Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz , Campbell Scott, Marton Csokas, Louis Cancelmi, Max Charles, B.J. Novak, Sarah Gadon
OUR RATING: ★★½
Superhero action adventure sequel directed by Marc Webb. Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) follows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) as he continues to adjust to his crime fighting life as Spider-Man and his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away, but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges and an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
Our Favorite Quotes:'We have to be greater than what we suffer.' - Gwen Stacy (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Click To Tweet
Mary Parker: [after they’ve left young Peter with May] Did you see his face? He’s never going to understand.
Richard Parker: Mary, we’ve been through this. Our life, as we know it, is over. We’re going to spend every day from now on looking over our shoulders. Never feeling safe. We can’t do that to him.
Mary Parker: He’s just a little boy.
Richard Parker: I know. I know. It’s going to be okay.
G-5 Co-Pilot: [as the Parkers are escaping on a private plane] They say you’re a genius.
Mary Parker: Richard!
G-5 Co-Pilot: Not if you thought you could escape.
[after which the their plane is hijacked and it crashes, killing the couple]
Peter Parker: [as he swings past a street full of people] Hello, pedestrians!
Peter Parker: Knock, knock. Mr. Criminal? Hey, my name is Spider-Man. You can call me Web-Head. You can call me Amazing. Just don’t call me late for dinner. You get it?
Peter Parker: as Sytsevich goes to punch Peter] Not a shaker? Are you a hugger?
Aleksei Sytsevich: I’m a killer!
Peter Parker: [to Sytsevich] You having a problem with your gun? Let me help you out with that.
Peter Parker: [as he helps Max up] Okay. There you go. You okay? You alright?
Max Dillon: You’re Spider-Man.
Peter Parker: Costume gives it away, huh?
Peter Parker: [referring to the blueprints] These looks pretty important, Max.
Max Dillon: Max? How do you know my name?
Peter Parker: It’s written on your badge.
Max Dillon: But I’m a nobody.
Peter Parker: Hey, you’re not a nobody. You’re somebody.
Peter Parker: [to Max] Listen to me. Now, I need you. You’re my eyes and ears out here.
'Maybe everyone has a part of themselves they hide. Even from the people they love.' - Aunt May (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Click To Tweet
Gwen Stacy: [doing her graduation speech] I know that we all think that we’re immortal. We’re supposed to feel that way. We’re graduating. But like our brief four years in high school, what makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever. What makes it precious is that it ends. And I know that now more than ever. And I say it, today of all days, to remind us that time is luck. So don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Make yours count for something. Fight for what matters to you. No matter what. Because even if you fall short, what better way is there to live?
Aunt May: [referring to Peter graduating] Sweetheart, I’m so proud of you. I know the first thing that your Uncle Ben would say.
Peter Parker: Yeah, I know too. “You better hurry up, the party’s over.”
Aunt May: No.
Peter Parker: “You’ve got to get a job.”
Aunt May: Alright, the second thing he would say, “Don’t just follow the path, make your own trail.”
Peter Parker: Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Aunt May: No.
Peter Parker: What do you mean, no?
Aunt May: Ben told me he made it up.
Gwen Stacy: Did your did your traffic jam have anything to do with the Russian Mob and machine guns by any chance? Why didn’t you just tell me?
Peter Parker: Because, what am I going to do? You’re about to do your speech.
Gwen Stacy: [as they plan to meet later] And I’m going to do my speech for you.
Peter Parker: All night? I want to hear it all night long.
Gwen Stacy: I’m going to do my speech for you over and over again, all night long.
Peter Parker: Okay.
'Don't just follow the path, make your own trail.' - Aunt May (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Click To Tweet
Captain Stacy: [as Peter remembers what he told him] You’re going to make enemies, people will get hurt. So I want you to promise me something, okay? Leave Gwen out of it. Promise me that.
Peter Parker: I don’t know what I’m doing.
Gwen Stacy: It’s my father, isn’t it?
Peter Parker: Yeah. I see him everywhere I go. I don’t know what to do. I can’t get him out of my head.
Gwen Stacy: Yeah, but we’ve talked about this.
Peter Parker: I know, but, Gwen…
Gwen Stacy: It’s not his choice.
Peter Parker: Gwen, I promised him that I would keep away from you. And now I’m going to come and eat dinner with your family. How can I do this? What does this make me?
Gwen Stacy: I don’t know. What does that make you?
Peter Parker: It makes me not able to live with myself.
Gwen Stacy: I thought that it meant you loved me.
