Friday, May 2, 2014

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [2014]

"I like to think Spider-Man gives people hope"


Background:
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.

Thumbs Up:
+ 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



Thumbs Down:
- 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 [2009]. 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.
Rating:
6.5 out of 10

6 comments:

  1. I am seeing this tomorrow. I have never been a big fan of Spiderman myself but it is usually a fun movie to kick off the summer movie season. So we'll see how I like it. Now I can't wait to see what this romance is all about.

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    1. I'd say compared to the other Marvel franchises out now... Spidey seems a little lightweight. I'm looking forward to what you about it... especially the romance part.

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  2. yea....i did not like this one ...and i saw it twice (sbb derang kata ada after credits preview xmen..boleh? lol..missed it the first time)

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    1. i also didn't know there was a mid-credits scene, but stayed anyway... tapi skrg nih slalunya there are two parts of ending credits, one where the actors names are shown with fancy graphics and after that just the white text scrolling up to a black background... I usually stay until the first part is over

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    2. i wanted to stay...but dah lambat keje (sejam lewat dah by that time) ...but just wanted to elaborate...i really hated this flick ..electro tu masalah utama aku .. and then the relationship between peter and harry cam rush sangat (awkward)..juga the transition to Goblin ..tapi that Dane chap is better actor la than that James Franco yg cam nak taknak belakon dulu .. oh oh let's not forget bout Rhino ...masyallah APA TU!

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    3. Masa Electro was Max... he was actually good... I liked how Jaime Foxx portrayed him... but when he turned into Electro... hmm...

      Andrew Garfiled & Emma Stone have good chemistry, tapi tulah, I still don't know if the love story is a positive or negative in a superhero movie.

      Rhino didn't look good, i guess they just didn't want him to have any real superpowers... plus his screen time was way too short!

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