DAVID'S REVIEW

 

This latest Spider Man sequel features the requisite plethora of Spidey shots flying in, around and through the Big Apple. Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is dealing with an onslaught of life's problems, including a multitude of villains who are eager to do him in. And It also contains a major surprise.

 

Chief among the baddies is Electro (Jamie Foxx), who has the power to black out all of New York City as he acquires energy by absorbing whatever electrical charges he can get his hands on. Another adversary is Spidey's close friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) who becomes (this may be a SPOILER ALERT) the Green Goblin. And there is the insanely ridiculous specter of Paul Giamatti, as Aleksei Sytsevich, ripping off "Avatar" by parading around inside a giant mechanical body.

 

Peter is also bugging his dear sweet Aunt May (Sally Field) to reveal what she knows about his parents' disappearance years earlier when he was a small boy. And of course, there is his on-again, off-again relationship with the lovely Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

 

How does poor Spidey/Peter keep his sanity through all this stuff? Well, he actually has a hard time dealing with it --- in fact, Peter is seen sobbing more times in this film than any other super heroes ever put on celluloid --- together. We don't want our super heroes crying! There is no crying in super hero sequels!

 

Jeanne missed "TASM2" because of a trip to France, but early on, there is a scene she would have cringed at involving a flashback with Richard Parker (Campbell Scott). He subdues a would-be killer, only to turn his back on the semi-conscious dude and be attacked again. This egregious plot weakness is seen endlessly in films, and we can only discredit this movie's screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for this unforgivable script device.

 

The bottom line for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is that it is far too long and far too expensive (a reported budget of $200 million which it will certainly recoup and then some). Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but if you've seen one Spider-Man film, you've seen 'em all.

 

Opinion: Mild Wait for DVD