The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Directed by Marc Webb
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Sony Pictures Production
"You know what I love about being Spider-Man? Everything." -Peter Parker
Geez, seems like it's been ages since the last time I went here. I've been busy with my campus life, folks. Yea, I actually do have a life. I'm pretty surprised and proud at the same time, myself. So, I've been watching plenty of movies lately, and I'm thinking of going back to what I like to do most; reviewing. For this entry, I have chosen The Amazing Spider-Man 2! Which I've watched like weeks, maybe months ago, but just got the laziness out of my way to write something about it. OK, in case you're wondering, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, or from now on, just TASM2, is a sequel to 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man, which is a reboot of the much-beloved franchise directed by Sam Raimi (one of the coolest directors ever, not kidding), Spider-Man. TASM is a good stand-alone movie. It certainly is different from Raimi's version, especially from the tone, and that's good because we don't want the same thing to be reharsed twice, do we? But, still, to this day I prefer Raimi's version. His Spider-Man movies are just very grand and big, while Webb's version (this reboot) feels much smaller in scale and I don't like the more serious tone very much.
Now, TASM2 follows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) again, the radioactive-spider-bitten teenager who is graduating from his high-school whilst also dealing with New York crimes as the red-and-blue-masked Spider-Man. Peter feels responsible for Gwen Stacy, (the gorgeous Emma Stone) after her dad had made him promise to stay away from her daughter for her sake. OK, I'm trying to remember other things from the movie, but I'm actually blanking. Oh, okay. There's Max. An Oscorp employer who feels overlooked, outcasted and alone, and one day he accidentaly falls into a tub of experiment (for lack of better word) full of leaches? (I don't know what it's called in English) with wires that electrocute him. Soon after, he becomes Electro (a hooded Dr. Manhattan, if you may). He creates panic around NY, and when Peter tries to stop him, and he actually starts to listen to him, a sniper shoots him and causes him to go mad (very cliche). So, now, it is up to Peter to stop him before it's too late. There's actually a whole bunch of sub-plots but my fingers will get sore if I type them all in.
So, what do I think of it? OK, frankly, I think it could be so much bettter. Even with two hours running time, the whole movie feels rushed. The story is pretty all over the place and you can feel that a lot of scenes have been cut from the final version, which is lame, as I think those scenes could actually help the movie by loosing up the plot a little bit and let the audience to breathe and absorb them all in. This theatrical version is just very messy. Electro is not very well-developed, so is Harry Osbourne (eventhough the actor did a decent job), and the movie just cramped way too many things. The editing also doesn't help. It's pretty bad. There's one particular scene (the break-up of Peter and Gwen outside the dim-sum place) in which the editing is so jarring, it kind of disturbs me, and I actually almost never notice this kind of thing.
However, one of the good things about this movie is the cast. They did amazing in their respective roles (although I do think Garfield made Peter kind of douchey), especially Emma Stone who was just adorable in this. Her and her co-star, and also real-life boyfriend, Andrew Garfield had some amazing chemistry. They worked so well with each other, and I actually consider the characters' relationship to be the best thing about this whole reboot. Webb just does wonder with romance, you can see it in his other movie, too; (500) Days of Summer, which is pretty brilliant. He handles young relationship very well. Dane DeHaan was, like I've said before, pretty good as Harry Osbourne. However, we do have som weak links, which are Jamie Foxx who was kind of hammy as Electro, and Paul Giamatti (which was excellent in every role before this), was so bad, it was hilarious. I didn't even recognize him at first (he is Rhino). Well, his character itself seems like an afterthought, something that the filmmakers might found cool-looking.
Another thing that I don't like about this movie is the tone. It tried to be more serious than the original franchise, but occasionally, it threw some stupid-jokes that are not even in good-campy style like in the originals. They are pretty stupid and cringe-inducing. This movie also relies too much on CGI, it almost looks like a video-game. Spidey looked like a rubber. You know, something without bones. I must say, I also don't really like the final fight of him with Electro, mainly due to that horrendous Dubstep music in the background (I don't know if it's part of the scene or not). However, the other action scenes are pretty good and very entertaining, better than in the first installment. This movie is just action-packed.
Now, I want to say that TASM2 also has a really well-constructed, well-edited scene from a technical standpoint, which is the death of a certain character. It was so good. It's the one thing I felt they did right. Unfortunately, I didn't shed any tear, which is kind of dissapointing because it means the scene didn't do its job very well. I felt more sad when I saw poor Aunt May pours his heart to Peter. I did feel really sorry for Peter, though during that certain character's death. Garfield was amazing in that.
OK, overall, TASM2 is ordinary. It's not good, but it's not very bad either. It could be better. It has the potential to be.