The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

I was not very convinced after the first Spider-Man reboot because I grew up with Toby Maguire as Spidey. It’s kinda like trying to let go of Christopher Reeve as Superman.

I decided to give him another chance and also because Emma Stone is in this film and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. I’ll explain as we go along.

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The Plot

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone).

But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

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The Verdict

Concern was definitely on my mind after seeing several trailers for the film. You see so many villains involved and you can’t help but wonder if it might work or not. The amount of CGI involved is probably going to be crazy as well. The other issue I’ve had is that before this film I still haven’t taken to Andrew Garfield being Spider-Man since I grew up with the Toby Maguire version.

The negatives of this film is easy to pin point, there is just too much going on. Plot twists, flashbacks, emotions…….it all kinda kills the fun factor.

Having said that, Garfield has really grown into the role of Spidey, he makes wise cracks is brooding as Peter Parker and super confident as Spider-Man. The chemistry between him and Emma Stone does a lot to save the show, to watch their troubled romance and the little squabbles they get into really does bring some much needed fun into the film. The emotions will get high on this one and it centers the both of them. Prepare yourself…..just saying.

Jamie Foxx is a really good actor and at times you’d feel for his character. He was the stand out actor for me. A guy who’s not noticed, down and out and really isn’t that what happens to the person who gets bullied in school. Ignored, forgotten and all that built up anger.

Dean DeHaan also steals the show with his portrayal of Harry Osborn. That emo hair style, bratty personality. Man I loved it each time this guy took the screen. He for me was a real surprise package for this movie but I suppose as actors, it’s more fun being the bad guy

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Yes I’ve said there’s too much junk in the film but it’s really not that bad. The film is quite long at over 130mins and if you’re concerned that there are too many villains. Don’t be, it’s all paced out very well. Andrew Garfield has won be over as the new Spider-Man, sure it took 2 films but it’s promising for the big finish that is The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4.

By Elliott Danker

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in cinemas 1 May 2014

Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore

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