The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014): A mini-review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Poster
 


Synopsis:

 

Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

 

Review:

 

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.

 

MATM Rating:

 

MATM Rating Three and half stars

 

Director:

 

Marc Webb

 

Trailer:

 

 

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Andrew Garfield (as Peter Parker / Spider-Man)
  • Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy)
  • Dane DeHaan (as Green Goblin / Harry Osborn)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 22 minutes

 

Rating:

 

PG-13

 

Genres:

 

Action / Adventure / Superhero

 

Stills:

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Still 1
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Still 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Jamie Foxx Electro
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Andrew Garfield Peter Parker Dane DeHaan Harry Osborn
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Paul Giamatti Rhino
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Jamie Foxx Electro Scene 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Still 4
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Andrew Garfield Spider-Man Dane DeHaan Green Goblin
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Green Goblin Dane DeHaan Gwen Stacy Emma Stone
 

 

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11 comments on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014): A mini-review

      • Spider-Man is a relatively simple character: Guy bitten by radioactive spider–it can happen!–learns that with great power come great responsibility when he lets a thief escape, who later ends up killing his surrogate father, Ben.

        Relatively simple, till the Amazing Spider-Man complicated matters with an odd conspiracy involving Peter’s parents and Oscorp.

        I understand why they did it–Oscorp is being made the center of all things weird and unusual, kind of like Marvel Studios and their use of S.H.I.E.L.D to a degree–but it was unnecessary.

        Then there was the joylessness of the whole enterprise. When I first saw the Winter Soldier in the latest Captain America feature, I got a warm, fuzzy feeling at my core.

        Spider-Man, not so much. It felt as if events were happening not because I was participating in watching someone’s one’s story unfold, but because the writers and producers needed things to unfold in a particular fashion.

        Plus, it was incredibly silly at times (like with the mass migration of lizards in the sewers).

        The way I see it, I am already buying into the absurd when I roll with a guy getting special powers by being bitten by a radioactive spider, and now I am being asked to accept large migrations of lizards.

        In a sewer.

        It was just too much.

  1. I really hated this one….the plot is pointless….the movie is filled with plot holes…the character build up is rubbish…the villians were hilarious (rhino gets only 5 minutes of screen time, u suddenly find out that peter is friends with harry Osborne…harry suddenly knows how to ride the glide….and lots more !!!) Even the poster is a lie (5 minutes if rhino, 5 minutes of the green goblin and 3 scenes with electro….and finally: kafka…seriously ?
    Jamie foxx went from django to this ?!?!?! …..aaaahhhh I could never stop

    I really prefer sam raimis trilogy over this (his plot build up was much better, and handled the villains really well)

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