‘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 it stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy 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 the second film of the Andrew Garfield era! I saw it twice at the cinema, first with my best mate from school Stephen and then with my parents. I wouldn’t claim it to be the best Spidey film I’ve seen at the cinemas since I have mixed feelings about it and wish 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 his relationship with Gwen; he has a new foe to fight called Electro and he gets deal with the return of his old friend, Harry Osborn.
Spidey’s costume has changed since the last time we saw him. It matches exactly how he looks in the comics and the original ‘Spider-Man’ films with white eye-patches and the blue and red spandex suit. This pleased me as I love 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 a sense of humour and a serious side. I liked how he interacts with Gwen; Aunt May; Harry and Max Dillon. The action sequences that he does as Spider-Man are truly spectacular!
Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy. Both Gwen and Peter form a romantic relationship and seem blissfully unaware of the dangers around them. Peter keeps seeing Denis Leary as Gwen’s father though, as it reminds him of the danger he’s putting Gwen in. Gwen is also 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 into 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, Peter’s old friend. I found Dane’s performance as Harry interesting. He does a completely different version of the character by making him bitter and darker. Harry also becomes the Green Goblin instead of his father, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, who dies early in the 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 where he’s hiding under the bedclothes with his Spidey costume on and she notices how filthy his face is. Also the scene where 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.
Jonah Jameson still doesn’t appear in these ‘Spider-Man’ movies, which is a shame. However we do have Peter receiving e-mails from Jameson since he sends photos of Spider-Man to him at the Bugle. So, interesting that Jameson does exist in this ‘Spider-Man’ film universe but does not appear!
Marc Webb returns to direct ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. Marc does a fantastic job capturing the action-packed sequences of Spider-Man in this movie like he did for the previous film. He also does well in balancing the drama too. However I do feel there is like too much happening all at once here.
The set design and the location work for this movie is equally good. We get to see more of OsCorp in its interiors as well as the city of New York which is used very well for Spidey’s swinging action and the crime-fighting scenes in the movie. This is especially when Spidey fights Electro in Times’ Square.
The visual effects for the movie are equally impressive. I’m immensely pleased with how they’ve done the look for Electro with his make-up and combining the CGI effects with it. Electro looks scary and terrifying when Spidey fights him. I know it’s inspired from ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ in the comics.
Without giving too much away, the movie ends on a sad note. I wondered how it would continue. The movie ends on a conclusion looking to the future and the continuation of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ series. There were hints of things to come like the Sinister Six with Paul Giamatti as the Rhino. There might’ve been a possible Black Cat appearance with Felicity Jones playing Felicia.
Sadly, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ movie series came to an end with the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ taking the character into their film series. This is a shame as I enjoyed watching Andrew Garfield’s era of ‘Spider-Man’ in the movies. I feel that it is a short-lived era and there could’ve been potential.
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 with writers Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. There are some deleted and extended scenes cut from the original edit of the movie and a music video of ‘It’s On Again’ by Alicia Keys.
There are some more special features on the Blu-ray release of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ which I’ve got in the ‘Spider-Man: Five-Movie Collection’. As well as the filmmakers’ commentary; the deleted and extended scenes and the ‘It’s On Again’ music video, there’s also the six-part making-of documentary ‘The Wages of Heroism: Making ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. There’s also ‘The Music of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ with Director Marc Webb’.
I quite like ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’! It’s not the greatest ‘Spider-Man’ film I’ve seen and it’s a shame ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ series didn’t continue after this. But having watched the film again from the Blu-ray box set, I have found this a pretty entertaining and enjoyable film to watch anyway.
There are things about this movie that I wish could have been better. These include focusing on Peter’s personal life more; his relationship with Gwen; developing the villains and not end the film on a sad note. It’s not exactly the ‘Spider-Man’ movie I was hoping for, but I can take it for what it is.
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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