Coming to theatres this Friday from director Marc Webb and Marvel comes the next adventure of THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN.
This film tells the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), ready to graduate with love Gwen (Emma Stone). What keeps him at bay from her is the promise he made to Gwen’s father. It’s the price he pays for protecting the citizenry of New York from villains.
One afternoon Spiderman meets Max (Jamie Foxx), an engineer for Oscorp who embraces the webbed hero as a friend. An accident causes a transformation and now Max is Electro, a being who is fueled by electricity.
Peter also runs into his old friend Harry (Dane DeHaan) who has taken over Oscorp from his deceased father and an inside enemy Donald Menken (Colm Feore). He also inherited a disability that only Spiderman can help cure but when it doesn’t happen, Harry takes on some venom that turns him into a villain.
All of this brings Gwen, Electro and the Green Goblin on a collision course that can destroy New York!
FINAL WORD: Garfield as Parker/Spiderman was really good in the first THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN in 2012. He had charm and a cute shyness that added something to the character. That being said, that extra something seems lacking in this film, or perhaps he is outgrowing the ability to play the character.
Stone as Emma is a force to be reckoned with in any role. She’s strong and clearly can stand on her own two feet without Peter or Spiderman. I liked that about her character and I can’t imagine who else could do what she does. Talk about charm, wit and a strong sense of the character – this actress has it all.
Foxx as Electro is just another character that reminds me of so many other Marvel characters. There was nothing impressive about his character as Max or as the guy charged by electricity. Sorry, I’m calling this one as I see it.
Feore as Menken puts in his camera time and he’s another actor that I really like. Field returns as Aunt May and gives a few Aunt’isms to help Peter through a few rough patches and argues to do his underwear. Campbell as Peter’s father gives a fatherly quick performance.
DeHaan as Harry seemed another disconnected character here. It is a shame really because DeHaan is a really good character actor. There are a few moments between Harry and Peter that are humorous and fun but its short lived. No real storyline here unless, I suppose, you read the comics. Then again I don’t want to have to read to know my film characters.
Other cast include: Felicity Jones as Felicia, Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, Embeth Davidtz as Mary Parker, Campbell Scott as Richard Parker, Marton Csokas as Dr. Ashley Kafka, and Sara Gordon as Kari.
FINAL WORD: I give THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 two and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Yep, I’m going to get some serious crap for that but I can live with that. Honestly I almost fell asleep twice because there was nothing new here to offer me to stay awake!
Here it is in a nutshell: Menken trying to take Oscorp is like Obadiah trying to take Stark Industries in IRONMAN, Spiderman all of a sudden has an underground lair like Batman’s Bat cave, one minute Electro is in shorts like THE HULK and the next he’s wearing a suit from FANTASTIC FOUR, Ravencroft Mental Institute is just Arkham Asylum and finally, the character of Max is the same as Dr. Edward Nygma from BATMAN FOREVER.
There are a lot of special effects, a lot of slow-mo, a lot of destruction, snappy one liners and a lot of down time. I don’t know how many more long drawn out sequences I can see of New York get buildings smashes, cars crashing and buses flipping over, I mean didn’t Superman just do that in his last movie?
I’m sure if you are a fan of Marvel Comics and Spiderman then you’ll be happy no matter what I saw so lets just agree to disagree. I’m sure you’ll find it pleasantly predictable and see the next installment coming.
In the end – his greatest battle begins.