The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
  • Time: 142 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti

Storyline:

For Peter Parker, life is busy. Between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen Stacy, high school graduation cannot come quickly enough. Peter has not forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away, but that is a promise he cannot keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro, emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

4 reviews

  • (Rating: 3 / 5) It wasn’t supposed to be this way. It was assumed that “The Amazing Spiderman 2 ” would be one of the biggest releases of the year, which would improve its predecessor. Poor Marvel! Poor Spider Man! or whoever. We need to demystify some things: “The Amazing Spider Man” was a very good movie, even if it is a reboot. And while Sam Raimi (director of the original series) is an excellent director, Spiderman films were quite irregular compared to other superhero films: his villains were vulgar (except Alfred Molina and Haden Church), and there a quite banal tone in the series. The Green Goblin costume was a toy and his acts of evil were laughable, “Spiderman 2” is excellent and corrected almost all errors, and “Spiderman 3” was ridiculous and failed. “The Amazing Spider Man” also failed the villain, but at least it was not laughable as Willem Dafoe; and overall it was a movie that promised a little loyalty to the comic and a serious tone, even if Peter Parker by Andrew Garfield was more festive and scruffy than Tobey Maguire

    But “The Amazing Spiderman 2” is uneven and not even surpasses its predecessor (which was not supposed to be difficult). You know from the inside that this would not be better than “Spiderman 2” by Raimi, but at least going to be huge and great. Instead, we might even say that it is slightly less than the original “Spiderman 1” and “Spiderman 3”. Directed by Marc Webb, is exceeded in words and contains very little action. That’s not necessarily bad, as it could have taken the “Hulk 2003″ (risky) decision to be a dialogued product, and in fact ” Spiderman 1″ by Raimi contained little action and lots of conversation. But the big problem is that what they say is not very interesting or relevant. Pays exaggerated attention to the subplot the affair between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, an intentional decision by the end of the movie. But the affair of these guys play repetitive topics and is not very important (only fight for a trip to London, for a promise, etc. ie boyfriends things), so the character of Gwen Stacy is too inert to the viewer, an ornament to Spiderman usual melodrama.

    So much so that neglected really valuable things, like the birth of Electro, which would to be the worst thing that Marvel has allowed it to make. One might have expected the worst in the performance of Jamie Foxx, but in reality the problem is not him (his performance is right), but his story is pathetic. A kind of Walter Mitty by Ben Stiller but black, a poor man dominated by his bosses and despised by the people. But the script is terrible: Foxx is a kind of obsessive who believes that Spiderman is his best friend because he once saved him from an accident, those who despise him are crude and treat him as bait, and lives repeating many times that is his birthday and deserves greater respect. Those Thick lines hurting really bad this movie. The script takes a clever decision in the treat of Electro as a tragic character, more good than bad; but his decision to dominate the city and be a god is arbitrary and incomprehensible, also incomprehensible the hatred for Mr. Spider

    The only almost well developed subplot is that of Harry Osborn. Dane DeHaan ‘s performance is not a sensation but dark, and the development of his story is more relaxed. But even this subplot is not 100 % satisfactory, and his decision to kill Spider-Man is arbitrary and incomprehensible. Yes! two villains and none have good reason to hate the main character

    There’s more: Aunt May gets a trivial, ornamental presence. The subplot of the parents of Peter Parker is resolved, but does not reach any useful conclusion and takes too much time. And finally the main protagonist; while in “The Amazing Spider Man” Parker was festive and messy but timidly, here is much more exacerbated. Not the fault of the actor Garfield but the script, which makes it too reverential of the charism of “The Avengers” and the U.S. law enforcement standards: this Spider-Man has gone on to become a mediator with grace , making jokes with criminals , gives breath to the people who saved, his relationship with the people is narrower , and even tries to talk to criminals or put on equal terms. In the original series there were also those licenses , but here are excessive and end up undermining the solemn nature of superheroes. Here Spiderman is closer to being Kick –Ass

    The action scenes are really good (and could overcome some of Raimi scenes) and with comics poses, although slow camera dilutes a little the moment; and the opening minutes of the film are long on action. The villains hardly have presence and and their defeats lack of greatness, and here one might conclude that some of the problems of “The Amazing Spider Man 2 ” exceed the core group of team and is part of a new Marvel trend or policy post-“The Avengers” where the company new movies (“Thor: The Dark World”; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”; “Iron Man 3”) are not too spectacular and frenzied in action, or leave it to the end, so as not to overshadow the future sequel of ” The Avengers” (even if Spiderman not part, for the moment, that elite).

