One of the hardest things in life is to give perspective, and in reference to the movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 it can be one of the easiest because I am a HUGE Spidey fan, but I’ll be fair. Needless to say, the movie was (expletive) awesome.
Disclaimer – This review does contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie yet do not read any further and go see the movie. Right. Now.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did not disappoint. Andrew Garfield was sensational as Peter Parker and Spider-Man bringing a realism to Peter and a realization to Spider-Man. As the web slinger, he brought more of the trademark one-liners and playful nature Fanboys (and girls) that read the comics are use to. Spider-Man also was shown supporting the anti – bullying campaign by helping a young boy being bullied by some neighborhood punks. Peter, on the other hand, while having his success as Spider-Man was having some trouble living with the haunting of breaking a promise that was made by the dying Captain Stacy played by Dennis Leary. Every time he feels he puts his girlfriend Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, he sees visions of the dead police Captain which is obviously his guilty conscious getting the better of him.
The villains in the movie were great choices for the movie, but unfortunately their story lines were one of the facets of the movie that I didn’t like. There was so much potential to expound upon with each one of them that their build up was a little rushed. I understand that if there was just one main villain the movie may have drug out a little too long or would have over saturated the overall product, so I get having as many villains as it had. But with the way the movie ended, it left the film a little incomplete (but going into the third and final one with Garfield as Spider-Man it kind of fits).
Jamie Foxx was actually really good as Max Dillon, but a little over dramatic as Electro. I don’t necessarily believe it was his acting, but more of the writing.
Harry Osborn, played by Dane DeHaan, was great as the scorned kid who wanted nothing more than to make his father proud but hating him during the process because he took his childhood away from him (if that wasn’t a mouthful), but was lethal in his attitude from the moment he appeared on screen. He should have just held up a sign that said “I’m the Green Goblin” in big green letters on a pear white poster board nailed to a wooden post. If the makers of this film plan on reintroducing the goblin in the next film, they may want to change his laugh. Kid had the attitude for the goblin on point. The laugh on the other hand……needs a little work and by a little, I mean a lot. Sounded more playful fifth grade girl-ish than meniacle.
As far as the Rhino, played by Paul Giamatti, all we can say is this sentence got more screen time. Played a great common crook but really had no relevance to the film outside of “just to have the Rhino in the movie”. Maybe he’ll make an appearance in the next one, maybe not. No one will care either way. Seriously.
As many of you already knew going into the film that Gwen Stacy was probably going to die because that’s how the story goes. And even though she does die, you could tell throughout the movie that she was going to die. The emphasis on Gwen and Peter taking different paths and her leaving to go to Oxford, just gave off the vibe that she wasn’t going to make it. What made this movie good movie was the character relationship between the two throughout the
movie and even after her death. Peter still demonstrated how deep his love was for Gwen, taking a hiatus from being Spider-Man, showing how much that part of his life really meant nothing to him without her in it. Showing Peter at her grave during what was a five month period added a lot of depth to his feelings for her.
All in all The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great watch. Action packed, but just a good movie period. Definitely the movie you want to go see more than once before it leaves theaters. Already can’t wait for the blu-ray release.