"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is actually the fifth Spidey movie we've had in 12 years because the studio rebooted the series for no good reason a couple years ago. And this one is a decidedly mixed bag.
The fun stuff is watching the web-slinging action, which looks better than it ever has - especially in 3D. The wow factor is high.
Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, and when he doesn't have the mask on, his best scenes come with Emma Stone as his girlfriend Gwen Stacy.
Their chemistry is more electric than Electro - one of the movie's handful of villains. He's played by Jaime Foxx, and looks like he came from the planet Pandora.
Dane DeHann takes over the role of Peter's friend Harry Osbourne, played previously by James Franco. I like DeHann better, though. He's more interesting - creepy in a very Emo kind of way.
Despite a strong cast, they're forced to spout often stilted dialogue. Speaking of the script, you'll notice I haven't mentioned the plot or story because, well, there's just not much here that hasn't been done in other "Spider-Man" movies. And it's all very muddled.
It's a very by-the-numbers kind of movie until a shocker of an ending that's actually handled really well. I spent most of the picture waiting for the next action scene, and when they do arrive, "Amazing 2" comes closer to living up to its name.EPPLER'S RATING: * * * Out of five stars