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July 7, 2017

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) --- "This Is Why Non-Metal, Latex Suits Are The Preferred Choice Of Superheros."

Plot Summary
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It's great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. 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, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

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     Although I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) but I was not super impressed with it. The film was entertaining. The action and visuals were fun and they way in which they displayed Spider-Man’s spidey sense was very interesting. However the story felt very predictable so the few twists or interesting scenes were not as surprising as they could have been. The film needed to hit some major plot points but since there was no actual flow in the film the plot developments keep coming with no end in sight. This made the plot very choppy and did not feel like it had been finished properly. The only other issue, as far as the story goes, that I have is the subplot of Peter's search for what happened to his parents, mainly his father. It was a new and interesting idea considering that the original trilogy did not do so but it was underused and more so there to fill time in between the romance and action.

     Here is how I think it could have all gone. Rather than the main villain being Electro, the main villain could be the Green Goblin. From what we found out in the first Amazing Spider-Man (2012), we only brushed the surface, Peter’s father had some secret ties to Obscorp and we know that Harry Obscorp is the Green Goblin. It would only make sense that while Peter is figuring out what happened to his parents that he would have to face off with the Green Goblin throughout the film. And then face off against Electro in a third installment, perhaps a final battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin is what turns Max Dillon into Electro so now he’s out for revenge, maybe even Mary Jane. Obviously this did not happen and as such the film is reminiscently cringe worthy as a cross between Spider-Man 3 (2007) – because of the multitude of villains and stories – and Spider-Man 2 (2004) – because of the awkward romance and comedy.
     Once again the chemistry between Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Emma Stone (La La Land) is great and they each do their best despite a thin script with cheesy one-liners. It is sad that their potentially beautiful scenes together gets lost in the messy plot either because of heavy dub-step or an electric blue-man. Jamie Foxx (Annie) is awkward and somewhat creepy as Max Dillon because of his obsession with Spider-Man but as Electro he does get a bit better. Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) is one of my favorite actors in this film. His portrayal of Harry Osborn is almost perfect. He delivers a character with a dark past the has now evolved into this creepy, spoiled, and arrogant character who has had his fair share of adversity. The chemistry he has with Garfield’s character is genuine, as they play two long time friends who have been distant for a while but are now back together and are trying to figure out where they stand with each other. The reason that I say he is ‘almost perfect’ is because his character development throughout the film is rushed and a little underdeveloped in some areas. Especially since his character development and the things he uncovers, like some corporate intrigue and his father’s past with Peter’s parents. Sally Field (Lincoln, Forrest Gump) is great as Aunt May but leaves no lasting mark since the few scenes she is in are mostly underused moments.

Overall, despite all of the negative feedback the Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an entertaining film and the final product is much better than the previous film. But the story of Peter’s parents is underdeveloped and Electro is a pretty lackluster villain, at least until the last 15-20 minutes and even then it’s not very climactic. The only saving grace, I think, is the rest of the cast and some action scenes. The chemistry between Garfield and Stone is good, even though the they are interrupted a lot, and DeHaan’s performance is amazing. It would have been nice to have a Spider-Man film where he is the main villain because the evolution of that character, I believe, would be worthwhile to see.

 “Everyday I wake up knowing that no matter how many lives I protect, no matter how many people call me a hero, someone even more powerful could change everything.”
- Peter Parker
Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3.8 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  3.8 of 5 stars

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Fantastic Four (2005)
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Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Spider-Man 1 (2002)
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Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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Cast & Crew
Directed by: Marc Webb
Writing Credits:
(Based on Marvel comic) Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Produced by 
Avi Arad                   ---    producer
Tom Cohen              ---    associate producer
Alex Kurtzman        ---    executive producer
Stan Lee                   ---    executive producer
Roberto Orci            ---    executive producer
Beatriz Sequeira      ---    associate producer
Matthew Tolmach   ---    producer
E. Bennett Walsh    ---    executive producer
Cinematography by: Dan Mindel.
Film Editing by: Pietro Scalia.
Production Design by: Mark Friedberg
Andrew Garfield                              ---       Spider-Man / Peter Parker
Emma Stone                                     ---       Gwen Stacy
Jamie Foxx                                        ---       Electro / Max Dillon
Dane DeHaan                                   ---       Green Goblin / Harry Osborn
Colm Feore                                       ---       Donald Menken
Felicity Jones                                   ---       Felicia
Paul Giamatti                                   ---       Aleksei Sytsevich
Sally Field                                          ---       Aunt May
Embeth Davidtz                               ---       Mary Parker
Campbell Scott                                ---       Richard Parker
Marton Csokas                                ---       Dr. Ashley Kafka
Louis Cancelmi                                ---       Man in Black Suit
Max Charles                                      ---       Young Peter Parker
B.J. Novak                                         ---       Alistair Smythe
Sarah Gadon                                     ---       Kari

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