Having arrived early enough to watch all the trailers before seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it seems as though this spring & summer will host a series of what is basically the same film done over and over again.
Whether it’s Pompeii (which comes with the tagline that it was the jewel of an empire, which is nonsense), the new X-Men film, Transcendence or Godzilla, they appear to be identical; big budget movies where cities are destroyed, probably at the expense of plot.
Is that what Hollywood is nowadays?
And is it bad that I’m actually looking forward to seeing most of them?
Anyway, on to the Spider-Man Review.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review: What’s This One About?
Peter Parker struggles in his relationship with Gwen Stacy while having to fend off Electro and one or two other famous Marvel Supervillains.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review: Who’s In It?
Andrew Garfield (he of Daleks in Manhattan “fame”) stars as everyone’s favourite webslinger, while Emma Stone resumes the role of his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. The likes of Sally Field, Jamie Foxx and Dane Dehaan co-star.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review: How Highly Is It Rated?
7.7/10 on imdb from around 21,000 votes, 76% on Rotten Tomatoes and a mere 58% on Metacritic.
Most press reviews hover in and around the 3 star mark.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review: Was It Any Good?
There’s something about Spider-Man that I find more interesting than all of the other comic book superheroes.
He just feels more down to Earth.
While the Marvel Universe in which the Avengers operate seems to be full of danger, ruined cities and near cataclysmic events, Spider-Man still happily lives his life in an undisturbed New York.
So it’s more grounded, but it also has – I think – better characters. Peter Parker/Spider-Man has more depth than the likes of Thor, Captain America or Iron Man, and the villains he faces off against tend to be more fun as well.
But then that’s true of all Spider-Man movies. The question is whether or not this one is good?
And I would say that it is.
Oh sure, there are problems with it, but there’s also plenty to enjoy as well.
In terms of the problems, I’d say that the whole character of Electro seemed poorly executed. It might be a bit over the top to have him dress like he does in the comics, but something close to the original subject matter would have been good. Also, aside from appearance issues, the reason for how his character came about was a bit odd and – spoiler alert – when he suddenly became non-corporeal it just got a bit stupid. Oh, and when he became this non-corporeal character, how come he was wearing boxer shorts? I mean, I didn’t want to see Jamie Foxx’s knob or anything, but it seemed stupid.
That side of things was a bit of a let-down, and the stuff with Harry Osbourne wasn’t great either. The Osbourne characters were done far better in the Toby Maguire films and maybe should have been left there.
On that note, there were perhaps too many characters written into the script to do them all justice. I’m not sure why Oscorp hired so many lunatics, and there was no attempt to explain it.
Where the movie excelled though was in the performances of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. By a long way, the most interesting aspect of it was the relationship between Parker & Stacy, and though anyone with a background knowledge of the Spider-Man comics knew how it would end, it didn’t spoil it at all. As a real life couple, the two of them managed to bring a real chemistry and charisma to their roles.
Christ, to come away from a Superhero Action Movie and remark that the best thing about it is the chemistry between the romantic leads makes me feel old.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review: Should You Go To See It?
Anyway, on the whole it was an enjoyable film, and though it might also have been a little bit too reliant upon special effects at times, I found myself interested throughout. I’d say it was worth your time. And it’s good that they’ve also now set up the next instalment in the series too.
But to discuss that in too much detail might be getting ahead of myself.