Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Director: Marc Webb
MPAA Rating: PG-13
In the sequel to 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sees Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) graduating high school and swinging through New York from building to building keeping the city safe from crime. Living in a world where he has lost almost everyone (his parents, Uncle Ben [Martin Sheen]) Parker’s love for Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) still flourishes, that is until he becomes haunted by the image of Gwen’s deceased father Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary), who’s dying request was for Peter to keep Gwen out of danger.
That danger, however, intensifies greatly as Oscorp engineer Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) suffers a severe electrical accident, and becomes infused with electricity (to eventually become the Spidey villain Electro). When he first becomes Electro, Dillon is visibly shaken and scared and Spider-Man tries to talk him down. However when the police take a shot at him, Dillon’s trust in Spider-Man is gone and he begins to attack the city. Spider-Man defeats Dillon the first time, but sure enough Electro comes back to give Spider-Man his greatest battle yet.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 can be summed up in one word: disappointing. The real name of the film should be The Average Spider-Man, as the movie is barely amazing. Sitting at 2 hours and 23 minutes, TASM2 is on the longer side, but it would be a great benefit to cut the film down to 2 hours. The majority of what made Spider-Man so disappointing was mis-advertising. In the weeks leading up to the film’s release, the battle between Electro and Spider-Man was supposed to be “his greatest battle yet,” pointing to some spectacular showdown. Given that this is the second film, the battle was his greatest, but we barely saw Electro. I think Max Dillon as himself was seen more that Electro.
Another downfall of the film was the Parker-Gwen Stacy relationship. Yes, we get that they are in love, but this is NOT a romantic comedy! At least half of the film was Parker and Stacy’s on-again-off-again relationship exchanges, and not focused on Spidey’s enemies. I get that the filmmakers were trying to add layers to the story for a greater conclusion, but there’s a difference between just enough and too much, and TASM2 had too much.
I do have to praise Sony Pictures for the Easter eggs they planted through out the movie, from a word-reference to Eddie Brock (Venom), to a camera pan over Doc Ock’s arms, and even a very small illusion to the sinister six (a battle rumored to come to a head in the conclusion to the franchise in 2018 in The Amazing Spider-Man 4). There were instances, however, where the foreshadowing was way too much, and the film became predictable. But also, as a side note, there was waaay too much Sony product placement.
Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is alright. It’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you’ve seen the first installment. The film definitely goes darker than the first, and adds another layer to the Spider-Man name. As long as you go in without extremely high expectations, you should come out of the theater at least pleased.
Brian and Patrick’s Rating: 6 of 10
Written by: Brian Leary and Patrick Hoarty
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