08 October 2014

Movie Review: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

Rated: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Dane DeHaan
Released: 2014
Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is the best loved denizen of New York City.  Few people know his true identity--Peter Parker, teenage science geek--but he constantly saves innocent lives and thwarts would-be thugs day in and day out.  Just when it seems like all is well, the new supervillain Electro (Jamie Foxx) is wreaking havoc all over the city, and even the wall-crawler's powers seem to be no match.  Add Spidey's relationship issues with his girlfriend (Emma Stone), and the ongoing mystery of Peter's father, and this is the greatest battle the human arachnid has faced yet.  Will he be able to save New York City before the evil Electro takes over?
Based on stories from Marvel Comics.

Warning! Spoilers below!

The Good
I was a bit wary about this movie; I found the first Amazing Spider-Man to be rather disappointing.  However, the makers really stepped it up in this sequel, and I found it to be much more entertaining and gripping than the original.  Though Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone did well in their main roles, I have to give major kudos to Paul Giamatti in his small part; you know an actor is good when you've seen him several times before, only to be shocked to discover he was in a movie you just watched! The profanity was minimal, the violence wasn't graphic, and Peter and Gwen's romance is kept innocent; all great traits for a "PG-13" film.  Here's where the spoilers start: Though the ending was a bit bleak--Gwen dies, and Harry starts assembling the Sinister Six--I actually thought it was better that way; too often, we have movies where things work out too easily by the film's end, which is unrealistic.  Plus, as someone who read Adam-Troy Castro's Sinister Six books more than once, I'm looking forward to seeing them on the big screen.

The Bad
Not too much to complain about: the song during the closing credits is annoying, a frightening sequence here and there, etc.  Probably the biggest issue I had was: As good of a villain as Electro was, why couldn't they have made him look like he did in the comics?

Between years of comics, two different film series, and several Saturday morning cartoons, Stan Lee's infamous wall-crawler has sold books, DVDs, toys, movie tickets, and other memorabilia by the millions.  This latest outing is definitely worth watching for comic book fans; it turned out to be a pleasant surprise! Now, I'm really curious to see what will happen in the next installment.

Score: 4.25/5

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