Natalie Stendall’s film review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is anything but amazing

Undated Film Still Handout from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Pictured: Andrew Garfield as pider-Man. See PA Feature FILM SpiderMan. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM SpiderMan.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Pictured: Andrew Garfield as pider-Man. See PA Feature FILM SpiderMan. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM SpiderMan.

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Does the film industry think audiences are happy to watch the same movie over and over again? If The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is anything to go by, then the answer’s yes.

It’s not that this sequel is especially bad, but it is very familiar. Back in 2012, just five years after the close of Sam Raimi’s trilogy, the world questioned whether Spider-Man was even ready for a reboot. Director Marc Webb responded with a reinvented origin story that felt fresh and current largely due to some top notch social awkwardness between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) that seemed worthy of a Judd Apatow movie.

Webb’s sequel is a different story. The hero’s self-conscious adolescence that made the 2012 reboot so appealing is here, but barely. Webb seems to have forgotten just how young his central characters are.

 

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