It's about that time as those gigantic blockbusters that took over screens everywhere to start hitting home screens all across the land. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" marks the return to the big screen for our favorite web slinging superhero in a movie that actually improves on the action and visual effects but crams in far too much narrative for a single film to be able to sustain.
For Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), there’s no better feeling then swinging between skyscrapers and spending time with his best girl Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone). However, being Spider-Man comes at a price because only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city and his loved ones. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter is faced with a challenger that is stronger than he is and as his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to town, Peter comes to grips with the reality that all of his questions, concerns and enemies, have something in common.
As much as "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" takes steps forward with improved visual effects and action scenes, there is simply far too much going on, keeping this good comic book movie from being pretty great.
Director Marc Webb is more at home staging big scale action set pieces as the look and flow of the film have actually improved. Free from the subplots and issues of awkward young love and its responsibilities, the film does manage a little more gravitas but it does it in such a rushed fashion jumping from story point to story point so quickly that it doesn't quite hit home, more concerned with adding as many villains and obstacles to overcome rather than fine tuning one specific story.
Andrew Garfield has settled into the role nicely, playing the part with a fresh young arrogance while still coming to grips with the consequences of his life. Emma Stone is her fantastic self as Gwen Stacey trying to ground her hero into living in the now and not over thinking what could be. Jamie Foxx was fun as the over the top Electro while Dane DeHaan seemingly never got a chance to dig into what Harry Osborn could be.
With too much story, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is almost indicative of the blockbuster movie season and the oversized bags of popcorn we get at the theatre. It looks and tastes great, but it gives us way more then we actually need, detracting from the overall enjoyment of the experience.
3 out of 5 stars.
Picture and sound quality on the BD are top notch and the special features on this combo pack include a feature length commentary track, 13 deleted scenes, The Wages of Heroism: The Making of The Amazing Spider Man 2 which is over 100 minutes of behind the scenes featurettes on the making of the movie.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, On Demand and Digital Download from all major retailers and providers.