Movie review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)


Luckily I purchased tickets for this movie several days ago. If not, I would not be able to watch it on its first day of release today, which is also a public holiday in conjunction of Labor Day. Since it is also a highly anticipated sequel to the first ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ film back in 2012, I’m sure this is going to attract a lot of movie-goers (including me) and gain a lot in box office. Now, Peter Parker (Spiderman) faces two villains (or literally three); Electro (the main antagonist), Green Goblin and a bit of Rhino in the end (sorry for spoiler) while dealing on his relationship with Gwen Stacy.

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The story is nice, but I find that there are too many things going on which can make things complicated easily. Overstuffed. In the same theatre with mine, there are a lot of children. They do enjoyed the actions but not by the story which may be hard to digest for them. If I am the director or the scriptwriter, I would take out the Harry’s part (or only includes a bit of him) and focuses more on Electro instead. By this way, we could then see more bad things Electro can do (he obviously can since he is a powerful supervillain with electrical strength) to wreak havoc to the city which would be more exciting to watch. The story also goes too deep into those history of Peter’s father. Too much.

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There are some boring scenes involving excessive talking especially between Peter with Gwen or Harry. That is why I find that the movie is taking a bit too long. In over 140 minutes, it is the longest Spiderman movie to date. Take some parts out (as mentioned earlier) and you will then have a much proportioned outcome. Nevertheless, the solid story and the amount of intense actions complemented well with some humorous acts from Spidey himself helped push the movie to a positive feedback. I enjoyed the part where Electro first seen by the public at the New York’s Times Square and the chaos he did. Climatic and exciting scene. Too bad it ended quite fast. Even the final part of the battle between Electro and Spiderman at the power station looks unrealistic and falls short. Anyway, there were still some splendid actions delivered.

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After this sequel, I can stand firm on my opinion that Andrew Garfield is the perfect choice as Spiderman here. Young, energetic and fun, he did all the right things to make this superhero character very likeable, fresh and different from Tobey Maguire in the earlier ‘Spiderman’ film franchise. Emma Stone also did well as his love interest; Gwen Stacy who died on this film sadly which I believed will lead to appearance of Mary Jane Watson character later on. Jamie Foxx as Electro; no comment. Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn looks interesting but his character can be developed on the next sequel instead to make more room for Electro as I mentioned earlier. On the other hand, the visual effects are good (have to be as this is a huge budget production).

Generally, this superhero film is good and is better than its predecessor. Much solid but overcrowded plot, sufficient character’s development, having much funnier approach, slightly disappointing action sequences, satisfying visuals, fantastic performance from main casts, and emotionally heavier. There are goods and bads but the former overshadows the latter. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Amazing Spider-man 2’ a total of 7.4.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

 

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