Film Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
In this movie, Peter Parker graduates from high school, and is adjusting to life as Spider-Man, but wants to keep his promise to Gwen Stacy's dad not to get her involved in said life.
Spider-Man, adjusting to his new celebrity status, almost accidentally makes a friend of a fan, who suddenly becomes a stalker. Add some radioactive (which means 'magic' as far as this universe is concerned) electric eels, and bam - you've got yourself a Pikachu-powered super villain - Electro.
Things escalate but Peter is worried about getting Gwen Stacy involved - she breaks up with him in the first act, so predictably, after all the bad guys have been kicked to the curb, she will take him back in the third. It was pretty clear she never wanted to break up with him at all though, and that breakup seemed to come out of left field.
The bad guy behind the bad guy is Harry Osborn, snot-nosed, pathetic, rich angst boy spawn of Norman Osborn, CEO of OsCorp. In the previous movie, it was a radioactive spider at OsCorp that gave Peter Parker his powers, and Norman Osborn used to work with Parker's dad. Norman dies in a fairly standard hospital death scene, and leaves the company to Harry, who is basically just an older version of Joffrey Baratheon, but not as interesting.
Norman wants a blood transfusion from Spider-Man, to possibly cure his rare genetic illness that his father died from. Spider-Man refuses because it's dangerous, and could kill him. This sends Harry into a murderous spiral bent on revenge.
Obviously, the day is saved, and the girl is got.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Arad Productions, Inc., & Matt Tolmach Productions; Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Avi Arad & Matt Tolmach
Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner; Story by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, & James Vanderbilt; Based on The Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, & Campbell Scott
Hans Zimmer, The Magnificent Six, Pharrell Williams, & Johnny Marr
2 hours, 22 minutes
Kid's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress - Emma Stone; ASCAP Awards for Top Box Office Films, and ASCAP Honors Top Film & TV Composers - Hans Zimmer and the Magnificent Six
I liked this movie more than the first Amazing Spider-Man, but considering that I liked that movie as much as I would like a horse kick to the face, that is not a compliment. But this movie was a little more alive, more punchy, more fun to watch than its predecessor.
It's less boring. But the new characters added aren't that moving or interesting, even still. Aunt May comes across as shrill and whiny. The real heart of the movie is Parker's relationship with Gwen, which is sweet, but it does play out in a kind of predictable way. Spider-Man himself has gotten better at being Spider-Man, when it was awkward and uncomfortable watching him struggle with it initially. He's generally become more confident and better at handling his abilities. Well, of course, that means it's time to hit the reset button, and start the franchise all over again? Well, ok. I guess. The studios are just not kind to this character. Want to see cool Spider-Man stories? Read the comics.
Rating for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': 5/10
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