The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Movie Review

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Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Movie Image

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ has hit theaters and the critics and fans are once again divided. Here are my thoughts on Marc Webb’s sequel. I liked it! A lot actually. It had some flaws and it’s definitely a set up for the sequels and the spin-offs, but it also has some serious merit as a comic book movie, a movie in general, and for moving the story of Peter Parker along. The film has some pacing issues, I will say that right up front. It speeds along at points, but will also slow down to a complete halt and dump exposition on you. That said, this is usually coupled with moving the story along toward the next action scene. And “ASM2″ tells a lot of stories, so there’s that going on too.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is loving being Spider-Man and the city is loving him. However, that doesn’t ease his relationship woes with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Peter sees Gwen’s father Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) every where he goes because he’s breaking the promise he made in the first movie. Meanwhile, Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), an Oscorp employee who is saved by Spidey, has an accident with some power lines and electric eels that doesn’t turn out so well for him. Oh and Oscorp heir apparent Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan) returns to see his ailing father, Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper). Yeah a whole lot is going on here.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Movie Image

But the story is still about Peter and Gwen. And it’s a cute, funny story. I really did enjoy watching them together and the actors’ real-life chemistry plays through. They’re kinda goofy actually. But don’t worry, the actual plot returns to save you before it gets too sickeningly sweet. “ASM2″ actually gives us that “untold story” that they promised but only teased in the first film, and it ties into the rest of the plot as more is revealed throughout. The fights with Electro are pretty damned cool and this franchise’s take on the Goblin is actually interesting.

And therein lies the other problem: the villains don’t feel fleshed out. Max Dillon is obviously the embodiment of power corrupting, more so than the Lizard, but beyond that Jamie Foxx was wasted, even though he looks like he had fun. Dane Dehaan fared a bit better but his eventual turn was pretty much foreshadowed. That said, I really enjoyed him and look forward to his return in the already greenlit sequels.

Dane DeHaan and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Movie Image

What I really liked about “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is that it felt the most like the source material of any comic book movie even with the changes. The spirit was there, the quips, the humor, the drama, and the action. It was like a Spider-Man comic on the big screen.

Even with the flaws, it was definitely worth seeing in 3D! The web-swinging scenes are absolutely spectacular (see what I did there?) and it makes the action a sight to behold. If you couldn’t tell, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ gets my vote. As a Spidey fan and as a movie fan. The set up for the inevitable sequels was just as good as dropping an after credits sequence. Speaking of which, you haven’t seen the one from the first movie, I suggest you go look it up.

Marc Webb (director) / Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, James Vanderbilt (screenplay)
CAST: Andrew Garfield … Spider-Man / Peter Parker
Emma Stone … Gwen Stacy
Jamie Foxx … Electro / Max Dillon
Dane DeHaan … Green Goblin / Harry Osborn
Colm Feore … Donald Menken
Felicity Jones … Felicia
Paul Giamatti … Aleksei Sytsevich
Sally Field … Aunt May

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Author: Dedpool

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  • Pietro Sala

    I wouldn’t have gave a dime on this movie.
    But in the end… I must admit I realy liked it. The action is cool, the chemistry between the charachters is great, and Spidey… wow. Is actually the funny Spider-Man of the comics.
    Maybe it was to quick the introduction of Green Goblin and was a bit disappointing that he was Harry and not Norman, but it seems they are pretty aware of where they are going with the story.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Between Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield we are finally getting a true version of Spidey on the silver screen! I cannot wait for number 3.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I’m with you.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I’ll just repost my original message about it here:

    didn’t really like Electro, he was too cartoony. Liked Green Goblin but most of him was saved for later. So the villain aspect did kinda suck, but not for the same reasons as Spider Man 3.
    However Marc Webb is a master of the Spidey universe. This was by far the best attempt at bringing Spidey’s New York to life. I love Andrew as Peter, he nailed all the big scenes and really gave the movie heart.
    Plus and this is what I love most, this is probably the movie that gives you the best idea of what it’s like to be a superhero in day to day life.
    Not a masterpiece but still a really enjoyable movie. It perhaps suffers from trying to introduce too much of the universe like Thor, but that’s a small gripe.

  • Michael Burch

    What a whack Movie… not even worth the eye-candy.

