This sequel to 2012’s enjoyable reboot is a surprisingly paint-by-numbers entry that is saved by a shock ending.
It doesn’t suffer from Spider-man 3 syndrome but it fails to particularly excite unless Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s chemistry is working on-screen. This second film seems more of another build-up story – at least four movies featuring Garfield have been announced – with Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx (Ray) underwhelming as villain Electro.
While there’s much to enjoy from this sequel, there’s an underlying rushed feel – acclaimed director Marc Webb had to get this out less than two years after the first – that leaves a slightly unsatisfactory and disjointed taste.
That is until the surprise ending – that only comic-book fans will really pick up – which leads into a short bonus entry for The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) – probably more of a set-up for a spin-off villainous Sinister Six movie than anything else.
Thankfully, Garfield, Stone and DeHaan, are charismatic enough to pull you into Spidey’s web – with several action set-pieces and heartwarming scenes generally doing enough to make the enjoyment stick.
Sadly this Spider-man is still well short of amazing and with Marvel raising the bar with Avengers Assemble and the recent Captain America movie, this really lacked that venomous bite.
Review by Gavin Miller