The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) directed by Marc Webb, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Sally Field.
Marvel have really been on top of their game at the moment, and with the recent success of the latest Captain America film, I had high expectations for the sequel to the Spider-Man reboot.
Synopsis: It is High School graduation time for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Spider-Man is very much a presence throughout the city, and is doing what he does best.
Despite this, he is facing some internal struggles. Firstly, he still feels guilt for keeping Gwen in his life despite her father’s (Denis Leary) requests before he died in the first movie. Secondly, his mother and father’s death has always been a mystery to him, and as a result he wants to get to the bottom of it. He continues to live with his Aunt May (Sally Field).
Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) is an avid Spider-Man fan who works as an electrician for Oscorp. After falling into a tank with electric eels, the main villain of the story is born. He’s called Electro.
Due to the poor health of Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), his son Harry (Dane DeDahaan) comes home to take over as the heir of the company. However, his father has left him something valuable which will have a massive effect on the city.
This is one of the longer Marvel movies, and there is a lot going on. As outlined, there are many subplots within this story, but ultimately did it work? Yes, it did.
Due to the sheer likability of Andrew Garfield, the viewer pretty much instantly invests and roots for him. I don’t usually like to compare with previous versions of the same character, but he is just as good as Tobey Maguire in this role.
When the writers were establishing Spider-Man’s usual crime fighting duties at the beginning, I felt like they were trying too hard to make him funny. This came across as slightly annoying. There were many one liners and cocky exchanges which I wasn’t too keen on.
However, this quickly changed when we were introduced to Peter Parker for the first time in this movie, and from then on it was plain sailing.
I have been a fan of Emma Stone for a while, and she is just as likeable as Andrew Garfield. She has terrific on screen chemistry with Garfield, and their scenes together easily brought a smile to my face. They really do look like they are in love (which is clearly the case from their real life relationship).
The other supporting cast do a good job. DeDahaan as Harry for instance was a very good choice. With his piercing blue eyes and pale complexion, he was the perfect candidate for the next Green Goblin.
Jamie Foxx was impressive as usual, and it was interesting to see him as an antagonist. I felt sorry for his character Max at times as he just wanted to be noticed. When he became Electro, however, he made an effective opponent for Spider-Man.
Regarding Sally Field, she is great as usual and has some really touching scenes with Garfield. Paul Giamatti also has a small role as an antagonist.
Overall, despite there being a lot of action, there is also a lot of drama as Peter tries to balance fighting crime with his personal life. There are some sad moments in this film, and we see just how good Garfield and Stone can act. I highly recommend this.
If you stay for the end credits, you will not receive a Spider-Man clip but something else.
By Robert Spence