The-Amazing-Spider-Man-2-New-Poster-spider-man-35222096-1024-1421-737x1024I feel slightly disappointed that this didn’t have a colon and a subtitle, like Thor or Captain America or similar. Still….

What’s it all about?

IMDb gives us one of its special synopses:

Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

Which I’m pretty sure (and I only saw this a couple of days ago) isn’t quite how it works out, not until the second half of the film anyway. The first half has much more to do with character development stuff interspersed with Spidey being a hero, which means lovey-dovey nonsense with Gwen, angsting over missing parents and the loss of Uncle Ben with Aunt May and bonding with Harry. Then it all kicks off.

Why did I want to watch it?

I enjoyed the first one (more or less), the trailer looked cool and it had an interesting cast. Plus, you know, superhero stuff.

What did I think of it?

This could have been a really good film but I certainly felt (and the Book God agreed with me when we compared notes afterwards) that the pacing was entirely off which made it fine but not great. The character stuff was well done with good chemistry between the main players but those parts were so sloooow, especially when compared with the whizz-bang blink-and-it’s-gone action sequences, and as is the tendency with these films there were too many villains. Rhino appears not as Rhino right at the beginning (Paul Giammatti wasted a bit with a dodgy Russian accent and being mostly a teaser for (presumably) the third film), Electro looks and behaves like Dr Manhattan from Watchmen and there is insufficient Green Goblin. There is lots of Harry Osbourn which I enjoyed because I have liked Dane DeHaan since seeing him in the excellent Chronicle (though I get the impression not everyone likes him and he is a tad whiny but so would you be with that father and that legacy) but not enough Goblin which presumably is also a set up for the third film, and there is the villain’s villain Colm Feore (also a favourite).

Meanwhile we learn all about what happened to Spidey’s Dad though I’m still not sure how he paid for Roosevelt but that doesn’t matter, the important thing is he’s a good guy so that’s all OK then. And Gwen is lovely and bright and blonde with fantastic clothes and then the Thing happens which I knew would happen at some point because it’s canon but I just didn’t expect it then.

And it ends mid-scene which is annoying and possibly manipulative but I’ll still probably go and see the next one because, well, Andrew Garfield.

So quite good fun, could have done better but enjoyable evening out despite bad behaviour from sections of the audience. For example who on earth thought it was OK to take a little kid to what was obviously going to be a very noisy 12A picture (and had to leave with said crying child 25 minutes in after the tutting and glaring of fellow patrons became impossible to ignore)?