Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Releases May 2nd, 2014
2 hr 21 min
Rated PG-13


Marc Webb

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
Colm Feore as Donald Menken
Felicity Jones as Felicia
Paul Giamatti as Rhino / Aleksei Sytsevich
Sally Field as Aunt May
Campbell Scott as Richard Parker
Embeth Davidtz as Mary Parker
Marton Csokas as Dr. Ashley Kafka
Louis Cancelmi as Man in Black Suit
Max Charles as Young Peter Parker
Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn

Review by Stephen M.

Amazing Spider-Man 2, the Rise of Electro starts off with Spidey leaping off and swinging through Manhattan.  Scenes like that throughout the movie and him fighting Electro and Green Goblin is what makes this movie exhilirating to watch.  We've come a long way from seeing Spider-Man on The Electric Company (check the clip below!), but is this the best Spider-Man movie to date?

My two biggest problem with the movie is the length of the movie and the annoying background chant during Electro's origin.  With regards to the length, the movie tried to do too much while not resolving a whole lot.  We see flashbacks of Richard Parker several times from that night in which a young Peter found his father's work area a mess to his parents ill fated flight.  Still many questions about them remains to be answered.  Besides his father, we also get Electro played by Jaime Foxx, a bit of the Rhino played by Paul Giamatti, and as well Harry (Dane DeHaan) and Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) story that kind of intertwines but not very well.

With regards to the annoying chant during Electro's early scene which starts from even before Max Dillon becomes the super powered villain.  It's not so obvious that it's suppose to be his "inside" voice until later on.  I thought it was actually background noise leaking in from a theater next door!   Aside from that, the soundtrack compliments the movie superbly.

With regards to the acting, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone really grows on you and Peter and Gwen respectively.  Their flirtations with each when trying to be just friends is enduring.  Despite the comical presentation of Max Dillon as an obsessive nobody, Jaime Foxx is amazing as Electro.  Even if the filmmaker's portrayal of the character is less than flattering.  

It's interesting that they chose to focus on Harry Osborn as suppose to Spider-Man's main arch rival Norman Osborn.  Dane DeHaan's preppy look gets a little getting use to.  Especially since it's such a contrast to Peter Parker's look.  Seeing Harry return to Oscorps with his blue friend shows us they've picked the right actor for this role.  If you've ever follow the comic books then you know Gwen and the Green Goblin doesn't mix well.  I won't spoiled it for you, but I would say I wish they actually introduced Mary Jane Watson during the film.  Even if it's just a cameo.

Overall, I would recommend watching the film.  Again I wish the film was a lot tighter.  As well, I am not a fan of how they turned traditional characters into something else.  For example, the Rhino being a mechanized armor suit.  There are a few side characters introduced during the film including Smythe and Felicia which in the comic books are important characters.  Smythe being known for creating the Spider-Slayers robots or armor suits that is used against Spider-man.  And Felicia could be Felicia Hardy aka the Black Cat.  The screening that I attended unfortunately didn't have any end credit scenes or images of any kind.


Spider-Man on The Electric Company (1970s):

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