The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Baby Huey's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Marvel Comics biggest superheo character Spider-Man is back with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This is the sequel to 2012's, The Amazing Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and the all-star cast continues with the return of Emma Stone as Qwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May. New additions include Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin, along with Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino. This movie is the second one in the reboot of the movie franchise. In case you needed a reminder Tobey Maguire's three Spider-Man movies are separate movies with no relation to the new ones. I was personally excited for this movie because generally the sequels to most superhero movies are just as good if not better than the first ones. This is due to the fact most first movies are just origin stories and end up spending the first third of the movie setting up how the character got their powers and became a superhero.

The movie picks up some time after the events from the first movie and right off the bat you see Spider-Man fighting crime in downtown New York City. Spidey is trying to stop Aleksei SytsevichI from an arm robbery attempt. I was so happy to see in the first scene of Spider-Man that his suit was changed back to the traditional form that we all know from the comics (in the first movie they slightly changed the design). Immediately you see how amazing the special effects are, I felt like I was riding along with Spider-Man as he flies through the city. The entire movie was very fun and visually amazing to watch. The CGI and special effects were fun to watch. It was like watching the Spider-Man cartoon but in live action form. They do a tremendous job of capturing Spider-Man's iconic poses as he flies through the air that we are used to seeing in the comics. Andrew Garfield is the best Spider-Man to date (sorry Tobey Maguire). Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone's on screen chemistry was very believeable and did a great job portraying the on screen young love relationship of Peter Parker and Qwen Stacy. Not to sound like a tech geek but the sub story of Peter Parker's web shooters was fun to watch. I'm so glad for this reboot franchise they went back to the original comics story version of Peter Parker building/designing and using the web shooters (in the Tobey Maguire versions his web came naturally out of his wrists).

Jamie Foxx really owned the villian character of Electro. You can see Jamie Foxx go back to his comedic background to portray the loser persona of Max Dillon who is obsessed with Spider-Man and wanting to be his friend. After Max Dillon becomes Electro, Jamie Foxx was able to go back to his serious acting skills to show how angry Electro was, as he seeks revenge against the world for not accepting him. Dane DeHaan has a natural cynical look in his face, which is the perfect feature to display the Harry Osborn character. As he transforms into the Green Goblin character, his face became pure evil and would put fear into any superhero.

This movie maintains the darker tone as we saw in it's 2012 prequel, compared to Tobey Maguire's three Spider-Man movies. Don't worry it is not as dark as Christopher Nolan's Batman triology but definitely has Peter Parker dealing with a lot of personal issues which forces him to decide what direction he wants to take his life and can he handle being Spider-Man. One of the bigger issues that occurs is him coming to terms with the abandonment of his parents and what happened to them. I personally felt they spent too much time on that aspect of the story partly because his parents had little prescence in the comics. I understand why the movie company created this story arc, to give Spider-Man more emotional substance and coming to terms with his life's destiny. I felt at times the movie forced too many one liner jokes from Peter Parker. We get it, you are a superhero and total badass, you don't need to rub it in. I also wished the movie did a better job of introducing Harry Osborn. They just threw his character into the movie and told the audience that Peter Parker and Harry Osborn were childhood friends. There was no real development of the two, I hate to do this, but the one thing I liked about Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man movies was you saw the interaction between Peter Parker and Harry Osborn and saw their friendship go through ups and downs. With that being said, the comic book nerds are always going to compare Andrew Garfield's movies to Tobey Maguire's original three. This movie is so much better than 2007's Spider-Man 3. A lot of fans were worried this movie was going to be just like Spider-Man 3 because the trailers portrayed that three villians were going to take on Spider-Man. Sorry for the early spoiler, but it's more like two villians fighting Spider-Man with the third being used as a teaser for the next movie. I'm excited for the direction of The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Rhino's character was a joke, a friend pointed out to me, it was almost as bad as Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin. While I do like the darker tone and the direction of Peter Parker's character, I do miss the first person narrative from Tobey Maguire’s movies, when we hear his thought process.

Overall, I thought the movie did a great job of reenforcing what it means to be a super hero and the consquences/resposibilites one has to deal with. The sacrifices one has to make to be a superhero and what are their priorities. The relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy tests the boundaries
consquences and resposibilites. Another theme I picked up on was how Peter Parker's personality changes when he puts the mask on and becomes the Spider-Man. Peter Parker becomes more confident and cocky. At times he even becomes very condescending to others, which in the case of Electro, comes back to shock him in the ass, no pun intended.

I will say this, in case you haven't noticed, we are in the golden age of superhero movies. This movie is another great movie to add to the running list of awesome superhero movies to come out in the last six years. I have said it before and I will say it again, Superhero movies have brought back life to the summer movie blockbuster season. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes out to theaters on Friday, May 2nd.

Check out the movie poster below. Click on the picture to watch the movie's trailer.


Last Updated on Saturday, May 03 2014 14:08

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