We Saw: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

the-amazing-spider-man-2-posterDirector: Marc Webb

Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, James Vanderbilt (screen story), Stan Lee (comic books) & Steve Ditko (comic books)

Genre: Action

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

Cast: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man / Peter Parker

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy

Jamie Foxx as Electro / Max Dillon

Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin / Harry Osborn

Review:

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.

spider1Beginning 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.

spider2The 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.

spider3However, 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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8 thoughts on “We Saw: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

  1. Good read! That’s a shame. I actually really enjoyed the first Spider-Man reboot so was looking forward to the sequel (despite me not being the biggest comic book hero fan). But most of the reviews I’ve read have echoed your sentiments. Seems like they have too much going on here and I hate the idea that the film acts as a precursor to more sequels (ie. setting up parts 3, 4, 5 character arcs). Pity.

    • Hey Dan, thank you for your comment! I also noticed that many people/critics complain about this movie being only a precursor to more sequels, but in this day and age of big budget superhero movies and franchises, is that really a surprise? In my opinion, this movie has much bigger problems than that, and it can be more or less viewed as a stand alone movie.

      Dorian

    • It could be just me (in a way that I simply got used to Garfield putting on the Spider-Man suit), but he definitely feels more like Peter Parker than Shia LaBeouf in this one.

      Dorian

  2. Nice review. You liked this one a fair bit more than I did. For me, the script really detracted from my enjoyment – there were too many plots for any of them to be fully developed and I think they could have held some of them back for the third instalment. Loved the performances though and still keeping hope the next one will be better.

    • The script is definitely the biggest problem with this Spider-Man reboot. Both of these movies had serious script problems and the script writers should definitely be changed if this Spider-Man reboot is to have any real future, which is a shame since the performances, like you said, are very good and everything else is more or less decent. It seems you just can’t have a good movie without a good script.

      Dorian

  3. Your review made me want to seek this one out, and that is your comments about Garfield and Stone’s chemistry. Gwen Stacy played a big part in the comics, and I liked seeing that character in this reboot. There are many different versions of the comic book.(Amazing Spider- Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, ect, ect) He is a franchise character. I loved Sam Raimi’s adaptation of this series, but now I’m ready to take on a new version of a character I like. Even if the script isnt perfect

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