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Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx

The sequel to Amazing Spider-Man is a tried and tested formula film that will deliver gold at box office. Other than raking big bucks, it has its share of weaknesses and good points but there is nothing ‘amazing’ about it as such.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Spider-Man continues his struggle with himself, his life (love and otherwise), conclusions, and pretty much everything a normal adults does. This makes him a superhero everyone identifies with easily (perhaps the reason there is never an apparent overdose of Spidey). 

Strong points of the film:

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey: Emma is a vivacious actress who lights up the screen every time she enters the frame. Personally, she was the reason I actually decided to watch the first film when it clearly seemed unnecessary. The sequel has her carry on the good work; she and Andrew Garfield together, still sparkle. In fact she is what keeps Spidey grounded and thinking clearly. Without her guidance, we all know how confused our web-slinger gets.  

Supporting cast: primarily Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborne), Aunt May (Sally Field), and Paul Giamatti (Rhino) deliver strong performances, even though they had very minimal screen time to make any more impact. Osborne looked the right amount of ominous and can be looked forward to in upcoming films.  

The final 10 minutes: sum up everything a Spidey flick is all about, and energizes the audience. With no hope of deliverance, a kid picks up the mantle against an undeniable threat. Finally, Spidey gets over his slump and gets back in the battle field.

In addition to these, Garfield does well as Spidey, the film starts-off pretty well too, and there are some good laughs here and there. After a long time, got a chance to enjoy an effects-laden film in good old 2D, thoroughly enjoyed the 3D-less experience.   

Weak points of the film:

Script is in complete disarray, and no matter how perky a chemistry Stacey-Garfield share, there is no salvation for a film scripted this poorly. 

Electro: Jamie Foxx simply...well, sucked—such a waste of potential. Rhino in his few minutes looked a much better villain.

All in all a decent one time watch. You enjoy it and the same time wonder what is the need of continuing with the franchise.

Upcoming film: Sinister Six have been given a sneak preview: Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, and Mysterio are more or less going to be unleashed. Rhino and Osborne look promising, others better be good because with Emma Stone (Gwen Stacey) departing from the film there may be no saving grace, unless film is made perfect.

Post-credit: there is an X-Men: Days of Future Past scene that runs after the credits. It has a young William Stryker, Mystique, Toad, Spike, Ink, and Havoc. No apparent connection with Spider-man’a next film.


P.S., of course, Stan Lee has a cameo!

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  1. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1872181/

  2. Got to know of this legal contract thing recently. SONY has to make a Spidey film every five years or lose the rights over the character. ?
    Answered my questions around why Sony keeps coming back to an over exposed character.


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