|Amazing is a bit of an overstatement|
I did not enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man. I thought it was lazy, unnecessary, and cheesy -- and not cheesy in the same way that the originals were cheesy, but cheesy in this sad and unaware way. And I wanted to say the same about this one. I wanted to write this up and tell you that this movie is complete garbage and you shouldn't watch it.
And I was only half right.
Half of this movie IS garbage; on the other hand, half of it is also really really good. If you take Spider-Man and the villains out of this movie, it works. It works damn well as a quirky little romance dramedy between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The human element of this movie is simultaneously real, engaging and full of heart. I was actually surprised at how well the Peter/Gwen relationship works.
|Do NOT want!|
So with this movie you get a mixed bag. Some stuff works, a lot doesn't. But with the bloated run-time, the unintentional cheesiness and the poorly written villains, the bad stuff tends to outweigh the good in this one. I'd say it's worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of the character, but don't expect much. It's hardly amazing, but in comparison to the first, well, I guess they nailed it.