REVIEW: The Amazing Spiderman 2

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) tries to balance his life of being a superhero and trying to have a normal life with his family and Gwen (Emma Stone) yet whilst trying to find out what happened to his parents things at the same time at Oscorp go bad when Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) becomes Electro and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) gets some devastating news.

Now what I like about this film or in fact this franchise so far is that The Amazing Spiderman is bringing in other villains than the Spiderman films starring Tobey Maguire – yes the green goblin is in this but I like that this series is going for a different angle. I lot of the film is more about Peter Parker’s personal life and a bit of spiderman comes here and there. There’s some action and a lot of soppy romance, which I guess is bound to happen seeing as Peter Parker’s only friends seem to be his Aunt May (Sally Field), Gwen and his old friend Harry Osborn, who has returned to New York to see his dying father (Chris Cooper).

But I think there should have been more of spiderman and more scenes about the villains where they are doing more disastrous mayhem (this seems to be something I always say with every superhero film). Plus I lot of the reasons why the villains turn nasty is by people misunderstanding the situation (e.g. when Electro in Times Square) and somethin didn’t seem right with Electro – it may have been his voice and/or (more likely and) the weird dubstep that played whenever Electro did something bad – it seemed like the production and music score people went “what are the kids listening to nowadays?” “Oh, there’s something called Dubstep” “Yeah let’s have that” – no it didn’t work. But what I did like is that Max Dillon (Electro) just wanted people to notice him and I really like the scene and chemistry that happened when [SPOILERS – FROM NOW ON] Harry Osborn breaks into the building to free Electro and screams in anger and pain that he needs Electro. 

Then there was the whole Harry Osborn needs Spiderman’s blood to try and see if he can live from this curse illness the Osborn family have. I understand this and why Harry needs it (or at least try this idea) but what I didn’t understand is why Peter Parker (as Spiderman of course) wouldn’t just give Harry some bloomin’ blood. Be scared that Harry might want all of your blood sure but he only asked for some of it to see if his father’s idea works and he can survive. Harry Osborn in the film makes a good point about this to Spiderman and says something along the lines of ‘I’m dying anyway so at least let me try and see if this works’ – which to be honest is valid reason to let him try – it just frustrated me. That and how the poster and trailer psychs about Rhino (Paul Giamatti  – the villain on the left on the poster) and it’s only in the last flippin’ 30 seconds. I understand why it’s at the end but really it shouldn’t have been in the trailer otherwise people think it’s going to be another villain throughout the film – no the fliipin’ god damn end.

That and the end was a bit predictable  – I won’t say what but you will know what I mean when you see the film.

Despite the annoying and frustrating parts, the film was good and I did think the acting was good (apart from Electro’s and Green Goblin’s voice) and believe this is a better film series that the Spiderman trilogy a few years ago and I can’t wait for the next one.

The Amazing Spiderman 2: 7.4/10

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