Director Marc Webb slings into theaters with his newest Spider-Man installment with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Gwen Stacy, Jamie Foxx, Dane Dehaan, and Sally Field with supporting roles by Paul Gimatti and Chris Cooper.
Fans of the comic book series will be happy to learn that Webb is sticking with the original story and staying true to the comic book. Fans can also look forward to catching Easter eggs that allude to the comic book as well as the introduction of a few villains as minor characters.
Dehaan’s interpretation of Harry Osborne was the best plot in the movie. He brings a darker tone to the movie which complements the rest of the film since the franchise seems to be heading towards that direction. His acting skills really shine through as we get to see a more complex and interesting Harry than in the original series.
The movie is 142 minutes long, making it the longest Spider-Man movie to date, and for a movie of that length, there was not enough action scenes. It isn’t until 45 minutes into the film that we see Electro and Spider-Man in a standoff. Much like Sam Rami’s Spider-Man 3, Webb’s attempt at showcasing three villains in one movie proved to be less than amazing.
Trailers teased that Spidey would be facing the Green Goblin and Rhino in addition to Electro, but due to the pace of the movie Green Goblin does not make his appearance until after Electro has been defeated. What’s more is that the Rhino is only on screen during the final scene of the movie.
The movie focuses so much on Peter it might as well have been called “The Adventures of Peter Parker.” It primarily focuses on Parker and his relationships as we get to know more about his character and his past. My biggest problem with the first Amazing Spider-Man is that Garfield is too charming and sarcastic to be Peter Parker, but this time around we get to see a more disturbed Peter and it allows the audiences to sympathize with the character more and see past the sarcasm.
Garfield’s and Stacy’s natural chemistry flourish in the movie and it makes watching the two more enjoyable. However, the relationship between Peter and Harry seemed forced and just put together for the sake of the plotline. If it wasn’t for Dehaan’s performance his character would have felt out of place.
Overall it is a great super hero movie, and although it is not fair to compare the two franchises, the new Webb reboot seems to be teasing a very promising third movie. There have been subtle hints throughout the two movies that the sinister six will make their appearance during the franchise.
The sinister six is a group of super-villains lead and organized by Dr. Octopus. Together they orchestrate plans to take down Spider-Man and decide to take him on one on one, which proves to be a failure because Spider-Man eventually defeats them all.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to premiere June 10, 2016.