    • Michael Burch

      Loved the suit and the death of Gwen… but “Amazing Spider-Man” makes Sam Raimi’s last two Spider-films look less like a Comic-Con.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Raimi’s Spiderman didn’t even FEEL like Spiderman other than Spiderman 2. It was all too depressing, and blah. Where was the fun? Where was the with? Where was the responsibility? He didn’t seem like he was doing it because he felt responsible to help, it was a chore to him. Like every bit of it.

        • Aegon the Conqueror

          Mary Jane was super bland and uninteresting, Peter was depressing, Spiderman was not funny, it never looked fun to be him and with the exception of Doc Oc the villians were all laughably camp.
          Tell me again how Raimi’s Spiderman’s are more accurate than Marc Webb’s?

        • Michael Burch

          That was the point I was making, Dedpool… A Comic-Con Job… All the effects Raimi used were cheap and easy to create. I’m almost positive Raimi pocketed his FX budget! Sand and moving, viscous “Black Liquid”? I Agree with you Dedpool, but Until I get quips and puns from the web crawler without a storyline driven by characters not in costume, these Spider-man movies will never live up to the original source material. I never said they were accurate representations; READ MY COMMENT AGAIN if you want to go on the attack; or don’t. Both franchises suffer from horrible writing, bad directors, lack of humor, poor casting and respect for the source material….with the exception of Gwen Stacy, who should of died IN THE FIRST AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Every Spider-man movie since Raimi has ended in A FUNERAL and No one sees a problem with that?! Will Hollywood EVER stop focusing on “The Curse of Being Spider-Man” and have some genuine web slinging fun *Shaking Magic 8 Ball*… “Outlook not so good”

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            *Pulls foot from mouth* Ahem. Well said sir, well said. I think they’re trying to do the what defines who he is as a hero. Getting it out of the way with the first two films shows that he not only understands the responsibility but the consequences, good and bad of his actions. If they had killed Gwen in the first movie it would’ve been building the relationship up for nothing, at least we got to see them first before losing her. Don’t be so quick to rush story, that was my issue with ASM2. So even though we’ve gotten the Curse of Being Spider-Man, we’re starting to get more of that humor. And every move in that direction is a good one.I just hope they slow down a bit.

          • Michael Burch

            Dedpool, for a second, I thought you were an internet troll; those losers who provoke people just for the sake of provocation… But figuratively pulling your foot from your mouth via *BeyondHollywood.com* shows me that you didn’t get your ‘Nerd Card’ from an Ebay Auction; and that you’ve got, as the cool kids say “Cajones”. I respect your views and the views of everyone on this site; regardless if I agree with them, or not. We all grew up with and have loved a fictional character since childhood. Peter Parker was someone we, as geeks, could relate to. Ditko and Lee did us a favor by creating this character. I Agree that thee “Amazing Spider-man” Franchise is a great leap from the drivel Holly-weird puts out… It’s just not up to my standards (except the fight scene between Electro and Spidey; Damn that was Güd Fight!!!). I’m a fan of comedy, action and romance, and Spidey was the perfect blend. ‘Thwips and Quips’ is what I grew up with; it’s what made Spidey win almost every battle (with the exception of Venom and Carnage!). Spider-man’s most powerful weapon was never his web-shooters (meachanical or organic), his super-strength, or his vast scientific knowledge: it was his Big Fat Mouth… pissing off his foes and throwing them off their game, long enough for Spidey to stall and come up with a plan to put down his “Gallery of Rogues”. We are gentlemen; this site shouldn’t be a place for spats and beefs: that’s why there’s Reality Television! *Thwip, Snikt, Bamf*

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I agree wholeheartedly my friend. First I want to thank you for that statement about trolls and BH. We try to keep things civil even if we poke fun at each other every now and again. It’s all love, and all good fun. We like discussions and debates, not arguments and childish fights. If you’ve been visiting you know what happens when they start going off here. They don’t last long. LOL. But yes I agree Spidey was always a fun character and had fun stories. But never forget he had some deep, and dark ones too. But in the end it was always his heart, brains, and yes his wit that got him out of things.

      • Michael Burch

        I think we can ALL agree on the trite garbage that is and was Spider-Man 3, ladies… As far as I’m concerned, Raimi only made 2 Spider-Films: “Spider-man” and “Spider-Man 2″… “Spider-Man 3″ never counted; Dance numbers in a Spider-Flick? WTF was Raimi Thinking? “$$$$$”