Plot: It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
Review: I have a love/hate relationship with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I am a huge Spider-Man fan and enjoyed the Raimi/Maguire trilogy(except for that piece of shit they called Spider-Man 3). So by all means i go into a Spidey movie WANTING to enjoy it. The first Amazing Spider-Man was decent enough for me to enjoy. This new one had so much hype before even releasing, whether it be all the villains or the possible death of Gwen Stacy. Did it live up to the hype? Well it made a shit ton of money that’s for sure. Lets see what we have here.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follows the events of the first movie. Peter is having a difficult time dating Gwen Stacy after promising her father that he will stay away from her in a way to protect Gwen. Harry Osborn also comes in on the fact that his father Norman is dying. We also get Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino wrecking havoc on all of New York. Then Harry turns into the Green Goblin. And honestly, that’s pretty much it. Not saying that’s a bad thing because this is far from a horrible movie. I just wish there was more character development that’s all. Electro, being promoted as the film’s main villain, felt like he was only on screen for 20 minutes total. Let me get this straight, this is the longest running Spider-Man movie to date and it feels like your main bad guy is barely in it? Ok. Then, most of the scenes that were in the trailer didn’t make the cut. There was no scene about Harry telling Peter that Oscorp had been watching him. That was one of the scenes in the trailer that got me interested. Next, when the images of the Rhino suit were released, fans started complaining how it didn’t look like the comics. Well you idiots, you should know by now that director Marc Webb’s universe is a mixture of the classic Spider-Man series with the Ultimate series. In the Ultimate Spider-Man universe, Rhino has a suit just like that. I had no problem with that. Too bad if you blinked, you would have missed Paul Giamatti’s scenes.
Since we are talking about the Rhino’s suit and special effects, that is one category this movie got right. The special effects were amazing(no pun intended). Everything to Spider-Man swinging through the city, to Electro messing up Times Square, to even the Green Goblin’s fight scene with Spidey(which should have been WAY LONGER). The acting was good in this movie. Everybody played their role well. In my opinion, Dane DeHaan stole every scene he was in portraying Harry Osborn. The reason the movie hasn’t been getting the best reviews is NOT because of the acting or special effects, its the story telling.
In some ways, it had the Spider-Man 3 curse. If you put too many story arcs in one movie, you wont have the right amount of time to tell the story. So you rush it. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 felt rushed. You can say, “Oh they were just setting up the 3rd one”, or “they were setting up the Sinister Six movie”. Yeah, you can say that. But that doesn’t mean you have to make a bad movie. The other Marvel movies(yeah, im talking to you Avengers) make great solo movies with LITTLE HINTS at the future movies. They crammed way too much in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
It’s funny because the Raimi trilogy has EXCELLENT story telling, and not so many heavy action scenes, yet Webb’s series is the complete opposite. We get heavy action scenes, but not so great story telling. The acting and special effects saved me from trashing this movie. I guess we can only wait to see if this was all worth it in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or the upcoming Sinister Six movie. In no way is this a terrible movie, but not even close to IMO the best Spider-Man movie ever made(Spider-Man 2). I give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a 6.5/10.