We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. 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.
Before I start with this review, do keep in mind that I’m not a fan of comic books. So I’ve never read the comics, never knew the story so I’m reviewing this as someone who based it entirely on the movie alone, and not comparing with the comic. There will be quite some comparing to Sam Raimi’s version of Spiderman trilogy however. I also had ZERO knowledge of this movie’s plot prior to watching it (so I don’t spoil myself) so I didn’t know what I was expecting. I also should mention that this will be more of personal review than my usual detailed review so I don’t spoil for the non-comic readers and so that I don’t offend any hardcore comic readers 🙂 You can find many detailed reviews in other review sites 🙂
Okay, so yesterday I finally caught The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (TASM2) at the cinema. It was public holiday so the cinema was full and crowded. I was at 5th row so it was still quite near to the screen. It was afternoon screening. At least better than morning screening when only 1st and 2nd row available. Crazy. That would give me very stiff neck and hurt my eyes. As if 5th row didn’t hurt my eyes… it was still bearable though.
The movie was awesome. Compared to the first part, it is more tense yet they balanced off with some good humor in it. Part 1 wasn’t humorous, it was more dark and depressing especially with the death of Uncle Ben. I hated that part because it was too depressing. But this part had some really funny lines and goofy actions so I enjoyed it!
Max Dillon aka Electro – LOVE HIM! I actually love Max Dillon character because he’s this really creepy and weird dude who is obsessed with spider-man. Jamie Foxx did the part well. I really felt so sorry for Max because of how everybody treated him. And he’s not a bad guy, just that he’s been hurt and that’s why he got angry and boom, becomes a villain called Electro. Actually, to be honest, Electro kind of creeps me out. Maybe because he’s all blue, glowing and actually look scary.
Don’t you agree?? I mean come on – that is nightmare material! He seems to be a powerful villain, but geez, there was so much ‘electricity’ that it hurt my eyes just to watch it. So much of it. I reckon it would be awesome in 3D though. But the best thing about Electro is the MUSIC!
Yes, the soundtrack is so awesome in this movie, especially the ‘theme’ for Electro because his music has dubstep elements. What could be more perfect than electricity and dubstep? Perfect match, I’d say. Gives you some sort of adrenaline rush when watching him on screen.
Harry Osborn – Ahh.. Harry. To be honest, I find James Franco as Harry in the previous Sam Raimi’s version better.. because his character was more developed. Probably because he was in all 3 movies and you don’t get to see him turn into New Goblin after a short span of time. There was more emotion with him. You saw him as the nice guy, the best friend, then sad guy, the angry guy and then the bad guy.
But for this version, don’t get me wrong though, I still love Harry Osborn. At first when Dane DeHaan appeared I was like eh? This is Harry? He looked nerdy and innocent. At the beginning, I thought he should’ve been Peter Parker instead due to his nerdyness (he reminds me so much of Tobey Maguire’s version of Peter Parker!). Then he got sick. He looked like a drug addict to me. UNTIL… he turned bad. Ahhhhhhhh…. that’s when I fell in love with his bad side! i’d love to see Dane more as a bad guy. He fits so well.
Only thing is… I can’t stop thinking how much he looks like the young Leo DiCaprio from Titanic era. I mean look at the picture above and tell me you saw so much of Leo DiCaprio in him.. yes? no? I first noticed this when I watched the trailer to Kill Your Darlings.. which reminds me, I need to watch that.
What I Didn’t Like
The movie is too complex. There are way too many subplots that it’s hard to keep up. First with Peter Parker and his family issue, then him with Gwen Stacy, then him as Spider-Man, then Max Dillion, then Max as Electro, then all that stuff with Oscorp and Harry Osborn, then with all the secret stuff, secret project, Harry becoming Green Goblin.. oh gosh. I’m even tired of listing it, and I’m not even done yet. When you have too many subplots, you lose focus on which is important. I’m not saying it’s not good, but I felt they were cramming so much stuff in a movie for the sake of cramming so many stories at once. I didn’t feel that way with Sam Raimi’s version. I’m actually surprised they managed to cram all the subplots in, which needs to be commended on.
I thought after you know.. the thing with Gwen Stacy, the movie will be over.. but noooo.. it actually went on, with new issue.. I was surprised. You mean to tell me the epic battle with Electro AND Green Goblin weren’t enough to end the movie? Then Rhino appears.. then boom. Movie over. Uh. What? NOBODY was expecting that. A very unexpected cliffhanger that introduces a new villain for TASM3? Don’t get me wrong though. I figured it would be for TASM3. It’s just that the way the movie was going, the pace, the editing, to have it end abruptly the way it did took everyone in the cinema by surprise.
The special effects – While some effects were awesome, like the whole thingymajingy with Electro despite giving me headache, but I still hate the effects on Spider-Man. It has always looked very cartoony, and as if he’s defying gravity. Also, some stuff was way overdone and over the top that I could not take this movie seriously, unlike Sam Raimi’s version. I seriously don’t understand why there’s so much flak for his version, especially the 3rd part.
I still hate what happened to Gwen Stacy. It’s because I love seeing Emma and Andrew’s chemistry. As mentioned earlier, not a comic reader. Didn’t expect it. I love Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy more than Kirsten Dunst as Mary-Jane. She needs to come back as clone like in the comic.
Overall, the movie is enjoyable and awesome. Overusing special effects gave me headache from 5th row in the cinema but it was still great. There were parts I didn’t like, but there were parts that I enjoyed the most. I hope they release a special extended director’s cut version. I need to watch this again on DVD when it’s released.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014)
LDG’s Rating: 5 / 5
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Marc Webb
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, James Vanderbilt, Jeff Pinkner, Roberto Orci
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Chris Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, Jamie Foxx, Martin Sheen, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field