SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS - SPOILERS INCOMING - SPOILER SPOILERS SPOILERS! The first film was so vanilla as to be completely unremarkable. Like, before seeing the second one yesterday I had to stop and think for about 3 minutes before I remembered who the villain was in the first film. It's just forgettable. By that margin, the second movie is better simply by the fact It may me think "hmm, this is vaguely entertaining" because it's so littered with beyond retarded elements the vaguely OK bits stick out like a shining beacon of hope. Spoiler: Spidey Spoilers Things I liked: Garfield and Stone. These two are just fantastic together. Spidey - Garfield seems to get Spider man and nails the costumed persona perfectly. Fight scenes with Electro. Spidey showing up at the end, talking to the kid and fighting Rhino. The death of Gwen Stacey. Things I didn't like. The amazingly blatant foreshadowing of the death of Gwen Stacey. - Seriously, they literally signpost it throughout the film. There's a shot where Gwen and Peter meet up for the first time in a while and as they're standing looking at each other, theres about 30 seconds of a shot where Gwen is stood beneath the sign for the store "Forever 21". COME ON! Electro's dialogue. Unfortunately, it's about on par with Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin. Electricity puns everywhere. Terrible. Green Goblin - from the seizure inducing birth of the Goblin (Seriously, I don't have epilepsy but I had to shut my eyes because I felt them going funny. Why did they need that strobe effect?) to his ultimately 4 minute long pointless fight scene at the end. Yeah, it sets up the death of Gwen (why is there an old clock tower in a power station again?) but it's such a non-thing overall...the weight of the situation of Peter's best friend turning against him and becoming a monster is wasted in a brief exchange that amounts to "You're Peter! I hate you for not helping me!" and then FIGHT. The sheer amount of dumb shit that happens to allow plot points to be reached. The most blatant one was the kid sneaking into the fight between Rhino and the police dressed as Spidey. Yes, it was a cute-ish moment when Spidey did finally show up and take care of business, but the chain of events leading up to that kid walking into the fight just....ugh. Also - the mystery of Peter's father, which after devoting the cold open of the film too and a significant part of the movie just boils down to what we already knew - only Peter can be Spider man. Great! Two movies of this mystery that is ultimately just stating the initial premise all over again. That was very worthwhile - not. All that being said...I still liked it better than the first. It engaged me enough to hate significant portions of it, and that made me like the good bits even more. Yes that's dumb, I know, but like I said the first movie just left me tepid in every way possible. This movie isn't so bad it's good, it's just good but riddled with dumb bits.