I’ve been meaning to write this for a while – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a tough movie to get my head around. It’s really two movies, a great Peter Parker movie, and a decent Spider-Man movie. The personal moments between Peter and Gwen, and Peter and Harry, and Peter and Aunt May are all spot-on. So much so that it feels like an odd shift when they go back to the heroes and villains side of the movie, with hammy over-the-top accents, weird characterizations (Dr. Kafka for instance), though the action was still great. There was none of the feared villain overload, as it was really just Electro and the Green Goblin. The Rhino is a barely-there reference at the end. Justice is done to Gwen’s comic storyline. The set-up for future villains is to be expected.
I enjoyed it quite a bit, though the shifts from the emotional bits to the action bits are jarring, thanks to the way the villains are characterized.