Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.
I was one of those who were quite pleasantly surprised by 2012's Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. Starring a whole new cast, most importantly with Andrew Garfield taking up the lead role from the original trilogy's Tobey Maguire, the first film of the new trilogy really did deliver a lot of entertainment, energy, and fun I did not expect. The good news is that its sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, takes all of those positive elements and establishes itself as a worthy follow-up. Once again, the chemistry and natural charm between both Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) are key factors of the film's success. There is just an electricity between the two that allows them to flourish, making their scenes shine and work convincingly well. Another stand-out performance in the film is that by Dane DeHaan, who plays the dual roles of Harry Osborn and Green Goblin. I have been a big fan of DeHaan's since his breakout role in Chronicle (2012) and find his work here to be on-par with that performance, if not better. He is easily one of Hollywood's best young talents active today.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also benefits from a more focused direction from Marc Webb who manages to juggle the three villains' storylines rather well, giving each of them enough time to deliver their backstories by pacing the film admirably well. He also manages to make this two-hour-plus motion picture fly by without letting the feeling of boredom settle within his film's viewers. There are enough action scenes here as well as comedic moments that will make everyone happy, which is a credit to Webb.
I must admit I had feared that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could have ended up being like Spider-Man 3, a film that got lost in the midst of trying to give justice to the three villains as well as Spider-Man but failed to do so. Thankfully, Webb has passed that challenge with flying colors, delivering a very good sequel in what is shaping up to be another noteworthy superhero trilogy. Needless to say, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is definitely worth a watch.
- Andrew Garfield (as Peter Parker / Spider-Man)
- Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy)
- Dane DeHaan (as Green Goblin / Harry Osborn)
2 hours and 22 minutes
Action / Adventure / Superhero