Amazing Spider-Man 2: Review

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Marc Webb Staring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jaime Foxx
Music: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 142 minutes
Rating:  4 out of 5
 

Summary:  The Amazing Spider-man 2 is a continuation of the first movie. Peter Parker is wracked with guilt over the promise he made to George Stacy, seeing him everywhere. His relationship with Gwen Stacy comes to a head, revealing a great deal of complexity between the budding romance between the two. Things become far more complicated with the return of Peter’s childhood friend, Harry Osborne. On top of this, Spider-Man faces his biggest challenge to date with the nigh-unstoppable Electro.

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The Good  This is easily the best Spider-Man movie to date. Andrew Garfield is very comfortable in his role, playing the absolutely flippant superhero as if he was born to play the part. The opening scene with Spider-Man battling terrorists attempting to hijack a shipment of nuclear material played out like it came from the comic. It was clever, funny, and pure Spider-Man.

Special mention really needs to be made from the performances of Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan for a subtle and sublime performance as the movie’s two antagonists. Jaime Foxx and Dane DeHann both played characters that were disturbing well before they became full blown antagonists. Both of them had something fundamentally wrong with them. They were both broken in a fatal way. With Foxx, he showed his character was defeated by the world. I can’t explain it in any other way. It was clear that nobody respected him. With DeHaan, there was a quiet evil with him.. like something dark was struggling to find its way out of him. It was a fresh take on their respective characters.

The sound for this movie brought the scenes to life. Like the scene with Max Dillion’s final descent into madness. In the scene, we got to see Jaime Foxx act out Dillion’s anger over his place. It was clear Dillion was trying to hold it together, but there were voices in his head… whispering to him. At first, they were too faint for anyone in the audience to make out. It created a very disturbing effect. But slowly and gradually, the whisperings got louder and louder until the audience could make out what they were saying. The voices were angry, filling him with paranoia and hatred. When Dillion transitioned into Electro, The sound made it all that much more real.

The movie’s true strength is the way it pays homage to the source material. Marc Webb loves comic books and it shows. There are a few Easter eggs that only someone familiar with the storyarc of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy will see. Or hell, the Spider-Man mythos in general. The bridge! The appearance of the Green Goblin? The Sinister Six? The ringtone? Outside of the Easter eggs, you can’t help but see the movie as a loving tribute to one of the greatest comic series of all time.

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The Bad The Parkers in the opening sequence? It felt dull. Sure, there was a lot of action. There wasn’t any real investment with the characters. They happened to be there. Maybe if they showed up more in the first movie, or if anyone had any reason to care if they lived or died, then the scene would have worked far better. Sadly, it didn’t.

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The God’s Honest Truth This is a very good movie, probably the best Spider-Man movie to date. There’s so much to love about this movie. The Garfield and DeHaan had a lot of chemistry on the screen, I could believe Peter Parker and Harry Osborne were old friends. Heck, the entire cast seemed to have a great deal of chemistry together.

I have two complains about the movie. One minor and one major. This is the minor one: Norman Osborne should have been Willem Dafoe. Now I’m not saying we should have seen a remake of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man with Dafoe flying around as the Green Goblin.

The major complaint has to do with the overarching narrative of the new franchise. Everything is revolving around Oscorp. Everything. All the horrible things in Spider-Man’s life is linked to that company. I want Spider-Man’s world to be far bigger than Oscorp. I was hoping to see something more than Oscorp again. I’d like him to struggle against antagonists that are beyond that corporation. Fortunately, the next movie may have this. There’s a chance the third movie will have Kraven the Hunter as the central antagonist. My fingers are crossed!

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 Go and see the movie! You’ll thank me later

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