The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters as the second chapter in director Marc Webb's quartet of films chronicling the adventures of the webbed wonder.
The best thing about the film is Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and his onscreen chemistry with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. They are electric, which is what's so Amazing about this Spidey story. Most real life couples don't pop on screen!
And their relationship evolves in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as it is not a given that Parker and Stacy will stay together. Peter is haunted by his promise to Gwen’s dad at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man. As he said in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, people he cares about get hurt and that is part of the cost of being a hero to so many.
He clearly doesn’t want Gwen to fall to peril and yet, he cannot stay away. You feel the true pull of whether he should keep fighting crime and the overall personal cost to him and those he holds dear. On that note, Peter is clearly still affected by the death of his uncle -- who also perished in the first film. See, people around him keep dying!
But, he loves being Spider-Man and that is something that we treasure about the Webb films. Garfield and the helmer get it. There is a joy of life feeling to the character in these films that also includes his trademark humorous quips as he toys with those he entangles while fighting crime.
As the film’s tagline says, “His greatest battle begins.” And that comes in the form of Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan. Foxx is Electro and DeHaan eventually becomes Green Goblin. Foxx starts the films as Max Dillon and DeHaan is Harry Osborn, Peter’s oldest friend. Through a series of superhero movie-type accidents and ailments, these two become our main villains. Sure, Paul Giamatti is the Rhino, but he more serves as a bookend to this film and is truly set up for a larger role in later films or for sure in the Sinister Six movie.
Electro and Green Goblin have their reasons for wanting Spidey’s head. That is clearly laid out and their battles are epic, and in 3D often come right at you.
If there is any issue with the film it is that it is a tad too long and that in hindsight, there might have been too many chefs in the writing kitchen. With screenplay credits totaling three and “screen story” credits totaling four, the audience can feel the plot wander at times. But, the fantastic thing about Webb is that he never loses sight of where he is going. And in that vein…
What people need to keep in mind watching the film, our The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review has to state, is that this is the second chapter of an established four chapter saga. With The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 already green lit, we are only halfway there -- by the end of this film. As such, the drama seen on screen must be perceived as part of a much larger picture.
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