This is my spoiler free review for Andrew Garfield's return to your friendly neighborhood Spiderman. This film is only released today (16th of April) and I got a chance to see the earliest screening I could. This review if for those who plan to see it without anything being spoiled.
So it seems as if its not long after the events of the first film with Peter Parker doing his daily rounds of saving people and seeing his girlfriend, Gwen Stacey. It follows Spidey in a battle against some of his toughest villains; Green Goblin and Electro. While battling his enemies he still has to deal with finding out about his parents and maintaining his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
One of the first things I noticed about this film is that it's a lot funnier than the first. Andrew Garfield really hits the nail on the head with Spidey's quirky humor that antagonizes his enemies which is always a plus in my books. Andrew Garfield is great in this one. I wasn't totally sold on him from the first movie but I am now. Peter Parker is a tough character, ranging from arrogant vigilante to a troubled man and then a charming boyfriend. Garfield hits all the notes. I have to say he is now my true definition of Spidey (sorry Toby Maguire).
Another thing I liked about the sequel is the tone of the movie. The first seemed too dark, gritty and just not true nature to Spiderman. It seems as if the crew went back to the drawing board and realized a colorful, vibrant Spiderman universe is what was needed. New York looks great in particular. The CGI of the slingin' Spiderman is truly spectacular and among some of the best moments in the film. Between the dynamic use of the camera or the detail in his suit it really is an eye-pleasing film.
A big hit with this film is the relationship of Peter and Gwen. Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) knows romance and relationship directing and that can be seen in this movie with Peter and Gwen's scenes together look totally genuine. The chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone is the most notable thing from the film in my opinion, I felt it just worked so well (I guess it helps that they've been a couple in reality for a few years now). Not to mention Peter's relationship with Aunt May is charming as ever.
The score, which was composed by Hans Zimmer and produced Pharrell WIlliams isn't bad. It was never going to top Danny Elfman's amazing theme from the original trilogy, but who else to try other than Hans Zimmer? The main theme is not very memorable but serves nicely to the film. The scenes with Electro feature fitting Dubstep even though I'm not a fan of that genre of music, it works well.
So far I've seen some poor reviews online which I can't wrap my head around. I'm not biased towards this film nor do I let critics dictate my decision but I have to say I really enjoyed this superhero film and it did for me what the first movie didn't. I'm not sure if I liked it more than the original Spider-Man 2, I'll have to think about that.
Overall it was a fun movie with more heart than I expected. The visuals were fantastic and not letting the critics influence my decision made for an enjoyable film that for me, lived to the hype.
+ Gwen and Peters relationship
+Pretty funny film
- Could have done with more of some villains
- Wasn't a fan of Dane DeHaan as Harry