In the second chapter of the Spider-man reboot, we meet up again with Spider-man/Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) as he struggles with quite a few things in this movie. He wants answers for why his father and mother died and wants a relationship with Gwen Stacey but promised her father that he would stay away from her.
Throughout the movie, Peter searches for the answers that he wants while trying to compromise his promise to Gwen’s father and keep her in his life. An old friend returns in Harry Osbourne (Dane DeHaan). He learns that he has the same disease as his father and is going to die soon. He tries to get Peter’s and Spider-man’s help, but they both don’t for risk that something worse would happen to him.
In a side story, a new villain appears in Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) a.k.a. Electro, an electrician at Oscorp who no one notices. All he wants is people to see him and it’s not until a freak accident at work that make people start to notice him. He seeks out revenge against Spider-man after he fails to remember him and teams up with Harry Osbourne (who will later become the Green Goblin) to do so.
Now to the review.
The reboot continues to be more loyal to the comic book. In this movie, there are a lot of times that they make references to the comic book and the cartoon TV show from the 90’s. The most common being is the references to the song to Spider-man and the song for the villains. Both of which will make fans of the superhero very happy to hear.
There is another geek freak out moment when you get to the ‘Special Projects’ floor as Oscorp and you see the setup for the Sinister Six (which will be coming out after The Amazing Spider-man 3).
Andrew Garfield continues to amaze as Peter Parker and Spider-man. He is able to capture that very essence that is the character. He is very cocky, very sarcastic, very stubborn. But he also has dealt with so much heart ache that you really feel for the character. Garfield goes in deeper into the character and really brings him to life. You can tell that he loves being this character as it’s all over the way he is on the screen.
His chemistry with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey is really what makes this movie. While some might argue the reason why they have such good chemistry on screen is because they are a couple off screen. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. When I watch the movies, I don’t see them as actors. They are the characters in the movie. Gwen Stacey is such an important part to Peter Parker that the character needed to be done well in order to get Peter Parker completely. Emma Stone has done that.
There are some issues with the story, like the addition of Rhino. It was not at all necessary for the movie and it was obvious that it was only in there because of the Sinister Six movie that Marvel is doing. It would have still been productive if you just had the end scene with the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) but they felt the need to have him at the beginning to.
The action and the fighting sequences were some of the best that I have seen since The Avengers. Mainly the reason being is that the fighting is mostly computer graphic and it didn’t look fake at all. I’m sure there are parts that they shot, but a good portion was done by computer. You couldn’t tell what was computer and was real and it just jumped off the scene (should be better for those of you who are going to see it in 3D or IMAX).
It’s a great addition to the Spider-man series and worth the watch. There are a lot of little details that will hint at the upcoming movies. If you like Spider-man, then you will love this story. It remains loyal to the comic book but when it strays, it doesn't take away from your friendly neighborhood Spider-man.
**side note. There is an credit scene but it’s not for Spider-man it’s for X-men Days of Future Past. If you have seen all the trailers, then don’t waste your time to watch the scene. It’s a scene that is shown broken up in the three trailers and offers absolutely nothing for the movie. All it is a fighting sequence with Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) at a military camp taking in some hostaged mutants and saying she’s not working with Magneto anymore.
The Amazing Spider-man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and Sally Field and is rated PG-13.
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