Everything but the kitchen sink. That best about sums up “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” except that it also throws in the kitchen sink.
The sequel to the 2012 hit that rebooted the Spider-Man franchise with Andrew Garfield just a few years after the last Spider-Man reboot with Tobey Maguire has a little bit of everything.
It has teen romance and heartbreak, run of the mill street criminals and corporate bad guys, countless car chases and car crashes, spectacular CGI derring-do and spectacular CGI mass destruction, a little bit of science about spider genetics and a little bit of science about how electricity works, and it has two supervillains.
It also has a teen superhero, Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker, who’s every bit as scattered as the movie he’s in.
He can’t concentrate on any one thing. He’s supposed to be focusing on his high school graduation, but he keeps getting distracted by his need to fight crime. He has to get serious with his serious girlfriend, Gwen Stacey played by Emma Stone, but he’s haunted by the ghost of her dead father, who didn’t want his daughter put in danger.
Spider-Man is also trying to solve the mystery of his parents’ disappearance a decade earlier, and he wants to revive a friendship with a troubled old school mate, but can’t give him want he wants the most: a blood transfusion.
Then, climatically, he has to take on the supervillain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, just as he’s literally swooping Gwen Stacey off her feet. What’s a troubled teen superhero to do?
There’s so much going on in this 2-hour 20-minute movie that you may not have time to get too bored. But at the same time, with that much going on, there’s little chance anything in the movie will register very strongly, even when it should.
The best thing about this movie may be its carefree attitude, but the audience may also feel free to care less about this movie than its filmmakers would want.