TWO is company but three supervillains are a crowd in Marc Webb’s action-packed sequel to his 2012 blockbuster, which successfully rebooted the Marvel Comics franchise.
A Russian mobster in rhinoceros-shaped armour, a maligned Oscorp employee who can shoot electricity from his fingertips and an iconic green skinned imp with daddy issues all vie for our attention during a rough ’n’ tumble 142 minutes.
The film’s special effects wizards oblige with dazzling sequences of Spider-Man swinging at breathless speed through the skyscrapers of New York.
Such is the dizzying velocity of these set pieces, director Webb repeatedly employs slow-motion to make sense of the blurs of blue and red spandex.
For all the sequel's technical prowess, which is considerable, it’s the screen chemistry of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, who met on the first picture and have been dating ever since, which provides more bang than the digitally-rendered pyrotechnics.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fleshes out the back story of the Parkers and their involvement in secret experiments; the sins of two fathers weighing heavily on their sons.
Thus director Marc Webb lays the foundations for a battle royale in a third instalment, earmarked for release in summer 2016.
You can catch Spiderman at Scott Cinema today (Tuesday) at 4.40pm and at 8pm.
Visit www.bridgwater.scottcinemas.co.uk for all other film times.