Fans of Spiderman comic books have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride while watching their favorite hero on the big screen. The first trilogy produced was laden with plot errors and questionable casting. While the reboot movies have stayed truer to the comic book stories, and the casting of the leads are impeccable, “The Amazing Spiderman2” failed to astonish.
Gwen Stacy always lights up a story, and the same holds true on the big screen. Though her story line is littered with tragedy, the overall journey is worth the tears. Emma Stone is truly a vision as Gwen and breaths life into the character. As her story truly is one of the most amazing comic book tales, “The Amazing Spiderman 2” spends too much time building up to the epic finale and loses some of the magic along the journey.
The villains included in the film are also a highlight. Jaime Fox’s portrayal of Electro is haunting and moving. As a man who no one notices, his life becomes fixated on the web crawler after Spiderman saves his life. Finally finding someone to believe in who noticed him, his world is shattered when he must again meet his hero and the circumstances have changed.
Andrew Garfield seems as if he was born for the role of Peter Parker. Continuing on his dark but quick-witted depiction of Spiderman from the first installment, Garfield takes the viewer on a visually stunning journey. In addition, Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn is the perfect mixture of creepy and relatable.
While the plot does take some extreme liberties in regards to the original comic books, that is understandable. Changes usually have to be made either to modernize the story or quicken the pace for a film. Where “The Amazing Spiderman 2” struggles is in its pacing. The story is engaging, however it seems to take an extremely long time to get going. The slow momentum of the story does allow the action packed finale to shine; unfortunately the journey to the climax is a bit trying even for a die-hard fan.
As a visually stunning film, with fantastic acting and a great finale, “The Amazing Spiderman 2” should be seen in a movie theatre. If you are a fan of the classic comics, please be warned that while the end is worth the ride, it may feel like you are driving with a flat tire for portions of the film. Pacing aside, the movie is enjoyable and worth the price of admission.