It took a little longer than normal for me to get to the theatre to see ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, what with a newborn baby and all, but in the end, it was actually still worth it, even if the film has some flaws to it.
To begin with, I want to mention that I really feel that this film, at nearly two and a half hours, was too long. Not in a bad way though. It isn’t like ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ felt like a film that dragged. In fact, it is the opposite. My thoughts on the run time are because of Sony’s attempt at forced universe building.
As a result of that attempted universe building, the main villain of this film, Electro, was left to be undeveloped and not setup properly. Electro was meant to be a major threat in this film, but the forced shoe-horning in of the Green Goblin left Jamie Foxx to flounder has a c-level bad guy.
On the plus side is the continued chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. As this reboot was originally aimed to have high elements of high school romance, there is no denying that the ease with which Garfield and Stone bring that to the screen is one of the high points of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’.
I have also long stated that the Spider-Man we are getting in this reboot is miles ahead of the Sam Raimi trilogy, and that is once again at the fore in this film. Spidey is a wise-cracking, fun loving alter ego for Peter Parker, and the opening scene highlights that for anyone that may have missed the reboot two years ago.
Speaking of that opening, that is the first of the three major Spidey villains that appears, and unlike ‘Spider-Man 3’ this film managed to keep them separate for the most part which actually allowed the story to progress naturally enough for the most part.
In the end, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ is an enjoyable film that has some flaws, and if Sony would just stay out of the way, Spidey flicks would be some of the best we would ever get from studios.
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