‘THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2’
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The ‘Amazing’ Era of ‘Spider-Man’ Continues
Spider-Man is back!
In 2012, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ became an ‘amazing’ success. Everybody warmed to this new version of Spider-Man, even though it wasn’t the same as the Tobey Maguire era. It was inevitable that a sequel would be made after the success of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. And how right I was!
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ was released in 2014. The film was directed by Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man with Emma Stone as Gwen and Sally Field as Aunt May. It also stars Jamie Foxx as Electro/Max Dillon and Dane DeHann as Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin.
I enjoyed watching this second film of the Andrew Garfield era. I saw it twice at the cinemas, first with my best mate from school and then with my parents. I wouldn’t claim it to be the best Spidey film I’ve seen at the cinemas as I have mixed feelings about it and wished that it could have been better.
Like the first film, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ derives from the modern day comics. There were changes made to some of the characters in the film. The story became more about OsCorp; its mysteries and Peter discovering more about his family history instead of focusing on his normal life.
Peter Parker is currently enjoying his life as Spider-Man and has managed to find a balance in his two lives. Pretty soon, Peter has a lot to contend with. As well as dealing in his relationship with Gwen; he has a new foe to fight called Electro and gets deal with the return of his old friend, Harry Osborn.
Spidey’s costume has changed since last the time we saw him. It matches exactly how he looks in the comics and in the original ‘Spider-Man’ films with white eye-patches and the blue and red spandex suit. This pleased me, as I loved the original Spidey costume and wasn’t so keen on the previous look.
Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I enjoyed watching Andrew’s performance balanced with his sense of humour and his serious side. I like how he interacts with Gwen; Aunt May; Harry and Max Dillon, and the action sequences he does as Spider-Man are truly spectacular.
Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacey. Both Peter and Gwen form a romantic relationship and seem blissfully unaware of the dangers around them. Peter keeps seeing Denis Leary as Gwen’s father, reminding him of the danger he’s putting Gwen in. Gwen is about to move to high places in the UK.
The main villain is Jamie Foxx as Electro/Max Dillon. Max is an electrical engineer who works at OsCorp Industries before he transforms in Electro during an electrical accident. I like Electro’s look in the movie; how he becomes a conductor of electricity and when he causes havoc in New York City.
Dane DeHaan stars as Harry Osborn. I found Dane’s performance as Harry very interesting as he does a completely different version of the character in making him bitter and darker. An interesting twist is made here, as Harry becomes the Green Goblin instead of his father who dies early in this movie.
Sally Field returns as Aunt May. Aunt May constantly dotes on Peter whenever he’s home and shows concern for him. I found that scene funny when he’s hiding under the bed clothes with his Spidey costume on and she notices how filthy his face is. Also when they fight over the laundry was funny.
Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz return as Richard and Mary Parker, Peter’s parents. The film opens with a prologue that was similar to the first film, although it’s taken from Richard and Mary’s point of view instead of Peter’s. We see what happened to Peter’s parents when their plane crashed.
J. Jonah Jameson still doesn’t appear in these ‘Spider-Man’ movies, which is a shame. However we do get Peter receiving e-mails from Jameson, as he sends photos of Spider-Man to him at the Bugle.
Marc Webb returns to direct ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. Marc does a fantastic job capturing the action of Spider-Man in this movie as he did with the previous film and balances the drama in it too.
The set design and location work is equally good as we get to see more of OsCorp’s interiors and the city of New York is used very well for Spidey swinging action and crime-fighting scenes in the movie.
The visual effects are really impressive and I’m immensely pleased with how they’ve done Electro with his make-up and CGI effects. He looks pretty scary and terrifying when Spider-Man fights him.
Without giving too much away, the movie ends on a rather sad note. I was wondering how the story would continue and the movie ends on a conclusion that looks to the future and the continuation of the series, as there were hints of things to come like the Sinister Six when Spidey fights the Rhino.
Sadly, I’ve discovered recently that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ series has now been cancelled and that there aren’t going to be any more movies with Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. This is a real shame, as I’ve enjoyed seeing Andrew Garfield’s era of ‘Spider-Man’ and feel that it’s been short-lived.
The DVD special features are as follows. There’s a short but special advertising video of ‘Worldwide Orphans’ featuring Andrew Garfield visiting a class of school-kids which was nice. There’s also a trailer for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. If you’ve not seen that film, I suggest you watch that one first.
There’s a filmmakers commentary; deleted and extended scenes; a music video of ‘It’s On Again’ by Alicia Keys which can be found on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ CD. There are also previews of other movies on this DVD. If you want to see more behind-the-scenes DVD extras, see the Blu-ray version of this movie.
I enjoyed watching ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. It’s not the greatest ‘Spider-Man’ film I’ve seen but it was a good film to watch. There are things about the movie which I feel could have been better, such as focusing on Peter’s life as a person; developing the villains and not end the film on a sad note.
I wish there was ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’. But we can all imagine it in our hopes and dreams.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ – 7/10
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