Zoë from The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger is back to the Marvel Blogathon with a review of the The Amazing Spider-Man 2! Zoë reviewed the first film in the rebooted series, The Amazing Spider-Man for the blogathon as well. Make sure to head over to her site when you’re done. You still have time to vote in Round 1 of the Marvel Movie Tournament as well. Round 2 starts tomorrow!
“Every day I wake up knowing that no matter how many lives I protect, no matter how many people call me a hero, someone even more powerful could change everything.”
– Peter Parker
SYNOPSIS: We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It’s great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the 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, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. – via IMDB
I know this film garners a lot of hate, and I am not quite sure why. Granted, there were flaws to it. There are flaws with most movies, but there were also a lot of things that worked for it. I didn’t love this one like I loved the first one, but I had a blast nonetheless. So let’s get down to what worked and what didn’t, and we’ll see where you guys agree with me or if I should still burn at the stake…
I am a massive Dane DeHaan fan. Ask anyone who reads my site or has ever spoken to me about actors I admire. I think he is insanely talented, and he’s super cool. I was stoked to hear he’d landed the role of Harry Osborn. This was a role that I knew he was going to rock, and you know what? I was not disappointed. DeHaan is a fantastic Harry. He worked so well with Andrew Garfield, and the initial gripes of Harry suddenly appearing in Peter’s life fall away when you see the two of them together. They just click. However, I feel that the script was very clunky when moving on to the story of the Goblin. It was underdeveloped and extremely rushed, which is a pity. This movie should have introduced Harry and transformed in a later movie into the Goblin. But oh well.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 simply had too many characters crowding it, much like Spider-Man 3. Such a pity. But it was shot well, and the score worked for the most part. The first time I watched it I was not sold on it, but then when I watched it again, I realised that the heavy dubstep sounding crap was actually a relative stroke of genius. While I didn’t like Electro at all, I thought when Foxx was still playing regular old Max, he was fine. But the minute he because Electro, he went off the walls crazy, and so quickly and no build up. Again, that seems to be something this movie battled with – introducing and maintaining a character, as well as developing them.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield were just sickeningly cute together again, and the drama between them was a dynamic I thoroughly enjoyed throughout this film. They are just perfect together, but starting to go down separate paths from one another, no matter that they love each other. I get Peter’s angst at his promise to Gwen’s father, but really, he never actually relinquished her, and it was worth watching. There is also that moment that comes later, and I thought it was so perfectly put together. It was shocking, it was beautiful, it was unexpected and I loved it and hated it, so well done on that front, Webb!
I know there are talks off and on of no more movies here or actually bringing a third part. Me? I am seriously holding out for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, though I am not a fan of these icky rumours that Maguire might be on board for something else. TEAM GARFIELD.
When all is said and done, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t the worst movie in the world, provided that you don’t take it too seriously, and that you can deal with the clutter of villains and characters placed in here. The humour was sharp and fast, Gwen and Peter were amazing to watch together, and it was shot nicely. I thought it was a fun movie, truly, and definitely doesn’t deserve the hate that it suffers.