The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

The Amazing Spider-Man was one of my favorite films of 2012. I enjoyed it even more than The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Don’t get me wrong, they are fantastic films, but I have and always will be a Spider-Man Fanatic. I’ve been keeping a close eye on the production of this sequel, and it was even my most anticipated film of 2014. Before seeing it, I read many negative reviews. So, I went into the film a bit worried about the finished product. All I can say is: Do not listen to the critics! If you are a fan of Spider-Man, or superheroes in general, I think you will like the film. Do not let the negative feedback dissuade you from the film. I really enjoyed the film, but there were some notable problems.
The Plot
For the most part, I really enjoyed the film’s story. It expanded on the storyline in the first film, and begun planting the seeds for future installments. The problem with the plot is, there are too much unnecessary scenes. I won’t get into any specifics, but during the final battle with Electro, there was a little subplot with an airplane which was completely unnecessary. It did not improve the quality of the film, but it took up a good amount of time. There were a handful of scenes cut from the film, and it was fairly noticeable. There were many time jumps, and it felt like there should be some scenes that fill in the gaps. The film would have been a bit better if they had more focus, and cut out any scenes that did not add to the plot’s development. The film also had a very good balance between the funnier moments and the sadder ones. I rarely cry during a film but this film definitely did a number on me, and I think that is an achievement.
Peter and Gwen
A highlight of the first Amazing Spider-Man film is the relationship between Peter and Gwen. It is just as good in this film. Peter is struggling with his promise to Gwen’s father, and I thought the film did a good job of conveying his guilt. The two of them have such great chemistry, they definitely elevated the film. Aside from their romance, the two of them are a highlight even when they are not together on screen. Andrew Garfield is the best Peter Parker/ Spider-Man yet. He is capable of being funny, serious, sad, and he makes it seem very natural. Emma Stone is fantastic once again as Gwen. She is a strong, complex, female character who is in many ways Spider-Man’s equal.
The Villains
Along with some problems with the plot, this film suffers from some of its villains. First of all, I found Electro’s characterization a bit weak. I liked certain aspects of Max Dillon’s character, but he was a bit too foolish for my tastes. I thought when he became Electro he was handled much better, and even became a formidable opponent. Next up is the Green Goblin/ Harry Osborn. Dane DeHaan is a very good Harry, much better than James Franco, but his story arc felt a bit rushed. I like what they did with him, but the film just flew through his character arc. I did enjoy his take on the Green Goblin. I think his appearance was sinister, and the battle between him and Spider-Man was very intense. I won’t spend too much time on Rhino, but I will say that I enjoyed him. I heard many complaints from critics, but I do not think they are justified. They complain that Rhino was over the top, but I do not know what they were expecting. His portrayal was similar to the comics, and I thought he was fine.
Final Thoughts
I could write much more about the Amazing Spider-Man 2, but I will just add a few more thoughts. The visuals were spectacular, and I really enjoyed Hans Zimmer’s score. However, there were a few music choices that I did not like (I am looking at you Phillip Phillips). Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a fun ride. Is it the best Spider-Man movie? No, but it has the best version of Spider-Man. It is flawed, but none of its shortcomings got in the way of my enjoyment. I implore you to see the first movie (if you have not already), and see this one as well.


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