Man, they spoiled the end of the movie in the damn trailer!
|Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spiderman|
|Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy|
|Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro|
|Dane De Haan as Harry Osborne/Green Goblin|
|Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino|
|Sally Field as Aunt May|
|and Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz as Richard Parker and Mary Parker|
|with a special cameo appearance from Stan Lee (again)|
Spiderman runs a close second to Iron Man as my favourite superhero of all time. Where Iron Man embodies the potential of technical genius with a healthy dollop of sarcasm and humour, Spiderman represents the normal every day superhero, the one who has some power but has to exercise ultimate responsibility without ever getting what he wants. In a sense, Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman in The Amazing Spiderman 2 represents all of these things; hard work and hoping against all hope for a better tomorrow.
We pick up the action as Spiderman is at the peak of his powers, crime is down in New York, public opinion is up and he’s got the girl of his dreams in Gwen Stacy. But he can’t help the feeling that he’s going to hurt the ones he loves the most with his continuous crusade against crime, especially Gwen. I mean, there are a lot of foreshadowy hallucinations of Captain Stacy when he’s out and about right?
At the end of the day, The Amazing Spiderman 2 is a setup movie for what is Spidey’s nemesis, the Green Goblin. This version of the Goblin is Harry Osborne, Peter Parker’s bestest friend in the whole universe. No spoilers for what happens in the movie if you haven’t seen it, but there are enough clues for some to figure out what happens to the characters in it if you know anything about the original comic books.
Technically, the movie makes do with a lot of CGI, as you would expect with many of the action scenes, since it would be impossible to have anyone reasonably completing the stunts required. It also feels like a long movie, though it’s really only a little over two hours, but it packs a lot of story and character development into its run time. I’m quite glad that this movie’s iteration of Peter Parker has matured greatly, incorporating less goofiness and less awkward teenager. It makes more sense for Gwen, the beautiful valedictorian to find him attractive and their on-screen chemistry is fantastic.
The only disappointment with the movie is the eponymous Electro, who…isn’t really all that electrifying. It’s not really an issue with Jamie Foxx’s performance, it’s more to do with the extent of his powers, and then being killed off reasonably easily by Spiderman and the whole thing feels a little like a sideshow, even though most of the movie is about him.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 is a great setup for the future of the franchise. Some great villains are introduced and Peter Parker’s story is more fleshed out, making Spiderman a more complete character, by becoming the superhero we all know him to be, troubled, but not afraid to fight for a better future for the good of everyone. It’s still very much better than the Tobey Maguire Spiderman movies, which drowned itself in a buffet of bad scripting and terrible plot devices. Hopefully, The Amazing Spiderman 3 continues on this superior trajectory.
Even better than the last Spiderman movie. Thoroughly recommend it!
Should I watch it?
Yes. Andrew Garfield is still goofy, but much less awkward and with a good script and well choreographed action, this is a very entertaining movie indeed.