DVD The Amazing Spider-Man 2 : Comic-book superhero movies come in two general varieties. There are those just for the fans, the ones who know every detail of the origin stories and miscellaneous characters. Then there are others that appeal to both die-hards and neophytes.
If Iron Man, X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are examples of the latter, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 falls squarely with the former. While the maturation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and his fights with three nemeses — Green Goblin, Electro and Rhino — will delight the faithful, it makes for a long, loud slog for everyone else.
Andrew Garfield is back as Parker. He’s head-over-web in love with Gwen Stacy (an ebullient Emma Stone), but their relationship is clouded by her possible move to England and the wishes of her dead father (Denis Leary) that Parker stay away from his daughter.
The best parts of Spider-Man 2 are the relationship between Garfield and Stone, which has a welcome, sassy cheekiness, and Sally Field, as Parker’s aunt, who brings depth to the role of a woman wrestling with the drama of her “son” — she has been his mother figure since he was a boy — growing up.
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— Cary Darling