When it was announced that they were rebooting the Spider-man franchise with 2012s Amazing Spider-Man fans were both excited but nervous. After its release it was met with mixed reviews, but no doubt brought a darker more authentic version of the character. After the success of that film, it comes as no surprise the sequel went quickly into production, but when they started announcing all the varying characters that would play apart it looked as though it was going to end up and over crowded mess. Now fans will get to see if their fears were warranted with Amazing Spider-Man 2. Could it manage to bring it together and make for a great addition to this new series or will it kill it before its able to cling to the wall?
In Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker is trying to embrace being a hero and spending time with Gwen, 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, he must confront a foe far more powerful than he and as his old friend, Harry Osborn returns, he comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. While the last film had its flaws, it managed to bring so much more to Spider-Man character than any other film thanks to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and that is magnified in a good way for this latest entry. This comic series has always been more about Peter Parker’s life who just happens to be a superhero and this film continues that direction making for a much better story. Garfield and Stone have great chemistry obviously both on and off screen, but the emotion and depth they bring to the roles helps this be more than just another superhero film. There was a lot of fear of the overcrowding of characters in this film, but thankfully it wasn’t so. Outside of the primary story of Peter and Gwen they take the focus to only two villains including Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin. Both of them are well handled with Electro’s look actually working better than expected and this latest Goblin doing ok even though he looks a bit like Evil Ed from the original Fright Night. Despite his strange look Dane DeHaan is perfect in the role bringing everything that is Harry Osborn to perfect life. Foxx plays it more like a stereotypical comic villain and is a bit silly prior to his Electro transformation, but once he transitions is awesome.
When the original trilogy came out it delivered some pretty amazing visuals, especially from Spider-Man 2, but this one is leaps and bounds above it. This film showcases some truly amazingly perfect Spider-Man moments doing his thing that are both believable in the real world visually, but perfectly embodied everything fans envision from the comic page. The film showcases some great action throughout especially the fight between Spidey and Electro during the films climax. The way they utilized Electro’s abilities along with Spider-Man’s chaotic web slinging agility is a site to behold and more than makes up for some of the lack of climax in the last film. There are plenty of easter eggs here for the fans teasing a lot of what’s to come and that is where some aspects of this film will irritate some people. The finished product ends up ending on somewhat of a cliffhanger to set up the already announced Sinister Six film, there is also an emotional punch that those that do not read the comics will likely be caught off guard by and those that already know the eventual outcome are sure to still feel the impact thanks to some great filmmaking. There are some aspects of this important moment in the character’s life that could have made better with a bit more of an initial impact, but the great performances sell it perfectly.
As a whole this film works perfectly. There are a few slow moments that could have been trimmed down, but overall it delivers. There is a really stupid cliché scientist during some of the Electro scenes that is annoying, but thankfully he is gone pretty quick. The often discussed addition of Paul Giamatti as the Rhino is one that will have to fester a bit more as he is pretty much left to a cameo with only about 10 minutes of screen time tops. Giamatti looks to be having a great time in the small role and the idea of the character works it is just not the classic Rhino that fans have wanted. Marc Webb has stepped into the director seat to this character and made it his own bringing the Spider-Man fans have wanted to almost perfect life. It will be interesting to see where they go from here with the announced sequels, Sinister Six and Venom, but only time will tell. Stay thr4ough the actual credit sequence and pay attention to the details as it looks to be telling a story of things to come. In addition, the early screening didn’t have anything after the credits, but reports state another trailer attached, but don’t read into it as it was part of a contract deal and does not have any connection to the actual Spider-Man future.