A few critics have said that they did not care much for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. They said it was too similar to the Sam Raimi series, that it had too many villains, and even one of my friends called it “craptastic.”
While I will concede that the movie trailer was a little misleading, I thoroughly enjoyed this film.
Peter Parker is investing his time into being Spider-Man while also balancing his love life with Gwen Stacy. Despite the fact they are deeply in love, he keeps seeing her father Police Captain Stacy, hauntingly reminding him of his promise to stay away from her. Meanwhile, Norman Osborn passes away leaving his estate to his son Harry and ignored employee Max Dillon gets supercharged as the villainous Electro.
I disagree with the notion that the film had too many villains. In my opinion, it made the film far more interesting and entertaining to feature Rhino, Green Goblin, and Electro. They introduced several other Spider-Man characters like Alistair Smythe, Felicia Hardy, and Mr. Fiers. It was a broad attempt to introduce more characters to expand the franchise.
The acting of Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield was far superior to Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, so it allowed them to carry the film through the flaws it has and it does have a few. The film moved at a light speed pace making it somewhat hard to keep up with the plot and the ending left me with a disappointed feeling. It felt tacked on and an attempt to bring it to shocking climax, but more for the sake of shock value than for a good ending.
Despite this the film is entertaining and noteworthy. It is has superior special effects and Marc Webb’s directing brings a believable take on the comic book hero.
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- Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man / Peter Parker
- Max Charles as Young Peter Parker
- Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
- Jamie Foxx as Electro / Max Dillon
- Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin / Harry Osborn
- Colm Feore as Donald Menken
- Chris Cooper as Norman Osborne
- Felicity Jones as Felicia Hardy
- Paul Giamatti as Rhino / Aleksei Sytsevich
- Sally Field as Aunt May
- Campbell Scott as Richard Parker
- Embeth Davidtz as Mary Parker
- Marton Csokas as Dr. Ashley Kafka
This article has been updated from a previous edition.