If you’ve kept up to date with the copious amounts of trailers and TV spots Sony have released for The Amazing Spiderman 2, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve seen half the movie already. But you’d be wrong!
One of my concerns going into the movie was, with so much shown in promotional material, how much of the movie would we actually be seeing for the first time on the big screen? The answer was, loads. Most of the dialogue from these trailers, and a couple of the complete scenes, never made the final cut.
This makes for a very entertaining and fresh view of a movie we thought we already had figured out! Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone once again shine as the stars of the movie, their on screen chemistry clearly bolstered by their off screen relationship. Garfield seems more comfortable in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-man than his first outing, oozing charm and injecting Spidey’s trademark humour. The supporting cast doesn’t disappoint either as Dane DeHaan also impresses as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin. Where James Franco’s Harry came across as Peter Parker’s dorky friend, DeHaan’s portrayal pitches him equally as smart, if not smarter than Peter. He plays a much more sinister Goblin who’s only fault is the lack of time we share with him in this movie, something that will hopefully be rectified in future outings.
Villain overload was another well voiced concern amongst fans and I think it’s safe to say, unlike with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, this isn’t an issue. Each villain serves their purpose within the story, with Paul Giamatti’s ‘Rhino’ book-ending the movie. Jamie Foxx plays a good Max Dillon and an even better Electro, showcasing the paranoid Spidey obsessed Max and Power hungry Electro. It’s clear that Sony want to use this movie to open up their own Marvel-esque universe and this is where it does struggle at times. Whether its the lack of screen time for Goblin and Rhino, or the rushed introductions of Alistair Smythe and Felicia Hardy, there are moments that might leave the uninitiated scratching their heads. This doesn’t detract from the fact it is a great stand alone movie in its own right.
The soundtrack is also well produced, moving from a rousing heroic theme for Spidey’s appearances, to an electronic Dub-Step style for Electro. During Electro’s Times Square appearance whispered chants can be heard over the soundtrack, meant to portray Electro’s paranoia, but with all the other sound effects and speech going on it’s difficult to hear what his ‘thoughts’ are.
The action set pieces are brilliant and will keep you guessing as to what’s coming next, and the Web Swinging from Spidey’s point of view puts you right in the middle of the action. For this reason, and it’s not often I say this, go and see it in 3D. The perspective of the buildings in the Web Swinging scenes really make you feel like you’re in the moment.
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[The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) improves on it’s predecessor in every way possible, great humour and action sequences are paired off with genuine heartwarming and emotional moments. It struggles at times where it tries to expand it’s own universe but overall leaves you wanting more from our friendly neighbourhood web swinger! Scoop!