The Amazing Spider-Man clocks in at a considerable 142 minutes in length, which isn't exactly uncommon in comic book sequels: just look at The Dark Knight's 152 minutes or The Winter Soldier's 136 minutes. Sequels generally aim to be larger in scope and boast more ambitious set-pieces, and that is certain true of Spidey's latest effort, though much like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, it also ends up feeling bloated and attempting to cram in more than it can reasonably engage with in a compelling manner. There are two main villains in the movie and a tertiary one sitting in the periphery, and Webb simply spends an inordinate amount of time establishing the origin stories for both Electro and Green Goblin, all while the movie floods awash with so many cumbersome subplots and pointless dialogues that it quickly begins to lose focus. The real beating heart of the movie is Peter's relationship with Gwen Stacy, but with numerous needless interjections of goofy humour and talky asides, this central point begins to become lost among the bloat.
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