It has been two years since Marvel Studios released its first installment of the Spiderman reboot, and now Peter Parker is swinging back into action to save the people of New York City in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Sally Fields return and are joined by newcomers Jamie Foxx as the predominant villain Electro and Dane DeHaan as Parker's childhood friend Harry Osbourne.
The film takes place a couple of years after the first, with Peter and Gwen graduating high school. Peter is still working as a photographer for the Daily Bugle, Gwen is in line for an Oxford scholarship, and Aunt May is training to be a nurse to make ends meet after Uncle Ben’s death.
The movie starts with an expected amount of action but soon follows with moments of somberness and light humor. It features surprising emotional depth; it is not forgotten that Peter is still haunted by his parents abandonment (their story is expounded upon) and continues to search for his purpose while Aunt May struggles as a widow and sole caretaker to her grandson. In addition, Peter continues to see apparitions of Gwen’s father who made him promise to leave his daughter alone shortly before passing in the first film; a promise he has been unable to keep.
Ultimately, guilt leads Peter to break up with Gwen and their relationship becomes a roller coaster, but the film intelligently knows not to mull over the lulls of breaking up for too long. Eventually Jamie Foxx enters the picture of an electrician at Oscorp. He is seen as a nobody and is quite possibly the biggest Spiderman fan. However a lab accident turns him into Electro and he becomes drunken with notability, seeking to destroy Spiderman for selfishly absorbing fame.
Dane DeHaan successfully brings a darker shade to Harry Osbourne, more so than James Franco’s golden boy interpretation in the original trilogy. Osbourne reconnects with Parker after the death of the former’s father, however is plagued by a family illness that leads him to ask Peter favors that quickly strain their newly rekindled friendship.