Starring: Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone
Director: Marc Webb
Running Time: 142 mins
Last night was the UK release of The Amazing Spiderman 2 as I’m sure you know and armed with my trusty Cineworld card, off i went to see it.
S2, as it will be known in this post, is straight off the bat an incredible piece of work from the Marvel franchise. Putting aside all the films that basically link together because they are the Avengers, S2 is the little Marvel gem that has to stand alone in the middle of the playground with all the big kids and hold its own. This sequel to its surprisingly successful predecessor (people wondered why we were getting another one after Tobey Maguire’s outing) does exactly that.
Andrew Garfield is quite simply becoming my most favourite person on the planet! His awkward yet sexy yet troubled teen take on Peter Parker has breathed a new breath of life into the character that allows you to connect with Peter’s issues and truly feel them as he does. His constant conflict over his love for Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) and his desire to protect her although are issues he has always had, are truly put to the test.
S2 in addition to Peter’s humour and emotional turmoil tells us about Peter’s parents and why they had to leave him with Aunt May and Uncle Ben. We watch Peter reach an internal understanding about his place in the world and how he intends to continue his dual life.
Now, that’s all the characterisation and emotional stuff out of the way but S2 also has a lot to offer in the way of SFX. This goes without saying with a film of this type but the level of effects here are truly awesome. The opening scene i thought was brilliant as you see intricate detail in the spidey suit that wasn’t necessarily visible before as it was that cheap CGI that makes everything look round and rubbery. The only hiccup with the SFX is the overuse of the slow motion effect. You know, the whole, im-gonna-dodge-a-bullet-so-you-cant-miss-any-bullets-i-dodge effect. There are times when it is necessary (Time Square scene) but others, not so much (random points in PowerPlant scene) which i felt took away from fighting a bit.
Talking about fighting (smooth transition!) Spidey has quite a bit of that towards the end of the movie but in true SpiderMan style, its not overly physical or one on one. A lot of acrobatics and dodging blows, in this case electric ones and strategically placed webbing helps him come out on top of his enemy who this time around is Electro played by the ever wonderful Jamie Foxx. I was a bit sceptical about Jamie as a villain but he achieved it surprisingly well with a character that is shocking both physically due to his power and visually. His character before he is turned into Electro provides some funnies other than those from Spidey himself and begs the question: Can black people actually have comb overs? 😂
As well as a new villain, Harry Osborne has decided to show up in this film as the perfect catalyst for a third instalment of the film. Dane DeHaan is really quite creepy looking and even if you didn’t know who he was destined to become you’d be afraid of him!
To wrap this up, The Amazing Spider Man 2 is so good, when it was over i felt like id just gotten off a roller coaster and wanted to clap that i was finally on solid ground again! Its a thrilling movie to watch both for the action and effects but also for the emotions and character development that are solid throughout. I dare you not to love it!!
B/N: There is a sneaky peek at an X Men: Days of Future Past after the credits but nothing that in anyway connects it to the Spider Man films. There is also nothing at the very end of the credits either so dont wait around!