“I am here to understand vot you are und I vill understand you!” Another Spider-Man movie, another loon-haired scientist (Marton Csokas as Dr Kafka). Andrew Garfield stars in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as the only superhero agile enough to move with anything approaching elegance. The chaotic story doesn’t have much juice or spirit – there is an evil company called Oscorp and a character called Electro who may or may not have something to do with electric eels.
Director Marc Webb did exceedingly well with flirting in his sour romance 500 Days of Summer, and yet the ripples are only faint between Andrew Garfield and his real-life girlfriend Emma Stone. Tonally it does have some of the nice sadness that you get in the best moments of superhero stories, for lost things or forgotten places – derelict power plants, abandoned bunkers. Who could forget Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor in Superman, with his subterranean bachelor pad made of cracked subway tiles and stairs that hadn’t led anywhere since 1927?