Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Directed By: Marc Webb.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field and Paul Giamatti.
So last week I wrote my original review for this movie and I didn't give it the most positive review because I simply didn't enjoy it when I first saw it. But since then I have seen the movie two more times and I can honestly say I was wrong. I am absolutely in love with this movie now! So I will be re-reviewing this movie in this article and then at the end I will delve into spoilers and Easter eggs for those of you who have seen the movie!
So we meet up with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) not long after the events of the first film and he has fully embraced his role as New York's protector. He swings beautifully through the streets of New York fighting crime and saving civilians. Life has never been better for the wall crawler....but that is all about to change.
Max Dillon is an employee at Oscorp who is involved in a horrific accident that leaves him with the powers to control and manipulate electricity, therefore becoming the villain....Electro. Before Max gained his abilities he was just a lonely guy who needed a friend and when Spider-Man saves Max's life, he believes Spider-Man is his best friend. When Max feels betrayed by Spider-Man he goes into a blind rage and goes on a vendetta towards the hero.
Our other antagonist in the film is Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan). Harry is Peter's estranged best friend. The two haven't seen each other in 8 years and when Harry returns to New York, the two try to re-kindle their friendship. Harry also feels betrayed by Peter so he teams up with Electro to take down Spider-Man.
One of my main issues with the film when I first watched it was the villains. I thought they were just poorly done. But after a couple more viewings, I have grown towards them a bit. I still don't think they're great villains but I do like them now. Electro does come out with some ridiculous one liners....such as "It's my birthday....time to light my candles" which had me rolling my eyes but visually he was stunning, especially in one shot where Spider-Man is chasing Electro through the city which was beautifully done. Green Goblin has a really stupid voice but the costume is great and we are definitely going to get him in future films. And well.....Rhino. Paul Giamatti as the Rhino got me excited when it was announced but he such a bad character, especially with the awful Russian accent. But Rhino was always one of the worst Spider-Man villains so I shouldn't have expected much.
Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man is just perfect. He captures everything I love about the character, his wit and cockiness to the way he moves, its just brilliant. He has definitely surpassed Tobey Maguire's portrayal of the character. He brings so much more depth to the character of Peter and Spider-Man than we have ever seen before. Also the chemistry between Andrew and Emma is amazing, which is no surprise seeing as they are together in real life.