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Two Good – A review of Amazing Spiderman 2

Updated on May 5, 2014
Andrew Garfield is Spiderman and Jamie Foxx is Max Dillon in The Amazing Spiderman 2
Andrew Garfield is Spiderman and Jamie Foxx is Max Dillon in The Amazing Spiderman 2

Title: Amazing Spiderman 2

Production Company: Marvel Enterprises

Run Time: 142 minutes

Rated: PG-13

Director: Marc Webb

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti

5 stars for The Amazing Spiderman 2

Summary: This sequel is darker than the original trilogy, but it’s also truer to the original comic book, ripping events straight from the original life of Peter Parker as chronicled by Lee and Ditko in the ‘60’s.

Comic book fans who grew up with Spiderman will already know how this story ends before they even make it to the theater. But that, by itself, shouldn’t stop them from going.

After all, the journey is half the fun of getting there. And this trip isn’t your typical light hearted comic book movie fare.

Andrew Garfield returns to the role as mild mannered Peter Parker, reprising the character he inherited from Tobey McGuire in the reboot of the franchise from 2012.

This time, he’s got his hands full, juggling three villains who rear their ugly heads one at a time to make his life even more complicated as he also tries to juxtapose how to handle Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in the wake of the promise he made to her father just prior to his death in the first movie.

And of course the writers won’t let him forget that promise as he sees the ghost of Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) throughout the course of the story as it unfolds. I suppose that would weigh heavily on my conscience too.

But the real centerpiece of the story is Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon, a mild mannered schleb who finds his DNA altered when he accidentally electrocutes himself while initiating repairs at OsCorp, a biological research lab headed by the reclusive Norman Osborne until his death and the transfer of ownership to psychologically damaged son Harry (Dane DeHaan).

Dillon, who has his own instabilities (he thinks Spiderman is a personal friend after the webslinger saves his life during a battle with a villainous criminal on the streets of Manhattan), cracks completely after the accident and goes on his own rampage to squash the 5’ 10” arachnid who he thinks is out to get him.

Which may not be far from the truth. Dillon becomes a supercharged hothead who calls himself Electro. And his ultimate goal is to sap the power from the city of New York and kill everyone who he considers an enemy.

Harry is also after Spiderman when he finds out that the wall-crawler’s blood may contain an antibody that could cure a family curse that killed his father and now has manifested itself inside his body.

He doesn’t know, though, that Spiderman is really his boyhood friend Peter, and the revelation carries him over his own edges to the creation of the evil manifestation known as Green Goblin – no surprises here. The same character was unveiled during the first trilogy so no one should expect less in this story.

Paul Giamatti plays the third revealed villain in this story. His arc began in the first part of the movie (he’s the Russian villain Parker is chasing when Spiderman saves Max) and culminates when the Soviet criminal is given a weapon by OsCorp to aid in his rematch against Spiderman.

Amidst everything else, Peter juggles his feelings for Gwen Stacy, knowing fully well that as long as he is in her life, she could easily find herself in mortal danger from the villains he faces. The realization is nothing short of prophetic.

This is not a movie for the faint of spirit. Much like the original trilogy, the tale of Spiderman is fraught with real emotion. It’s also predictable in many ways, but that predictability doesn’t take anything away from the story.

In contrast, it actually makes the story all the more riveting and opens doors for all the surviving characters as we await the next installment set for 2016.

Director Marc Webb (ideally named to helm this movie) manages to bring the far-fetched tale to life while grounding the characters in the real world – not an easy task, but one this director is well suited to achieve.

The special effects are fantastic in this film and watching Peter sling his way through the city makes one almost wish that they could avoid commuting hassles in this same manner. Not too many people can get around the city with this kind of speed and ease.

Of course I would love to be Parker’s chiropractor. It isn’t likely that he could go through the punishing that he pushes his body through without visiting one once in a while.

