Movie Review: The Amazing Spiderman 2


Directed by Marc Webb

Actors: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti and Campbell Scott

The problem I have with The Amazing Spiderman 2 goes back to the comic books and the original artist who created Spiderman and that was Steve Ditko. Steve Ditko drew Spiderman as the nerd that those of us who read comic books identified with.  Peter Parker wasn’t a jock he was a guy with glasses and a sweater vest whose books would be knocked out of his hands by the local football hero.  When John Romita Sr. took over the pencilling duties Suddenly the skinny nerd with glasses was gone and everyone had a larger than life look about them.

So how does this relate to the Andrew Garfield Spiderman?  Well unlike Tobey Maguire’s version Andrew Garfield is more of a skateboard slacker who happens to take pictures and crushes on the police chief’s daughter.  So he is more Romita Spiderman that a Ditko Spiderman.

Regarding the story presented in this movie it is one of what has been called one of the “great tragedy” story lines that takes its place right next to the death of Uncle Ben.  And if you’ve read the comics you know what I mean regarding that, but I am not going to go into detail as I don’t want to spoil the movie if you haven’t watched it yet.

But a brief synopsis: Peter Parker is revelling in the joy of being Spiderman yet that joy is tempered by the realization that he must protect the ones he loves from what he is doing.  This even means protecting the one girl he loves from trying to help.  He remembers what Chief Stacy asked him and he is doing his best to keep Gwen out of the action.  But frankly things are getting weirder in New York the villains are getting scarier and it seems that Oscorp is the source of these new bad guys.  But as in Greek tragedies the first sign of the fall of the hero is that he is happy.  And it is terrible fall.

Jamie Foxx is the stalker fan boy who becomes Electro through a typical Marvel transformation involving electric eels and high voltage grids.  And then there is Dane DeHaan who is the whiniest Green Goblin I have ever seen give me William Dafoe please! There is a Goblin that will freeze your blood cold.  And of the two villains Foxx is the better one he portrays  a rage over what happened to him and how Spiderman, his hero, has betrayed him.

Now invariably the two 2s are going to be compared and the 2004 story line is in my not so humble opinion a better one.  Doc Ock is a more interesting villain that Electo and the whole redemption of Otto Octavius is much better drama.

One last gripe, I know, I know, The pacing in The Amazing Spiderman 2 is slow especially in the last third of the movie.

I give The Amazing Spiderman 2 two and half stars out of five stars.

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