We’ve still got just under a month to go until we get to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2) here in America, but the film is already beginning to screen in other parts of the world and some early reviews are already in. Lets take a peek at what the critics are saying so far.
With eight reviews already posted at aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it’s too soon for the site to declare an overall consensus. However, things are skewing very positive in the early going, with seven of the eight reviews being "Fresh." Should that trend continue through the U.S. opening, it would appear as though Sony has another hit on its hands.
Early reviews seem quite impressed with Marc Webb’s second film, with HeyUGuys’ Stefan Pape being the most bullish on the new installment. Pape calls the sequel “inherently good fun and a more than worthy trip to the cinema.”
The Guardian’s Xan Brooks is on the same page, blurbing that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to know exactly what it's doing. Webb's film is bold and bright and possesses charm in abundance. It swings into the future and carries the audience with it.”
The five other fresh reviews are interesting because they’re all positive, but each manages to mention some of the film’s issues as well.
One of the recurring complaints is that the film is rather unwieldy due to its multiple villains (shades of Raimi’s Spiderman 3, perhaps?), which is certainly cause for concern.
THR’s Leslie Felperin makes the point succinctly, stating “the plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor.”
Variety echoes that sentiment, pointing out that “redundancy remains a problem, but this overlong superhero sequel gets by on sound, fury and star chemistry.”
Of course, not everyone was totally enamored with the new entry in the franchise. Playlist’s Oliver Lyttelton feels that ASM 2 not only doesn’t work, but that it’s a step back from the original film.
“[It] doesn't just double down on what didn't work in the first film, it manages to undo some of the good qualities of the original as well. The result is a film that kicks off the summer blockbuster season with a resounding thud.”
Are these reviews making you more excited for the film? Have they convinced you to buy a ticket if you were on the fence? Are you concerned about the long run time and too-many-villains issues? Weigh in below.
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