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DVD review: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ sticks too close to the franchise formula

By Sean P. Means

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 16 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Aug 16 2014 01:01 am

Grade • C

DVD •Sequels don’t get any more routine than "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which recycles the action pacing and romantic-comedy moves of its predecessor.

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Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is enjoying his other life as the web-slinging Spider-Man, though there is a price: guilt over his promise to the deceased Capt. Stacy (Denis Leary) to stay away from his daughter, and Peter’s girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone).

Peter also finds he’s dealing with new villains: his old chum Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who aims to become Spider-Man’s new nemesis; and the power-zapping new villain Electro (Jamie Foxx).

Director Marc Webb shifts tone wildly, from goofy comedy to tragic melodrama, but none of the moods feel genuine. Only the quirky chemistry of Garfield and Stone makes this installment worth watching.

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