Spider-Man is back struggling once again with his emotions and personal life all while trying to save New Yorkers from crime. Reuniting with his old friend Harry brings even more turmoil for Peter when Harry assumes control of Oscorp and sets his sights on Spider-Man.
Andrew Garfield (Spidey / Peter), Emma Stone (Gwen), Jamie Foxx (Electro / Max), Dane DeHaan (Green Goblin / Harry), Colm Feore (Donald), Felicity Jones (Felicia), Paul Giamatti (Aleksei), Sally Field (Aunt May).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 jumps right to Spider-Man fighting crime before we realize this episode actually takes us back in time to the development of Oscorp and some of Spidey’s archvillans, and explains some of Peter’s emotional issues. Once character introductions and setting are complete the film delves into many aspects of Peter’s life. Too many actually. Before all is done Spidey must face three foes, his past as a child, his transformation into Spider-Man, and personal loss. Sadly the film seemed to focus on the emotional issues rather than the action and adventure most of us enjoy from the Spider-Man franchise.
Acting was decent with Garfield doing well with the humor and as a personal counselor. Stone was okay but just didn’t seem to have the energy with Garfield for the role she was playing. Foxx was excellent as Electro and Max, delivering very well. DeHaan felt awkward and strange at first but eventually settled into his role nicely as someone we love to hate. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all nicely done however it is hard to tell in this one where reality ends and CGI takes over. Make no mistake, this film has a LOT of CGI and as it is comic book based much of it feels cartoonish or over the top. Action scenes were decent with a good amount of detail. Dialogue had more depth than is usually found in this type of film which actually took time away from action scenes. Sound and soundtrack were good.
When the dew on the web finally dries The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a decent film but not quite what we had hoped for from the franchise. Too many parallel plot-lines and less action than expected make this one more of an emotional journey than an action adventure.
With violence and possibly disturbing content this should be fine for preens and above, though they may find the emotional content boring.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comic Books and Superheroes
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