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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a rare film that is more enjoyable than it is good. The film is incredibly convoluted and features many cliché and cheesy moments, but they work for the type of film that’s being attempted. The plot and dialogue feel similar to the feel of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy, with an unneeded emphasis on relationships and cheesy and predictable moments, but still enough charm to remain interesting and engaging. This is mainly due to Andrew Garfield’s performance as Spider-Man; Garfield encompasses the character in a way that is both comedic and dramatic and is joined by a very talented cast. The best of this cast are Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, who despite being playing very silly villains, both deliver very good performances. While some actors go too far with the campiness, specifically Paul Giamatti and BJ Novak, the film does have some great elements, such as the fantastic score by Hans Zimmer and the eye-popping visuals (although there are some odd camera tricks and shaky camerawork that fell distracting). It’s cheesy and predictable, but ultimately very enjoyable and a worthy sequel to its superior predecessor. Grade: +C

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