Superhero films are a very popular genre, with a large fan base consisting of all walks of life. The latest hero to swing by the Box Office is Peter Parker, famously known as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
I’m pretty biased when it comes to superhero films, half the time I love them before I watch them! And you bet I’ll defend its flaws and praise the movie no matter what. (Don’t get me started on the perfection of the ‘Iron Man’ films.) This is why I don’t like to review them, because I feel I am not critiquing it properly and fairly since I’m blinded by love! But here it goes.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” follows Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in his continued struggle to be with the woman he loves, Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy, while dealing with grief and of course, fighting crime. This sequel has amped the fun, kicking Spidey’s lame one-liners up by three notches. This isn’t a complaint; it’s what we love about Spider-Man! He’s cool enough to get away with his flimsy jokes.
Unfortunately, along with an increase in humor, there is an increase in everything. Too much in fact, that you get tangled in the web of everything that is going on. There are more subplots than one cares to keep track of. However, the good that “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has to offer, makes you forget the tangles.
For starters, a big thumbs up to the special effects and visuals. The web-swinging scenes are amazing to watch. Of course, I prefer to watch Iron Man soar through the skies and city over Spidey any day, but it was still pretty cool!
The chemistry between the two main stars is incredibly believable, but that comes as no surprise since Garfield and Stone are coupled in real life. I didn’t believe or like the relationship between the suppose “best friends” Harry and Peter though. The explanation they had for Harry’s absence in the first movie is that he was shipped away to a boarding school by his father, and had not seen Peter in eight years.
After dealing with the first baddie, a complicated relationship, the return of his old pal, and more back-story on the disappearance of his parents, Spider-Man faces the wrath of Electro. Then the events that follow are more villains, relationship complications, issues with his old pal, and more back-story on Peter’s parents. As I previously mentioned, a lot of events continue throughout. They all lead to one of the biggest events in comic book history, and it is foreshadowed since the beginning of the movie. You all know what I’m talking about!
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is now in theaters. It also stars Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, and more. Running time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.