Ben Oliver

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

This is the maintenance closet, Gwen. This is most cliched hiding place you could’ve chosen.
27 June 2017

Spider-Man faces a new foe, this time in the shape of an old friend.

They’ve flogged this horse so much it’s like Marvel are trying to open a glue factory. Not only was The Amazing Spider-Man surplus to requirements when it rebooted a barely decade-old franchise, then they decided to make a sequel.

Where the first film was solid but futile this is just a bit of a stinker. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone work better on screen together than Tobey and Kirsten but aside from that there’s not much to write home about.

We’re in a time where superhero movies are half decent, so perhaps we’re spoiled; in this case the terrible writing, naff soundtrack and forgettable villains put Spidey on the lower end of the scale. It’s no Green Lantern but even a mere three years on this film is starting to feel like a distant memory.

Here’s hoping the second reboot (yes… it’s happening again) is a bit more exciting.