Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott
Director: Marc Webb
Runtime: 142 minutes
Release Date: 16th April 2014 (UK) / 2nd May 2014 (US)
Stewart R: We’ve not even quite ticked over the two year mark since Sony launched the (then) unknown quantity that was The Amazing Spider-Man at the world stage. There was a fresh direction, a reasonably untested director at the helm and two new young actors in the lead roles with the weight of expectation upon all of their shoulders. And here we now sit with a sequel to 2012’s financially successful ($750m+ at the worldwide box office) and critically competent Summer blockbuster barrelling through the doors of cineplexes everywhere with a similar degree of skepticism and scrutiny initially suffered by the first film aimed squarely at its successor’s bulkier build.
‘Will this even be as good as the first Amazing film?’
‘Can it dream of getting close to the heady heights of sequel recognition heaped upon Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2?’
‘Oh, two or even three villains feature; well, we all know who that turned out for Spider-Man 3!’
Certainly the numerous trailers leading up to release seemed nearly unable to contain the action held within, venturing dangerously closely to saturation and spoiler point as we crawled into April, and this reviewer was fearful that much that made the first film wear its titular adjective so well would be swallowed up by the necessity of the Hollywood engine to go bigger and aim for better second time around. Thankfully, though there are bumps and potholes along the way, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 manages to deliver a stirring cinematic adventure that once again works primarily because it plays smaller in order to echo loudly.