the heroic efforts to bring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to life.
Blu-ray Exclusives -
9 additional deleted scenes with commentary by Director 'Marc Webb' including 'Peter' meets his father.
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on 21 December 2015
As a life-long Spidey fan this was disappointing. I'd seen it at the cinema and thought a few quid was OK to buy to complete my collection. And whilst Andrew Garfield is good as Peter Parker, it's really Emma Stone who steals the show. Rubbish realisation of Rhino, Green Goblin and Electro; way too many villains. The lessons learnt after Spider-Man 3 did not stick. Shame. Roll on the next re-boot...
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on 1 April 2016
This was another great entry into the Spider-Man franchise. The film looks great and it continues to provide more back story to the origins of Spiderman, his family and the big bad Oscorp. The weakest part of the film was the inclusion of Rhino / Aleksei Sytsevich which I felt was unnecessary as the character was played out like a disposable henchman and Paul Giamatti was definetly under-used.
The strongest part of both movies has been Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone who continue to have brilliant chemistry on screen which make the final scenes of the movie even more powerful. I'm happy the film makers stuck by one of the big story arcs from the comics as it is a big event in the character development of Spiderman and effects future plotlines. It would have been so easy to stretch it out so it was a brave move.
This is one of the edge's this franchise has over the previous Spiderman movies, the influence of the comic book storylines. The old movies were still great films but I just feel these ones just have a little more heart.
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Every super hero needs a super villain. This episode introduces us to Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). If that wasn't enough, Peter (Andrew Garfield) must deal with his on again/off again relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and he discovers the truth about his father (Campbell Scott) and Oscorp.

I love these modern superhero blockbuster updates. Rest assure, that is not how Pu-238 is transported...but it makes good cinema.

I will also say I disapprove of the ending, but I'll get over it. The film contains drama and heart as well as good action scenes. In fact if anything, Spiderman was able to take care of his foes a little too easy.

The film sets up for a crazy action sequel. Break out the popcorn.
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on 24 September 2015
Not so amazing.
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on 20 October 2014
Awful awful awful awful awful. Wasted 1 hour of my life on this before switching it off.
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on 8 May 2016
Excellent service. Excellent film. Very clear difference between BD and 4k HDR. My only gripe is American sellers not making it clear they are and in fact implying the opposite by adding UK or EU to their names. In the past it hasn't worked out well for me but this has for me. Mind you if I get a tax bill my attitude will quickly change

Fair's fair, The discs were in good condition and service very good as it usually is with Americans..
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on 15 September 2014
It makes the original films look like a masterpiece of subtlety and depth.
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on 12 January 2015
Settled down to watch this on Saturday afternoon with my young son and daughter. We had the popcorn ready, a tub of icecream and were all very excited to see the second installment of Spiderman's new adventures.

It didn't go well.

As others have said the film opens tremendously, unfortunately it goes so downhill from there that even the action packed final fight with Electro cannot leave you with a sweet aftertaste. And even if it had the blatant sequel setting up with the Rhino at the end would destroy the feeling anyway.

Their are numerous problems but mainly the film suffers from not only being way too long for a comic book superhero movie but manages to fill that time with a distinct lack of Spiderman. I have not counted the on-screen minutes of the wallcrawler but it wouldn't surprise me if there was less Spiderman in this than there was in the last one (and he wasn't even bitten by the spider until a fair way into that one!) Instead of The Amazing Spiderman as the film's title would lead you to believe we have about 2 hours of Peter Parker trying to investigate the deaths of his parents and deciding whether or not he wants a relationship with the incredibly gorgeous and available Gwen Stacey (seriously, do we really need this again).

It's with a heavy heart that i have to admit to this being the first of the recent slew of Superhero movies I have not enjoyed. I am a comic book fan and honestly do not expect too much from this sort of movie, all they need to do is get the casting and characters right and provide good action with a (slightly) credible story and its a great way to spend a couple of hours, this movie does none of that. Even the woeful miscasting and embarassing baggy leather jumpsuit of Ben Affleck as Daredevil was more enjoyable than this!

After getting most things right with the last movie Sony have really dropped the ball on this, if you are a fan of previous Spiderman movies avoid this and if you have a knowledge of the characters from the comics definitely avoid this or you will be left feeling as upset and disappointed as my children and I were! All we can hope is that Marvel can get one of their best loved characters back from Sony and give us the movie that Spiderman and all of us deserve.
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