Amazing Spider-man 2 Review

movie poster Amazing-Spider-Man 2I went into this movie nervous, I didn’t love the first one as it felt too fresh after the other Spider-man movies, and frankly Toby Maguire did a better job at being Peter Parker than Andrew Garfield did, in my opinion. I also had heard some serious mixed reviews on this movie–too many villains, sub plot with parents bloating the movie, etc. But I went in with an open mind and I have to say, all things considered, this was a much better movie than the first one and was a fun time at the movies.

The movie picks up at graduation for Peter and his classmates. The themes from graduation play out through the movie–making big choices, becoming independent and paving your own way. Peter and Gwen are still madly in love and it’s making things complicated because Peter promised Gwen’s father he would stay away from Gwen, a promise he truly can’t keep. The movie does a good job at showing how they can’t stay away from each other.

sm2 electroThe movie introduced and dealt with a lot of different elements, something some people didn’t love. Having seen my fair share of superhero movies, I know how, if you put too many villains or sub plots in a movie, you lose the focus of the movie and it gets confusing. First, we have the parent sub-plot, that runs throughout the movie. Next we have two villains, Electro and Harry Osbourne (aka Green Goblin). I did not feel like all these elements bloated the movie. The parent sub-plot was introduced in the previous movie and it would be annoying to not delve deeper into it, as well this plot is directly related to current events in the movie. It worked. I liked Electro a lot and liked how he tied into Harry Osbourne’s fate. I wish that we had a bit more background on Electro before he was transformed, as his motivation for being evil was flimsy at best. But his powers were wicked cool and I enjoyed every scene he was in. He was awesome. Lastly, we have Harry Osbourne. Dane DeHaan, who plays Osbourne, is creepy and scary. He captures the essence of someone who has come into power too soon and has no respect for the position he has been placed in. His sense of entitlement drives his character to some dark places quite quickly and I felt it worked. Harry Osbourne has never been a sympathetic character, and he continues to be an entitled punk who feels his position in life gives him the ability to do whatever he wants, regardless of the cost.

sm2 gwenThe love story of this film was the heart of the movie. Gwen Stacy is no shrinking violet–she is smart, capable, funny and makes every scene better. Emma Stone is perfect in this role, she makes Gwen quirky and endearing, you can see why Peter can’t stay away from her. Through her, Peter is a better person. I can’t say enough about her, she is the heart and soul of the film. I know that MJ will be introduced in the next film and I have to say, she feels unnecessary. I love Gwen Stacy and don’t want the natural evolution to happen in this story line.

Overall, I had a great time watching the film! I enjoyed the action sequences, I felt the story worked and I liked it better than the first one. I think, if you have an open mind, you should go see this and enjoy it for what it is.

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~ by xine23 on May 4, 2014.

 
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