'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Amps up movie going season
While the first Amazing Spider-Man left me stone cold, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is at least three times better, and it has nothing to do with the villains that the studio has shown on the trailer – or only a little to do with them.
Emma Stone does a terrific job in delivering a performance that is believable and full of the right emotions at the right time, and Andrew Garfield seems to be at ease in his role as Spider-Man in this movie. Where the comedy felt forced in the first one, it seems to flow naturally keeping true to its comic book roots without pulling the audience out of the film.
There were only a couple points in the film where it felt like it was rehashing generic villain traits. The Amazing Spider-Man in these film incarnations has yet to realize that the scariest villains are the ones who are just regular people that turn to evil because they see no other path. Instead, it is the outcasts, the geniuses and the mostly already insane who become the bad guy.
While the misleading trailers will allow fans to enjoy the movie more, Joss Whedon might refer to this film as The Empire Strikes Back as it does not fully resolve several questions or emotional consequences. Instead of exploring Peter Parker’s feelings, it glosses over them and throws him back into the ring with a nod and a wink.
Jamie Foxx’s Electro is great, and the opening sequence will leave you breathless as will many of the other fight scenes. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is worthy to open the summer season.
Ed. Note: There are rumors that there is a teaser after the credits in the theatrical release; you might want to stick around for it, but it was not shown at the promo screening.
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