"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is simply too amazing.
I'm beginning to think that I am liking this recent revamp of the Spidey story even more that with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in the hands of my favorite director Sam Raimi.
In this second installment, Peter Parker meets a new foe, he renews his friendship with his rich friend, and he still has his girlfriend.
We saw the movie screening on Thursday, the night before the rest of the world sees it, and give it a thumbs up, but here are 13 major reasons why it's worth seeing (no spoilers).
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Electro, a really great foe
The special effects of the scary blue electrified man is pretty good, and Jamie Foxx as Electro seems like a strong foe. At first, he is fascinated and a big fan of Spider-Man, but then he turns against him.
It's a more playful Spider-Man
This version of the Spider-Man tale is a bit more playful than others from the past. The Spider-Man theme song is played on the superhero's cellphone and there are few lines of the song that are repeated in the dialogue in funny ways.
British actor Andrew Garfield is a suave, yet goofy, Peter Parker. He's more confident, less doe-eyed and seems more substantive this go-round. He first got on my radar after an incredible performance in "The Social Network" as the friend, Eduardo.
The part of the girlfriend Gwen is played by Emma Stone, who is cute for the part, and a real-life girlfriend of Andrew Garfield. Perhaps that is what makes up for the steamy kissing scenes (and there are a lot of them), and not as goofy as one of them hanging upside down. Stone said there may be a possibility that she won't be in the third installment, but I promised no spoilers.
Dane DeHaan plays the rich friend Harry Osborn, but he's not like James Franco was in the role of the Green Goblin. Franco was much better, and had more of a connection with Peter than in this "Amazing" version.
Harry has a horrible history with his dad, and has a lot more problems to cope with in the Oscorp Enterprises.
The release is in 2D as well as 3D and IMAX 3D. It was great to watch in the later version. The fights are incredible, the skyscraper swing are dizzying and sometimes it's hard to tell up from down.
The studio went with James Vanderbilt to write the screenplay and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to do the rewrite. Filming took place in New York from February to June 2013.
The costumes are incredible this time around, there are a few bad guys, including Rhino, Electro and the Green Goblin. Although there's some obvious computer animation among the effects, the costumes are cool, and different. The Spider-Man costume is simple and effective as well.
At a press conference, a young boy asked actor Andrew Garfield where he got his costume from, and Garfield pointed out that it was a girlie thing to do. His real-life gal pal Emma Stone called him out on it.
The fans love Spidey
Fans both in the movie and outside of it love Spider-Man. A few fans in the film play crucial roles in the plot of the movie. Outside, the stars were in great anticipation of this sequel.
The incredible supporting cast consists of Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field. There's also more of a part for the cameo by Stan Lee, who created the Marvel Comics character. Sally Field is wonderful again as the aunt, and has more of a part, too.
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is a comical character, who gets rescued by Spider-Man and is a lonely geeky character named Max. Then, there's also double Academy Award winner Sally Field in a role that you'll like her, you'll really like her.
Explanation of the backstory
More will be explained in this version about why Peter Parker's parents disappeared, and there's a gripping scene with his mother and father. Peter finds out secrets and then sorts out what is true or not.
Director Marc Webb
Marc Webb did the first reboot movie, and then does an exceptional job in this second one. The team created some surprising twists and turns, and the action sequences are incredible. And, does anyone notice the irony that he's named Webb?
A fun ride
Many critics already seem to agree this is a more funny Spider-Man than in the past. There's more physical comedy, written humor and less brooding hero. Word of mouth will be good for this sequel of a re-imagining.
There's a secret ending
Stay put in your seat during the end credits because there's an X-men surprise at the end.
There's a tease for "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," with Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique from the X-Men films.