Man, they spoiled the end of the movie in the damn trailer!

Featuring

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.

Rating

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.

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3 thoughts on “The Amazing Spiderman 2: Rise of Electro

  1. It seems that when studios make superhero movies, there is often a combination of characters who have been well-established in the comic storylines for a good while and characters who are relatively new to the comic series. I am sure that is done to draw a wider range of comic fans, but often this leads to stories which veer off from the original comic story.
    Bane had been introduced in the Batman comics only a few years before the movie, “Batman and Robin” Do you remember how two-dimensional that character was? (The character of Bane was interpreted much better in “The Dark Knight Rises.”)

    It is one thing to mention or refer to a character who has yet to appear in the film: Luthercorp in “Man of Steel” and Oscorp in “The Amazing Spiderman” It’s another thing to have a character who is more than a cameo but not part of the story long enough for the character to really make a difference to the overall story. This is something Marvel movies tend to do a lot. Due to fans’ requests, the character of Gambit was finally added to an X-Men movie, but how important was he to the overall storyline? Cameron Bright is quite an actor, even as a child, yet moviegoers didn’t see that with the minor part he played as Leech in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The supervillain Mastermind, who has been a foe to the X-men for many decades, (including several of the animated series), was downgraded to Stryker’s son, whereas Mastermind or any of his three daughters could play a significant role in future X-Men movies.
    I am afraid this will be the case with one or more of the characters in “The Amazing Spiderman 2”. Whatever characters appear in “The Amazing Spiderman 2,” I hope that they are given ample story time and are not simply 2-D cameos.

  2. One more thing….
    With the Harry Osborn Green Goblin, I feel cheated. Why is this movie completely passing over any story regarding the original Norman Osborn Green Goblin? Norman’ Goblin should be Amazing Spiderman 2, and Harry’s Goblin can always pop up in Amazing Spiderman 3 or 4.

  3. Hi, and thanks for stopping by!

    To tell the truth, I haven’t read all the comics, and I doubt I’d be able to now, what with many other constraints on my time. I tend to view the movies as a separate entity in their respective universes, and I feel if they want make a good movie, then make a good movie with inspiration from plot elements of the comics. A movie doesn’t necessarily have to follow the original storyline.

    In regards to Goblin Snr and Jnr, the Mopey Maguire movies already did that and if I’m honest I didn’t think they were particularly good. With this version, they’ve obviously adapted the storyline for maximum impact on Spiderman (trying to remain spoiler free here). I think it did its job.

    I also agree with your frustration, especially in regards to introductions of fan favourite characters. They can do better, although many villains are changed in movies to suit the storyline, like Two Face in The Dark Knight. The trouble with movies like X-Men is that you get character overload. While we might be familiar with a lot of them, not everyone who goes to see the movies are. Considering movies are comparatively short and can only contain so much, I think a proper X-Men or Avengers movie needs the treatment given to The Hobbit, where three movies are released in quick succession with a continuous storyline.

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