Wednesday, 17. September 2014
18. 04. 14. - 13:30
By Kostyantyn Steblovskyy
Directed by Marc Webb
Produced by Avi Arad / Matt Tolmach
Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman / Roberto Orci / Jeff Pinkner
Story by Alex Kurtzman / Roberto Orci / Jeff Pinkner / James Vanderbilt
Based on Spider-Man by Stan Lee / Steve Ditko
Music by Hans Zimmer
Studio - Columbia Pictures / Marvel Entertainment
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon / Electro
Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn / Green Goblin
Campbell Scott as Richard Parker
Embeth Davidtz as Mary Parker
Colm Feore as Donald Menken
Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich / The Rhino
Sally Field as May Parker
To define the exact genre of "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel might be a bit hard, as with every superhero movie and in general nearly every movie these days. So just to name a few genres included in the latest Marc Webb’s Spidey adaptation, the audience will experience action, comedy, romance, crime, fantasy, drama, detective fiction and even some musical elements. Two years after the first movie, Marc Webb brings back Peter Parker/Spider-Man, portrayed by Andrew Garfield, to the big screen and tries to pack it all the above together in just 142 minutes. If he succeeds or not, is a pretty difficult question to answer, but let’s give it a try.
While filling in the gaps of the "dark" secrets Peter Parker’s parents left for their son, we watch the young hero trying to balance between his new life as New York’s superhero, for some people still a vigilante, and his love interest, Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, whose dead father is haunting him, because he promised to stay away from his daughter. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone deliver convincing representations of their characters and Marc Webb does great work, and lives up to other Marvel superhero movies, at least on the subject of the special effects.
Three villains emerge during the movie, a not-in-the-right-mind electrical engineer Max Dillon, played by Jamie Foxx, who falls into a tank full of angry laboratory eels and is turned into Electro, the main villain of the film. Electro, who has an obsession with the New York’s superhero, nevertheless turns against him, as Spider-Man doesn't recall his name when they encounter for a second time. A wanna-be main villain, Harry Osborn/Green Goblin, played by Dane DeHaan, brings his eccentric acting skills on board and delivers a fine performance as Harry Osborn, which cannot be said though of his performance as Green Goblin, mainly for the reason that there is no substantial time to decide on this one. The last and the least Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino makes an appearance almost as long as that of Stan Lee and also tries to steal some of that sparkle from Sparkles, as Spidey calls Electro during the whole movie, making us wish they would stick at most to two names per villain.
You will not be disappointed when it comes to the subjects like romance, bromance and brief jokes, yet the quantity of "music numbers" included, will make you wonder if you’re watching a musical about Spider-Man. And of course, the "old-classic" question "Where is Spider-Man?" is featured at some point of the movie, since giving up the costume of the Spider is another typical manoeuvre of Peter Parker.
Marc Webb prospers in maturing the characters of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy, although he fails to deliver the same result for the other characters. The main problem with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is that the plot itself tries hard to lay down the ground for the next Spider-Man movies and spin-offs and fails to provide the appropriate time for its villains to evolve as characters. At some point it just seems too goofy to see villains, who have cheap grudges against the superhero, popping up and trying to kill the Spider or at least get a sample of its precious blood. The "birth" of Electro as a villain can quite fairly seem to be driven by the craving for publicity that Spider-Man has. So be prepared to have your eyes on the screen and your ears wide open during the whole movie, otherwise you might be left with the impression there are a couple of Spider-Man movies being showed back to back.
To sum up, it is undeniable that the sequel to the 2011 "Amazing Spider-Man" will be a box office success as it manages to offer more spectacular battle scenes, unexpected plot twists and a promise for an even stronger "Amazing Spider-Man 3".
P.S.: Don’t expect any teasers for the next movies during the credits or after credits, as Marvel has got us used to, even if British audience will be treated with a scene from the upcoming X-Men movie, "X-Men: Days of Future Past".
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