What We Loved About The Amazing Spider-Man 2

amazing spider-man 2The moment in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that I loved more than any other was actually, for once, an example of Peter using his Spider-powers. I don't think I felt this way about any of the previous Spider-Man films at all.

Whether we're talking about Sam Raimi's series or Marc Webb's, it's always been the leading man that had me hooked the most. I loved Tobey Maguire in the role, especially in his second film. In fact, my most beloved moment in that picture is one where he's robbed of his powers entirely, and takes an elevator trip in his full Spider-Man suit.

In this latest movie, it's almost the exact opposite scene that I can't shake out of my mind.

Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker is on his way to meet Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy. He's almost there. In fact, the only thing between them is a busy New York Street, which he proceeds to just stroll across.

But Peter is jaywalking in front of traffic and it's only with his Spider-sense, kicking in around the edges as he keeps his gaze locked entirely on the most transfixing Ms. Stacy, that gets him across the road alive.

There's a sense of choreography to the sequence that feels directly related to Marc Webb's work in [500] Days of Summer. It's just goofy enough for Peter's awkwardness, and it might almost have played as a broad comic routine but for the underpinning emotions.

And it speaks brilliantly to how Peter has changed, what Gwen means to him and even how his Spider-sense works. It's one lovely, lovely detail in a film that has many., but it's that the road-crossing flows directly into a superbly played, and most terrifically intimate scene between Garfield and Stone that cements it.

There's an awful lot going on in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So much, in fact, that after the story is done and wrapped up, the film keeps going. And going. This one picture has a lot more to do than just be itself, it's been shouldered with the responsibility of setting up Sony's extended Spiderverse. There's such a spasm of hat tipping, nodding and winking going on at times that the whole thing seems to have been plugged directly into Electro.

But amongst all of the busy action, often shockingly vibrant colours and rolling cycle of big, expensive action set-pieces, it's the lighter, smaller touches that steal the show.

I think you'll be left wanting Garfield and Stone to keep making these films forever, even while you know that they can't.

I sat down and spoke to the film's producers, Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, last week. You'll be able to read what they told me later on today.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in UK cinemas right now and will open across the US on May 4th.