From the studio headquartered in a city that has been destroyed 28 times by Godzilla comes a sequel to the Spider-Man reboot (A movie that Sony had to make so the evil Disney empire wouldn’t have a chance at the Spider-Man movie rights).
Almost time for the 29th, mis amigos.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Mark Zuckerburg’s ex-best friend) has been enjoying the rest of his high school career, and stopping crime in New York City since he defeated Dr. Curt Connors/Lizard. He has also been in a relationship with Gwen Stacy (Girl that loves Help) for a while now. Peter promised Gwen’s dad while he died that he would stay away from her in order to keep her safe, but no man in their right mind would stay away from a girl that looks like Emma Stone with natural blonde hair.
The only time this dumb life advice gets a pass is when you have a shot with her.
Director Marc Webb—he was destined to make a Spider-Man movie with a name like that– introduces so many villains and plotlines that it was a challenge for the film to pay enough attention to everything. The movie juggles Max Dillon/Electro (Django), a socially awkward engineer for Oscorps Industries, who gets a man crush on Spider-Man after he is randomly saved by him. He later becomes a villain because he’s offended that Spider-Man can’t remember his name amongst the thousands of people that he has helped; it is definitely the best justification for becoming a villain that anyone could have. Rhino (Paul Giamatti) also puts his horn in a few action scenes throughout the movie, and then there is Oscorps Industries itself which creates problems for Spidey indirectly.
At least there is one villain knows how to maximize his electrical powers.
The star villain, who isn’t even the main villain, of the movie is Harry Osborn/Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). The character is intelligent, smart, the right touch of evil, and DeHaan simply steals every scene he is in. He is Peter Parker’s BFF4eva from childhood, but daddy issues intervened and he was sent to boarding school before he hit puberty. Harry has finally returned after almost a decade to take control of his company, so he finds time to add Peter on Facebook and catch up. He also needs Spider-Man’s blood for personal reasons. Even before he fully becomes the Green Goblin, DeHaan perfectly conveys despair, anger, creepiness, sarcasm, and wit in Harry. He’s more electrifying than Electro himself. DeHaan is already somewhat famous for his great performances in low budget movies, but this summer blockbuster will surely put him on the mainstream map.
Far and away the apex actor in this movie.
The visuals and action scenes in this movie are mesmerizing when they balance practical effects and CGI. You’ll feel as if you’re Spider-Man’s old buddy, old pal when he’s slinging across New York because of the fluid movement and camerawork. The one scene that stands out above the rest is the Times Square scene between Electro and Spider-Man. Sony and Marvel didn’t drop the ball on this scene as the rising tension, the innocent New York bystanders that wished they had gone to Jersey for once, choreography, and slow-motion camerawork may make you shoot your web too soon due to how outstanding it is. However, when the movie uses too much CGI, it still isn’t advanced enough to look fully immerse you; it feels as if you’re watching a kid play a video game. The computer effects are also used in scenes where you know they could’ve spent some extra time building sets.
He’s got the moves like Spider.
The other great part of this movie is the sizzling chemistry between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone became a couple while about the time they made the first film and the chemistry is palpable. Their ongoing real-life relationship spreads like a spider’s web into their characters’ scenes together. The romantic dialogue was as cheesy as a plate of nachos at times, but they usually pulled it off. Peter and Gwen’s interactions were so charged that you could feel the audience’s spider-sense tingling in all directions.
This video speaks for itself.
It’s too bad that very time the movie did something well, it would shock itself in the foot. The movie was good and even great at times, and sometimes it was even bad; it was never consistent. There was enough content in the story to make this movie as long as Titanic. This lack of focus and the rushed plotlines turned a heartfelt ending into a commercial for the next movie. I was ready to name this as the superhero movie to beat this summer until the last few minutes.
TL;DR: A movie that has some gripping acting and dialogue from a few of its stars, special effects that sometimes felt real and spectacular, but also stumbles from trying to do too much. It could’ve been truly amazing, but it got tangled up in its own web and never consistently reached those New York-skyscraper heights.
I give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a review score of Almost Left Its Mark.