Thursday, 1 May 2014
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Movie Review (Spoiler-Free!)
Finally, the day has arrived! May Day... the day of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It's great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
After waiting for months and months, I finally saw TASM-2 the way it was meant to be seen: in 3D, on the big screen, first day, first show!
Alright, alright, I know what you're thinking. "Get to the review! Did you like it? Did you hate it?!"
The movie takes place over the span of a year or two. Starting off with Peter and Gwen's graduation, the story moves forward at a brisk pace - brisk, but not rushed.
Spider-Man is now the hero of New York City. Whether it's primary school bullies, apartment fires or a full-city blackout - Spidey to the rescue, always!
But things aren't going well for Peter Parker's love life. It's not easy dating two men - especially not when one of them is a superhero and the other is his alter ego. Gwen isn't too pleased with the situation at hand, and things get complicated.
Andrew and Emma's chemistry is electrifying. From playful banter to dramatic declarations of love, these two actors portray Peter and Gwen's relationship as if it were their own.
Andrew Garfield is a great Spider-Man and a good Peter Parker. But Emma Stone, once more, steals the limelight with her expressive features and her incredible acting.
Speaking of Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon and later Electro.... some of his super-villain lines come across as dramatic and corny. But as the invisible Oscorp worker Max, Jamie Foxx breaks your heart. The poor guy! All he ever wanted was for someone to need him!
Foxx's performance is alright as both Electro and Max. He could have done better had the script given him more to do.
Dane DeHaan... what a guy! Harry Osborn probably has the best dialogues in the whole movie, and DeHaan delivers them perfectly. Though he doesn't have much screen time as the Goblin, his transformation - and his fight with Spidey - is executed very well. An amazing performance by a spectacular actor!
The background score by Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams makes the action sequences all the more exciting. Electro's theme (Paranoia) and the main Spider-Man theme were both excellent. I liked the score, definitely, but I still think James Horner's score for TASM-1 was slightly better.
A lot of things happen throughout the movie, but the first half doesn't offer much. I was actually somewhat crestfallen during the interval, because so far, the movie hadn't reached up to my expectations.
But the second half proved me wrong. The story moves forward, the action sequences are mind-blowing, especially in 3D, and the ending promises much more to come in the next installment.
I haven't seen the first one in 3D, so I can't compare the two, but I loved the CGI effects in this one. There are a lot of amazing 3D moments, especially during the Times Square scene and the Electro showdown, so it's worth the price of the ticket!
The only thing I didn't like - quite a few scenes from the trailers aren't included in the movie. Maybe we can expect to see them in the deleted scenes, but I was a little disappointed that my favourite dialogue from the trailers wasn't there at all.
In short, TASM-2, true to its name, is an amazing movie. The second half makes up for the first, and the last half hour of the film will keep you on the edge of your seat with a million thoughts abuzz in your head. This sequel is definitely better than its predecessor.
I'm going to go with 4 stars out of 5 for this one.
Jam-packed with the perfect mix of action, romance and comedy, this superhero movie is sure to enthrall you! Do try to watch it in 3D, and book your tickets in advance to get the best seats.
Let me know what you thought of TASM-2 in the comments below. If you haven't seen the movie yet, check out the trailer below for the time being.
See you later, folks!