(2014) (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: A genetically enhanced superhero must contend with a new array of villains, all while trying to sort out his feelings toward his girlfriend who might be leaving him.
- Having previously saved New York City from a genetic hybrid monster, teenager Peter Parker (ANDREW GARFIELD) continues to moonlight as the superhero Spider-Man, thanks to superhuman powers he gained following being bitten by a genetically altered spider. With webs that spurt forth from contraptions on his wrists, Peter/Spider-Man is able to swing through the city on long strings of web, all while stopping most of the city's criminals. In his downtime, he still lives with his Aunt May (SALLY FIELD) and is graduating from high school along with fellow classmate and current girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (EMMA STONE).
She works at Oscorp Industries, a large corporation that has its hands in various fields, including experimental genetic research. Its new leader is Peter's former childhood friend, Harry Osborn (DANE DeHAAN), who's inherited the company from his father who's recently passed, much to the chagrin of Oscorp's board, including its chairman, Donald Menken (COLM FEORE).
Like Peter, Harry was abandoned by his parents as a boy and thus carries around that emotional baggage, something that may or may not have also happened to Max Dillon (JAIME FOXX). He's an electrical engineer at Oscorp and a delusional one at that, an otherwise invisible to most man who believes that Spider-Man is his best friend. He ends up the victim of an unfortunate accident at work that transforms his body into that of a highly charged, electrical being known as Electro, a development that Peter senses can't be a good thing.
That worsens when Electro comes to believe that Spider-Man is his archenemy, which becomes yet another reason for Peter to feel guilty about Gwen's late father, Capt. Stacy (DENIS LEARY), telling the teen to stay away from his daughter. As Peter contends with that and Electro, he must also deal with Harry -- who's suffering from a genetic disorder that will soon kill him -- experimenting on himself, thus resulting in him turning into the villainous Green Goblin.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of Spider-Man or comic book based movies, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sequences of sci-fi action/violence.
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