We’ve certainly lived with electricity a long, long time. Now, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), it’s being used by Jamie Foxx as one of the most destructive weapons imaginable. The power was forcibly harnessed in Foxx’s character, Max Dillon, via electric eels! Oh, well.
For a superhero movie, this one is quite rich. It’s long but not overstuffed with action (stuffed, not overstuffed). Its look is wonderfully urban, varied, and pretty: kudos to cinematographer Dan Mindel. It’s an appealing love story, wherein a sensitive Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is frequently distraught in his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone)—and what charismatic actors Garfield and Stone are here! Others, too, do very well.
A family pic (no sex between the principals), TAS2 is, I think, better than the first (reboot) film. Too, it beats the pillow feathers out of most of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies.