When I heard they were rebooting Spider-Man, I was confused. Why did they need to do it so quickly? I ended up seeing the 2012 adaption and I love that movie. I love that they made Peter Parker a bit more complex than the previous trilogy and I actually prefer his relationship with Gwen Stacy to his relationship with Mary Jane. Needless to say, I was very excited for this sequel.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker has just graduated from high school and he is struggling with whether or not to stay in his relationship with Gwen Stacy. He loves Gwen, but he promised her father that he would stay away from her to protect her from the enemies he would make as Spider-Man. He’s also dealing with the usual pressures of being Spider-Man: fighting multiple villains, swinging from buildings, saving citizens from near-death situations. Life is stressful for Peter Parker.
I love Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. He’s one of my favorite actors. I first saw him in the Social Network. If you haven’t seen that movie, you should check it out ASAP. It is one of my top 3 all time favorite movies. Trust me, it’s worth watching.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he continues his refreshing portrayal of Peter Parker. He has elements of emotional depth, humor and relatable awkward moments. It’s nice to see Peter/Spider-Man always trying to do what’s right. He attempts to identify the morality and consequences of every situation and do the best thing for everyone involved. We often see how honorable his character is and it really is amazing. (I am completely aware of how cheesy that sounded due to the title of the movie and the play on words. I had the words there and I had to take them.)
Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker
Emma Stone is wonderful as Gwen Stacy, a young scientist working at Oscorp and Peter’s on-again, off-again girlfriend. One of the elements that truly makes this movie and the 2012 movie is their chemistry together. Director Mark Webb, who previously directed 500 Days of Summer (another great movie I would highly recommend you watch), excels at Peter and Gwen’s relationship development. As I said earlier, I prefer Peter and Gwen to Peter and Mary Jane. The connection between them seems much more human and realistic. Gwen seems to love him for who he really is despite many issues that get in the way of their relationship. Emma Stone did a fantastic job in this movie playing the smart, energetic, and independent Gwen Stacy. You all don’t know how much more I want to write about Gwen, but I cannot because of spoilers.
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Jaime Foxx plays Max Dillon. He is an electrician at Oscorp who is ignored by everyone. That is until he meets Spider-Man in the city one day and he is actually kind to him. Max becomes intensely obsessed with Spider-Man believing they are best friends after they meet just once. It is clear that Max has some mental/emotional issues that no one recognizes or helps him with at the beginning of the movie. While working in the basement at Oscorp, Max is involved in a freak accident involving some water and electric eels. He survives the accident and becomes one large surge of electricity. At first, he is just scared and does not know what to do with all of this new power. However, after a serious of unfortunate events he becomes extremely angry. His obsession with Spider-Man turns into a deep hatred and battle of good vs. evil takes place between Spider-Man and Electro.
Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon (left) and Electro (right)
I am going to rant for a minute: WHY IS OSCORP STILL IN BUSINESS? SHUT IT DOWN. How many freak accidents/weird experiments must there be for one company to be shut down completely? Let us count shall we?
- Peter Parker/The Spider. Luckily for Oscorp this turned out positively because he became Spider-Man. I still consider this a freak accident though.
- Max Dillon turns into Electro. This one is a really bad freak accident. Jamie Foxx gets turned into a big electrical power surge by some electric eels and they don’t even care. Then he got really angry and tried to shut off all of the power in New York. Thanks a lot, Oscorp.
- Curt Connors/The Lizard. This was more of a scientific experiment, but it happened at Oscorp and it was really messed up. The man literally turned into a lizard and terrorized everyone in New York City.
- The Green Goblin. No. Not ok. We went over this earlier.
That is 4 freak accidents/failed science experiments. 3 of these have put the city of New York in extreme danger. Where does it end, Oscorp?
Also, what great scientific information are they giving to the world that justifies all of these accidents? I would really love to know. For the sake of New York, it’s time to shut down.
Dane DeHaan plays Harry Osborne, Peter Parker’s childhood best friend. Harry is the son of Norman Osborne, the founder of Oscorp. Norman dies leaving Harry to take over the company. Peter and Harry reconnect over the death of his father and become good friends again. Harry is a little creepy from the first time we see him. He just gives off a creepy vibe. Throughout the movie, the character becomes more and more eerie and by the end he takes a very dark and disturbing turn.
Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborne
Warning: to anyone who has epilepsy or is sensitive to flashing lights: there is one very intense strobe lighting scene in the movie involving Harry Osborne’s character that lasts about 3 minutes. Without spoiling anything, it happens when he is in a lab of the Oscorp building. If you have epilepsy or you are especially sensitive to strobe lighting you may want to cover your eyes or take a quick bathroom break during this scene. Trust me, it’s not worth risking a migraine or a seizure.
Final Thoughts and My Rating:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a jam-packed superhero movie. There’s so many different elements in it, pretty much everyone can find something to like about the film. However, there are a few times that it feels overpacked. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it, but my main complaint would be the amount of villains the movie contains. There are 3 villains, which is a little bit much. I can’t talk about all of them due to spoilers, but one that I can talk about is the Rhino played by Paul Giamatti. He shows up in the final 2 minutes of the movie. After dealing with some very intense and emotional action sequences from the other villains, it’s just a little much to add another one in the last 2 minutes. Now, I know what they were thinking, “Paul Giamatti is the coolest actor there is, we have to get him in this movie.” They’re not wrong. He’s very cool and he’s also been in every movie that’s been made since 2007. So obviously, they did need him in this movie. Instead of throwing in another villain though, maybe they could have had him play Peter’s cool second cousin or a hip barista working at a local coffee shop who gives Peter life advice. (I think that could be some real script-gold for Paul Giamatti.)
I understand what they were trying to do with Spiderman’s narrative, I just was not prepared for another villain after dealing with two. I was suffering from what they call “villain fatigue.”
Besides the villain fatigue, I thought this was a really well-made sequel. It’s got action, romance, and humor. It even adds some very real and raw emotion at times. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great way to kick off the Summer movie season!
My Rating: 8/10
Has anyone else noticed that the US Postal Service is sponsoring this movie? I’ve seen it on several commercials lately. I even saw it on a mail truck. On the commercials, Spider-Man is delivering mail. Does Spider-Man really have the time to do that? Aren’t the people at the USPS supposed to do that? Isn’t that their job? Anyway, today I went on IMDB and this is what I saw:
That’s right, Spider-Man has mail for the people. What an upstanding citizen. What an incredible use of product placement. Seeing this add has suddenly made me want to use the US Postal Service. I’m so sorry I have to end the review now, but I must go to the post office!