THE AMAZ­ING SPI­DER-MAN 2

★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - CINEMA - DC

Di­rected by Marc Webb. Star­ring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field

Garfield is amus­ing and lively as Spi­der-Man, this time up against Foxx’s too-blue Elec­tro. The jokes are fine. The ef­fects are tol­er­a­ble. For all that, the new se­ries has yet to es­tab­lish any fresh rea­son for ex­is­tence be­yond Sony’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep hold of the Spidey-rights. It still feels like a vari­a­tion on the last se­ries rather than any sort of rein­ven­tion. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 142 min

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