The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Movie Review
“We should call him the amazing Spider-Man!” – Max Dhillon, Electro (Jamie Foxx)
What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? It’s AMAZING! Electrifying! Action-packed, hilarious, and heartbreaking!
I had to brace myself to watch this movie, because I knew what was going to happen going in, but I hoped against hope that it wouldn’t.
But, of course, it did.
If you’re a Spider-Man fan, or even if you’re relatively new to the series, you’ll probably have heard the rumours about a certain death in the film. Fans of the comics knew it was coming, so it’s not really a spoiler, but I was hoping that they’d stretch out this death scene until the next film.
But before I get into who I’m taking about, let me say that I’m not trying to spoil the film for anyone, but it’s relatively hard to write a review about the impact this film made – and Spider-Man’s future – without getting into the details.
So, last chance, IF YOU ARE WARY OF SPOILERS TURN BACK NOW!!!
No? Well, then…
Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacy in part made the film what it is, so her death leaves a heavy impact on both the action on screen and the audience. Gwen is an inspiring character because she’s not only fundamental to the defeat of Electro but, as Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan) puts it, she’s Spider-Man’s (Andrew Garfield) ” hope.” So when Gwen dies, in a terrifying clock-tower scene, there is literally a gasp in the audience. When the audience hears her skull crack on the pavement, it becomes the sound that defines the next scenes of the film for Spider-Man. Peter Parker puts down his costume and does no more than visit Gwen’s grave for an entire year, and though this is fast-forwarded for the purposes for the film, the time elapsed and Peter’s obsession is made clear. Peter lives in a vacuum of grief until it is Gwen’s herself that gives him hope again – in the form of her recorded high school valedictorian speech, which is ironically the same speech in which she foreshadows her own death. Spider-Man eventually regains his hope in time to presumably defeat the Rhino.
Which brings me to the villains of this film. Each of them, Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino are given a back story, so they are all complex characters that the audience can sympathize with to some degree in the beginning – with the exception of Aleksei Sytsevich (the Rhino’s alter-ego played by Paul Giamatti), who was already an established criminal in the beginning of the film. Both the Dehaan’s and Foxx’s performances were inspired, though I think Foxx deserves bonus points for his portrayal of the nerdy electrical engineer turned supervillain!
And, of course, Foxx was literally electric in his EPIC fight sequences against Spider-Man!
Finally, of course, there is also the reference to the Sinister Six in the final leg of the film and the introduction of Felicia Hardy, Black Cat, portrayed by Felicity Jones, so we know that the upcoming Spider-Man films (2016 and 2018) already has a line-up of great villains!
Overall, I would say that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a nonstop thrill ride – no seriously three separate villains – and I can’t wait to see what the franchise has in store for us next!