Swinging back into action, Spider-Man reappears on the big screen with some new challenges to tackle. This installment also gives us a deeper look into the character of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) including the death of his parents, his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and his responsibilities as one of our favorite masked heroes. Those responsibilities include facing off against some of his toughest foes yet, including Electro (Jamie Fox), Green Goblin (Dane Dehaan), and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). After its opening weekend, The Amazing Spiderman 2 opened with bigger numbers in the box office than its predecessor, but what do we (as the audience) take away from this film?
Well, the continual waves of advertisement for this film gave everyone high expectations for this release. We’ve never seen villains such as Electro and Rhino brought to life in a live-action film, so I’m sure everyone was anxious for this release. We also get to see the funnier, more sarcastic version of Spiderman that everyone is familiar with. Spiderman uses this snarky attitude to anger his enemies, and throw them off balance. The chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone remains as one of the film’s greatest assets. Their witty banter and emotional depth brought this movie to life in a whole new way. Another aspect that brought excellence to this film was the visual effects. From the very beginning we are taken into the high-flying world of Spiderman, casually viewing the world the way he sees it as he swings from building to building. There are also various scenes that show off his “spidey sense,” in a breath-taking way. The cast of TASM 2 make great additions for this cinematic universe, bringing an emotionally rich portrayal of these characters.
While there were so many great things about this film, there were also many bad things about it as well. Attempting to fit so much into a film of this length must’ve been hard to do, but I’m sure they did their best. For the most part, Spiderman deals with two major villains during the film and developing the storyline for all of that felt extremely rushed. The people responsible for this franchise were growing many relationships and story lines that would come into play in future films (The Sinister Six), but the rushed stories hurt this movie in a great way. The most organic moments were interactions between Peter and Gwen. Their relationship changes throughout the story, and the character development is fantastic.
Needless to say, if you’re a fan of any superhero films, you should definitely watch The Amazing Spiderman 2. From start to finish, the audience becomes invested into the well-being of many characters, not just Peter Parker. The smart-mouthed remarks from Spiderman offer several moments of comic relief, and a look at a young man who has grown into the suit. With several foes to tackle, The Amazing Spiderman 2 will entertain you and prepare you for future releases.