What's up, guys?! This is my first article on here, so it may not be too great, but hear me out! Today I'm gonna do a late review on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (potential spoilers ahead).
Spider-Man is by far my favorite superhero. I love his relating back-story/development and personality (I'm an awkward skater too), his legendary villains, his sick powers/abilities, etc. I loved the Raimi trilogy as a kid, but now that I'm 16, I don't honor it as much as I used to. Not the good-at-its-time CGI or the terrible third film, the series just wasn't really the Spider-Man that I was looking for. We kind of saw the same thing over and over *cough* Mary Jane *cough*. But now that Marc Webb has rebooted the series, it's safe to say that I love where he's going!
The first film was awesome! I loved the tone and how the Lizard looked, besides the fact of seeing a new villain onscreen. But I'm not talking about the first film today, I'm here to talk about TASM2, and I'll start with the villains:
Electro was definitely my favorite. Jamie Foxx is a genius! I loved Max Dillon's story as a loser that looked up to Spider-Man after he saved his life. After his accident, I liked how he was scared and innocent until he lost his temper and felt betrayed. His motive was obvious and very realistic to me, considering his character prior to being Electro. It was awesome finally seeing him in a Spider-Man movie: I admired his look so much, and his abilities were mind-blowing. His "death" really surprised me, and I'm not sure if he'll be back for Sinister Six or not, but I'll be happy either way. I never actually felt bad for a villain until this film, and that's a major plus to me.
The Green Goblin was pretty cool. I loved his transformation, and his look blows William Dafoe's Power Ranger suit out of the water. He was actually menacing as he should be, and technically killing Gwen was the perfect way to create Spider-Man's greatest enemy. I also liked how Harry was the Goblin instead of Norman, but something tells me he'll be back since he's a master at faking his death (or mechanized) (and it's CHRIS COOPER as NORMAN OSBORN). Dane DeHaan did an amazing job as Harry, the "emo" personality made sense with his past/present/future situations and I loved it. I liked his character development and he arrived kind of quickly, but I don't think he was rushed because he'll be back (I'll explain later).
The same goes for Rhino. The mechanized suit wasn't transformer-ish to me like most people say it looked, I kind of liked it considering the exterior and time it was built (and we don't need another experiment-gone-wrong villain). I liked Paul Giamatti's portrayal as Aleksei and I can't wait for his return.
Now to talk about the other characters: Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man! He lands the role perfectly as Peter and the web-slinger, he's far ahead of Maguire (as Peter and Spidey) if you ask me. He'll be hard to beat in the future, he's the perfect comic book adaptation (and I loved the new costume). I'll miss Emma Stone as Gwen (they did amazing on her death), she definitely beats Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane. Her and Andrew's relationship in the film was very put together and realistic. Felicity Jones did a pretty good job as Harry's assistant, Felicia, even though her role was small, but hopefully we'll see her character develop more if she becomes the Black Cat. I also enjoyed Colm Feore as Donald Menken, but I don't want/think his character will have a large role in future films.
Here's where most will disagree with me: character development and plot lines. Many thought that there was way too many people that needed explained appearances and story-lines with no purpose. Now I will agree that there was a lot of both, but it'll all go together. Everything evolves around Spider-Man, because it's his universe. No one faces only one struggle in life or knows everything about everyone they encounter. In comics, plots go back and forth/in a pattern, and eventually they all connect. There isn't one focus, and that's exactly what TASM2 did. When Spider-Man first came out in the comics, no one knew anything about him. His development came after his presence, and that's what they're doing with characters like Green Goblin and Rhino in Sinister Six (and maybe Electro if he returns), along with the development of other/new characters and/or villains. It's a film series, so they'll all add up to something big (Sinister Six) like comics books do.
I've also noticed that other film franchises have/are using similar methods:
- Christopher Nolan's Batman series had many undeveloped characters and plot holes, but was liked by most audiences (including myself).
- Iron Man 2 is very similar to TASM2 in terms of introducing plots and not-yet-explained characters for creating an expanded cinematic universe.
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will introduce many superheroes that will be unexplained until the Justice League movie.
This movie is one of, if not the best real-life comic book films that I've ever seen. It's so true to the (Ultimate) series and has situations much more realistic than a lot of other films. I love seeing new villains on the silver screen with great actors portraying my favorite characters. I hate the negative attention this film gets, it's way too underrated and deserves much better (thought out) feedback. I know many people will disagree with this article, but I love this movie (8.5/10)! Let me know what you guys think in the comments, thanks for reading!