"I like to think Spider-Man gives people hope"
Release Date: 1 May 2014 (Malaysia), 2 May 2014 (USA)
Directed By: Marc Webb
Written By: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinker, James Vanderbilt
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti
Duration: 142 minutes
In A Nutshell:
Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) faces a great dilemma. Either embrace being his alter-ego, Spider-Man, or spending more time with his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone). Doing the latter proves to become more difficult with the emergence of Electro (played by Jaime Foxx) and the return of Harry Osborn (played by Dane DeHaan), who takes over control at Oscorp.
+ An indie-romance feel to the movie -- the camera shots, music, storyline, etc. Although I enjoy that particular genre, it feels weird to me seeing it a superhero movie. I need to see the film again, but for now this is a 'Thumbs Up' (see also 'Thumbs down'). Just by the skin of its teeth.
+ A Spider-Man with good wit and humor (well most of the time). Just like in the comics.
+ The Green Goblin. He's just awesome! Much better than the one in Sam Raimi's original.
+ Max, before he turns into Electro. Jaime Foxx plays him extremely well.
+ The love story angle has a very emotional pay-off at the end of the movie.
+ Cinematography. Didn't I mention earlier that the camera shots were beautiful.
+ Hints of future supervillians at the end of the movie. *cough... cough... spoiler... Vulture, Doc. Oc... cough*
+ Mid-credits preview of the upcoming X-Men movie
- Although the it pays-off in the end, the love-story angle and indie-romance feel often feels like interrupting with the 'Superhero' aspect of the movie. Yeah, I know... how could this be both 'Thumbs Up' and 'Thumbs Down'? Well just like Peter and Gwen's relationship.... IT'S COMPLICATED!!
- Other than interrupting, the romance is also guilty of being over-melodramatic at times.
- Too much reliance on CGI during fight/action scenes..... just felt off to me.
- The movie is at least 20 minutes too long.
- Rhino. I expected to see more of him!
The Verdict Is In:
If this was entirely an indie-romance, it would probably pass as a good one. Not surprising as director Marc Webb also made one of my favorite films, (500) Days Of Summer . But when thrown into what is largely a superhero movie.... I'm still undecided on this. Will still need to see this movie for a second time to make up my mind.
I wasn't a fan of the first movie (review here). I felt, it tried to hard to be different than the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire versions. While this sequel can be considered an improvement, Raimi's version is still better.
6.5 out of 10