Marc Webb returns with another adventure for the web-slinger (Andrew Garfield) that’s just as over-plotted—featuring villains Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan)—and often frustrating at the first. But this one at least gets a few more things right after the ridiculous rebooting of the origin story, including more focus on the relationship between Peter and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Theirs isn’t an easy arc, but Stone’s appealing presence makes it easier to overlook the herky-jerk rhythms of their romance. And yes, Webb isn’t a complete lost cause when it comes to putting together action sequences, with the best moments coming during the big final showdown. It’s just too bad that there’s so much straining-for-epic, franchise-building busy-ness, aiming desperately to draw attention from Disney’s Marvel Studios films. Insecurity isn’t exactly a crime; it’s just a damned shame.
Director: Marc Webb
Producer: Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott, Marton Csokas, Louis Cancelmi, Max Charles, B.J. Novak, Sarah Gadon and Jorge Vega