I am looking forward already to the next chapter in the life of Peter Parker. In the meantime, I give this one 4-1/2 out of 5 stars.

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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I am glad you mentioned the predictability doesn't ruin the story line. I am looking forward to seeing this movie as it looks to be the best so far on Spiderman. Thanks for the review.

    • BernietheMovieGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernie Ment 

      4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      You're welcome! I always liked Spiderman when I was growing up so it's hard for me to NOT like a Spiderman movie unless they really botch it.

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      4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I'm looking forward to watching this movie. I know it's going to be darker and I was wondering about how the multiple villains were going to be handled throughout the movie. I enjoyed reading your take on it, thanks for sharing!

    • BernietheMovieGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernie Ment 

      4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I admit that I may be a bit biased in my positive review. Generally, if I'm entertained by anything mainstream action or comics related, I'm going to give it a positive review. On the other hand, if I'm bored to tears (like I was with last years "Man of Steel"), no amount of coersion or bribery would ever get me to write a positive review. Well, okay, maybe a REALLY LARGE bribe - but then again, if I'm worthy of that, my name would probably be Rex Reed. Thanks for the comment, Alicia!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've been wondering whether this movie is worth seeing, so I appreciate reading both your hub and the comments! It was interesting to read the points raised by you and Steven. Thanks for sharing the analysis.

    • BernietheMovieGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bernie Ment 

      4 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I do agree that the character development of the bad guys was, at best, ill handled, but that's what happens when you overload the film with bad guys. Spiderman 3 and Batman and Robin with George Clooney suffered from that overload as well in my opinion.

      Far too often, superhero films focus on the bad guys and the character development of the hero is left by the wayside. The original four Batman movies are certainly proof of that. It's nice that the newer Marvel movies are focusing on the heroes for a change. Not that the villains shouldn't have their own moment in the spotlight too. They do, but I've always believed that the hero should be the focus of the story, especially since it's the hero's name above the marquee, not the villain's. This movie, for example, is titled Amazing Spiderman 2, not Elektro, Rhino and the Twisted Scourge of OsCorp. Rhino, I suspect, will be back in the next movie and was, in essence, a teaser, much like Marvel often puts in at the end of the credits to whet our appetites for the next installment. In that I think they succeeded with rather than failed Spiderman fans

      Thanks again for the thoughtful comment, Steven. Always a pleasure to hear from you!

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      Steven Escareno 

      4 years ago

      Very well written review. Although I have to disagree with most of your assessments about this film. Granted, i still liked it, and thought it was a fun movie. However, there was a lot of things wrong with it though.

      The villains were probably the weakest point in the movie. Electro's origin story was essentially a rip off of Jim Carrey's Riddler's origin story from "Batman Forever"; right down to where you see their geeky fanboy personas having pics of their heroes before going bad. (i.e. Bruce Wayne photos all over Edward Nygma's cubicle, and photos of spider-man all over Max's wall at his apartment)

      Plus, Electro was really nothing more than a one note bad guy, with hardly any depth to him. Plus, it kind of felt like green goblin's story arc was rushed a bit. Don't get me wrong, i loved the earlier scenes with DeHaan and Garfield, as you truly did feel sorry about harry's predicament, but it felt like they rushed harry's transition though.

      Not to mention, it was kind of a waste to even use the rhino, as he had no business being there. For me, I thought the best part of the movie was Gwen and Peter's relationship, as that's where the heart and soul of this film lies if you ask me.

      I have to admit you're review is the first one that I've seen give it such a high praise, as most of the reviews that I've seen are giving this movie anywhere from average to mediocre reviews. It's refreshing in a lot of ways, as I even said in my review that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is not anywhere near as bad as most people make it out to be, but I don't know if i would say it's a great movie by movie by any means, as i just thought it was at best OK.

      If anything, this film felt more like a set up for the next one, and the sinister six movie that sony wants to do. however, to each their own. anyways, keep up the good work as always.


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