    “The Amazing Spider Man 2” is disappointing, and can only be accepted to the extent that makes a lot of errors like the Sam Raimi original saga. Perhaps those who have survived “Iron Man 2” can survive this film too overloaded with subplots and villains and hardly development

  • In spite of earning a lot of money, the first installment in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise wasn’t a very good movie. It had pacing and script problems while offering nothing new in return, and it overall seemed like a pointless reboot. Luckily, there’s the unwritten rule that the sequel to a superhero movie will usually be better than the original. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follows that rule, and is better than the first one, but not by a long shot. This movie has all the big problems its predecessor had, and if this franchise wants to rise above mediocrity, these problems should definitely be solved in future movies.

    Beginning where the last one left, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follows the life of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) as he somewhat struggles with being Spider-Man. He is in a relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), although he feels guilty because of it, since he promised her late father (Denis Leary) he’ll stay away from her. At the same time, he encounters a new threat in form of one Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) – an electrical engineer turned super villain during an accident. Also, Peter’s childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to the city after his 8 year long absence, and he seems to have sinister plans of his own.

    The best thing about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is surely the charisma between its two leads – Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Garfield found his voice to a greater extent in this movie – he seems somewhat more relaxed and natural in his role and is arguably superior to Tobey Maguire – and, of course, Emma Stone is as sweet and likable as ever. They are accompanied by another strong performance – that of Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn. DeHaan was a breath of fresh air to the franchise and I personally can’t wait to see him in future installments. In addition to the overall quality acting, Marc Webb’s direction is great, even better than in the first one. Not only that, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is also a nice combination of, more or less, thrilling action sequences and some grim elements which should generally entertain audiences who are looking for nothing else.

    However, once again, the movie utterly fails in this, perhaps most important, aspect – the script. No one expects Oscar-worthy scriptwriting from a superhero movie, but the dialogues (and some scenes) in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are laughably ridiculous, and the character of Max Dillon aka Electro was so poorly written that even an experienced actor like Jamie Foxx couldn’t save it. Furthermore, once again, the villain designs were horrible: both Electro and Green Goblin looked cartoonishly goofy. And in spite of some action sequences looking great, some of them felt like they were taken directly from a video game (which is never a good thing) and were accompanied by a cheesy dubstep-like soundtrack. In brief, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is better than its predecessor, but that unfortunately isn’t enough, since the movie is, at its best, mindless popcorn entertainment, and at its worst is a serious insult to intelligence.

    Rating: 6/10

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  • Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is back, after the first film, Peter is struggling to juggle being Spider-Man and Peter Parker after the promises he made. His toughest test to date, Electro (Jamie Foxx), arrives on the scene craving attention.

    I’m one of the few who, not only enjoyed the original three (especially the third), but preferred them to the first of the Amazing series. Just from this trailer, however, I was excited for number two and felt it could be the best Spider-Man film yet.

    Positives

    The fight scenes were fantastic this time round. I found them a bit lack luster in the first (except for the great scene in the library with Stan Lee), however this time round it’s far more entertaining. From the great car chase to begin the film, to the huge battle with Electro, they were gripping and exciting. If you know anything…
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  • he Amazing Spider Man 2 6.5/10: Coming off of the surprisingly well-made original, this sequel has a lot to live up to- not to mention the first three with Tobey Macguire. Does this sequel disappoint? It is entertaining enough but is not worse than Spider-Man 3. Does it really go above the quality of the original? Not by a long shot. Thankfully, with the unbelievable chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, the well executed special effects, and the most awesome villain in the Spider Man franchise, the audience cannot help but enjoy the ride.

    The biggest drawback to this film was probably the lack of focus on just one villain. Even though Electro, who is played superbly by Jamie Foxx, is the main villain, there are others that get in the way and make you wonder if the others are entirely necessary. I will not divulge who plays the other villain(s), but in my opinion, they could have made him or her the main antagonist for the next sequel. If any of you ever saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, you know that movie had at least eight possible endings points but kind of just chose to drag on. Watching the Amazing Spider-Man 2, I felt the exact same way. I feel like they could have summed up a lot of those and at least made it to where it was more like two or three different possible endings. Also, I felt like they took a really long time to introduce the new storyline to the film and did not leave enough time for the action sequences that everyone wanted more of. The plot holes to this film were also another thing that bugged me. Jamie Foxx’s character starts out as a spider-man fanatic but then he suddenly turns on him because he got sort of shot by the police and did not get hurt at all. His character basically believed Spider-Man was a god and it just did not make sense how all of that praise can turned to hatred for something that Electro should have seen as something that was not Spider-Man’s fault. He would know this because according to the movie, he knew every single detail about Spider-Man and would have known that Spidy and the cops do not always see eye to eye. Other plot holes in this film are definitely noticeable especially towards the end, but sometimes you just have to accept those to enjoy the film more.

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