Rating: PG-13, for sequences of sci-fi action/violence.
Well, it’s yet another summer blockbuster about a comic-book character, so this sequel contains all the 3-D, computer-generated action and violence you’d expect. This time, Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man must take on not one, not two, but three villains. Among them is Jamie Foxx’s Electro, who gets zapped by a bunch of electric eels when he falls into a vat at work, then uses his newfound powers to wreak havoc on New York City. (Times Square suffers the majority of his wrath.) Peter also continues to investigate what happened to his parents, which includes a flashback to a harrowing airplane trip. There’s the general threat of massive destruction at all times, as well as intimate moments of peril, including the sight of a little boy dressed in a Spider-Man costume who dares confront the metal beast Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Tiananmen Square-style. Fine for tweens and up ? they’ve seen all this stuff before, anyway.