The Amazing Spider-Man 2 provides audiences with romance, action, visual effects, drama and excessive tone changes. An entertaining movie overall, but it went back and forth between cheesy and dark. The shifts in tone make it difficult for audiences to stay engaged with the more serious emotions of the film.The beginning of the sequence with Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) chasing Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti) after a robbery of a money truck. The exchange between the two takes the audience back to the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon with wisecracks from the web-slinger and an over the top Russian accent from the crook. The entire mood of the film should have changed when Spider-Man saw a ghost of Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) late father who died in The Amazing Spider-Man. At that moment the movie should have stayed dramatic with sprinkles of comedy.
Spider-Man’s initial encounter with Electro (Jamie Foxx) was comical despite his conflicted emotions with dealing with Stacy and making discoveries about his father’s past and the origin of his powers. The silliness took away from the emotional drama. It was too back and forth with the tone, so the audience is not as emotionally invested in the characters as they could have been if the tone was consistent.
After Stacy’s death and the short montage of Peter Parker standing at her grave over the next five months, the movie should have ended. The battle with Rhino was unnecessary. Spider-Man had been absent for those five months and should have remained absent until the start of The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Now it brings into question what is Peter Parker’s next non-romantic struggle will be.
Overall this movie had great story, great action, great emotion from the actors and great visual effects. However, the incessant change in tone rendered only a good movie.