Published on April 14th, 2014 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price as only he can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he is while an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realise that all of his enemies have one thing in common, Oscorp.
The first Amazing Spidey film was a confident reboot although it did echo a lot of the original Sam Raimi film, now director Marc Webb stretches his wings even more with this elaborate and fun super hero flick which unleashes itself from the original trilogy but creates its own issues along the way. New foes come into the fray while issues with graduating and moving on come between Peter and Gwen. This is a film so jam packed with setting everything up for future films while dealing with present relationship problems and also what happened to Peter’s parents, that you may feel whiplash throughout with all the info you’re getting in the 2 hour 20 minute film. Saying that, you never really have a moment to dwell much on it as the pace is non-stop but it tries a little too hard to sandwich things for the future to the determent of the story it’s trying to tell.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are amazing in this film, they have so much chemistry together that you think they’d make a good couple off screen, and they have been since the first film. They sizzle whenever on the screen together but even when they’re not together they’re great, Garfield has the right amount of sass and funny quips while Stone smoulders and holds her own throughout the flick. Dane DeHaan is another revelation in this film as he’s creepily compelling, brooding with angst just under the surface and when it’s comes out it is brilliant.
Sally Field has a lot more screen time in this one and shines in the few scenes that she’s in. Paul Giamatti has a cameo role as another villain called the Rhino and is underused although he may have more time in the sequels; the only let-down is Jamie Foxx who is terribly miscast here. Electro’s origin story is similar to Catwoman’s in ‘Batman Returns’ and he looks like a cross between Mr. Freeze from ‘Batman & Robin’ and Dr. Manhattan from ‘Watchmen’. His stance on being seen by the public is a cross between The Riddler’s in ‘Batman Forever’ and Rupert Pupkin’s in ‘The King Of Comedy’, which leads to a one note villain of angry and electricity.
The film looks visually stunning with the 3D being the best since Gravity; you really will feel like you’re swinging through the sky like Spider-Man. Hans Zimmer’s score is aggressive and thematic, finally Spidey gets a great musical theme, while the band Zimmer gathered together, Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr (of The Smiths, Modest Mouse), Michael Einziger (of Incubus), Junkie XL, Andrew Kawczynski, and Steve Mazzaroritten, shouldn’t really go together but they do and it is stunning.
Much better than part 1, Spidey 2 has more action, villains and heroic beats in it and although it sometimes can’t cope with the weight of everything that’s going on while setting up future films, it’s a great watch while you’re there. Also there are no additional scenes after the credits in case you were going to hang around.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ is out in cinemas now.
Summary: Spider-Man is back in his biggest film yet, more action, romance and villains make this movie a little bloated but fun nonetheless.