Two is company but three super-villains are a crowd in Marc Webb’s action-packed sequel to his 2012 blockbuster, which successfully rebooted the Marvel Comics franchise.
A Russian mobster in rhinoceros-shaped armour, a maligned Oscorp employee who can shoot electricity from his fingertips and an iconic green-skinned imp with daddy issues all vie for our attention during a rough ‘n’ tumble 142 minutes.
The film’s special effects wizards oblige with dazzling sequences of Spider-Man swinging at breathless speed through the skyscrapers of New York.
For all the sequel’s technical prowess, which is considerable, it’s the screen chemistry of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone which provides more bang than the digitally-rendered pyrotechnics.
When the two actors stare into each other’s eyes, we can feel the electricity crackle between them.
Peter and Gwen’s turbulent romance is the cornerstone and the film soars - rather like the titular hero - whenever they are together.
The sins of two fathers weigh heavily on their sons, laying the foundations for a battle royale.