7:30 PM, 22nd May, 2014
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we find Peter Parker (Garfield) delicately balancing the responsibility of being Spider-Man with the obligations of his regular life. His relationship with Gwen Stacy (Stone) is going great, despite going against her late father’s final wishes, and his childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) has just returned after years away at an overseas boarding school.
But normalcy doesn’t last long for Peter, with a whole host of formidable villains – including the electricity-wielding Electro (Foxx), the armour-clad Rhino (Giamatti) and more – soon wreaking havoc all over the city. Peter eventually comes to realise that all of his new enemies, as well as his father’s unresolved disappearance, have one thing in common: Oscorp, the mysterious company that his friend Harry is heir apparent to.
Director Marc Webb once again spins a tale worthy of everyone’s favourite wall-crawler, continuing the ‘untold story’ alluded to in the first film, even if the packed plot may deviate a bit much from the webhead’s comic origins for some fans’ liking. Real-life couple Garfield and Stone make sparks fly again too; their Peter-Gwen relationship was one of the best parts of the reboot, and it doesn’t disappoint here.
Of the fantastic supporting cast, Foxx is clearly having a blast as a nerdy Spidey fan turned supervillain, while DeHaan cements his reputation as an actor well worth watching, following fantastic (and dark) turns in films like Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines and most recently this semester’s Kill Your Darlings. Not to be missed.