Peter Parker: I do love you. I love you.
Gwen Stacy: Then why isn’t that enough?
Peter Parker: Because what if something happens to you, just like it happened to him because of me?
Gwen Stacy: Listen to me. You’re Spider-Man, and I love that. But I love Peter Parker more. That’s worth it to me.
Peter Parker: I can’t lose you too.
Gwen Stacy: If because you can’t lose me, we can’t be together? Who does that work out for, Peter?
Peter Parker: I can’t. I’m sorry, Gwen.
Gwen Stacy: Wow. You have done this to me, again and again. Peter, I can’t live like this. I break up with you. I break up with you.
Radio Male DJ: We have a caller on the line named Max. He says he knows Spider-Man.
Max Dillon: Listen, I’m upset. Spider-Man, to me, is being misunderstood. He’s a very, very good person. He’s protecting us. Not only that, but he saved my life one time. We sort of became best friends.
'What makes life valuable is that it doesn't last forever. What makes it precious is that it ends.' - Gwen Stacy (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Click To Tweet
Peter Parker: [as May is about to enter his room] No! You can’t come in! Stay outside! I’m so naked!
Aunt May: [as she enters Peter’s room] What happened to your face, it’s filthy?
Peter Parker: It is?
Aunt May: Yes.
Peter Parker: Oh, yeah. Yeah. I was cleaning the chimney.
Aunt May: We have no chimney.
Peter Parker: What?!
Max Dillon: [to his fantasy Spider-Man] That’s why you’re here. You remembered my Birthday! All the crime fighting you’ve been doing, and all of a sudden, you take time out to come visit little old me. Max. It’s amazing. But of course you would. Why wouldn’t you visit me? We’re best friends.
Max Dillon: [to his fantasy Spider-Man] What are you doing? You made me a cake? People don’t get a chance to see these small kind things that you do for people. I know what they say about you in the press, but it doesn’t matter to me. Because I know the real you. Because you’re amazing. Wow! That’s what the press needs. They should call you The Amazing Spider-Man. You like that, Spidey?
Max Dillon: [as Spider-Man] I like it a lot, Max.
Max Dillon: Good. Because today is going to be amazing!
Peter Parker: Well, I sold another couple of photos to the Bugle, so that ought to help.
Aunt May: Yeah, it would really help if that guy would pay you a fair wage.
Peter Parker: Oh, Jameson pays me a fair wage. If it was 1961, he pay me a fair wage.
'Change isn't just a slogan. It begins with hard work. Change begins with persistence and commitment.' - Norman Osborn (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) Click To Tweet
Aunt May: I’ve been doing your laundry since you were six years-old.
Peter Parker: I understand that. I’m in college now. I think it’s time that I took care of my own dirty underwear.
Aunt May: You know what? The last time you did the laundry you turned everything blue and red! So, no!
Peter Parker: That was a mistake! Because I was washing the American flag. Can I please just…
Aunt May: No one washes the flag!
Peter Parker: I do, and I won’t anymore!
Aunt May: This is my laundry, my home, my machine! Back off! Eat your breakfast.
Peter Parker: Alright, laundry sheriff. I’ll do it later.
Norman Osborn: Don’t you realize that Oscorp is now responsible for the entire city’s energy?
Max Dillon: Oh, I do. I submitted a lot of designs for the power grid, and they used a lot of them, and I noticed that, and those power grids were designed by me.
Norman Osborn: You designed them? Sure you did. And I’m Spider-Man.
Max Dillon: [grabs hold of Smythe] You’re no Spider-Man. He’s a Leo. You’re a Sagittarius! You besmirch him again, I’m going to rip your well-groomed head off!
[we then see that Max was just fantasizing]
Gwen Stacy: [as Max holds the elevator doors open for her] Thank you. You’re a real gentleman. Most people would have just let those close.
Max Dillon: Yeah, well, most people don’t notice other people.
'Time is luck. So don't waste it living someone else's life. Make yours count for something. Fight for what matters to you. No matter what. Because even if you fall short, what better way is there to live?' - Gwen Stacy Click To Tweet
Max Dillon: [referring to Spider-Man] It must be cool, huh? To have the whole world look at you like that? You know, Spider-Man saved my life one time. Out of all the people in the whole city, he saved me. He said he needed me.
Gwen Stacy: That must be a good feeling.
Gwen Stacy: It was nice to meet you, Max.
Max Dillon: [as Gwen leaves] Wait. She remembered my name!