The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- Directed by: Mark Webb
- With: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx
- 142 Minutes
- IMDb: 7.7
I’ve just left the IMAX Theater and I’m really excited to tell you my thoughts on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. First of all I am not a big fan of Tobey Maguire so I kind of prefer this Spider-Man reboot. I know that probably most of you won’t agree with me but I actually think that Andrew Garfield has what it takes to play spidey. Even though the first two movies of Raimi’s trilogy were really great (especially the second one) I actually prefer this new trilogy due to the amazing special effects and a more thrilling story (and again because as I’ve said earlier I am not a huge fan of Tobey Maguire).
After the events that occurred in the first movie, while fighting against some criminals who had hijacked an Oscorp vehicle, Peter met a random stranger named Max Dillon (interpreted by Jamie Foxx) who is a simple man that just wants to be known. After telling him that he need him and without knowing the consequences of this specific action, Max becomes a bit obsessed with Spider-Man. Before dying, Norman Osborn tells his son, Harry, that the disease that murdered him is genetic and therefore he gives him access to everything he knew about Oscorp. Although he is the new owner of Oscorp, Harry has to fight against the lawyers that want to gain the power that allows them to manage everything in the company. After Norman’s dead, everyone in Oscorp left earlier except Max Dillon who was forced to do an extra task that would unexpectedly change forever his life. The unexpected events that occurred while he was doing his extra task, made him become some sort of mutant with the ability to control electricity and so Electro was born. Still obsessed with Spider-Man, Electro believes that perhaps the hero that he loved did not needed him after all and because of it he starts attacking everyone in the city. While trying to defeat Electro, Peter has to deal with a recent break-up with Gwen Stacey and with his best friend, Harry Osborn.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was better than the first one since it was more thrilling and it also had amazing action sequences. Marc Webb successfully managed to tell a great story with 3 villains in it (Electro, Rhino and The Green Goblin). Well, actually they’re just 2 since the appearance of Rhino (interpreted by Paul Giamatti) is a bit short. Jammie Fox’s performance is far from reaching the level of “Django Unchained” but it’s funny and it works really well when combined with everything else in the movie. He is just a regular guy and then, after the incident at Oscorp, he becomes a powerful enemy of Spider-Man.
The visual effects were amazing and in some particular sequences the IMAX screen made the movie a truly remarkable experience. The scenes in which Spider-Man is travelling through the city shooting webs at the buildings and the battles against Electro and the Green Goblin made it worth to pay the extra money for the IMAX version. Compared with other recent superhero movies, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is somewhere between “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. It was really funny and thrilling and it increased my expectations for the next installment.
Overall “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was an exciting experience that could have ended slightly better and that pleases everyone who loves a good superhero movie. From Stan Lee’s short and usual appearance (this time at a graduation ceremony) to a powerful villain interpreted by Jamie Foxx I believe that you have enough reasons to watch this second installment of the new Spider-Man trilogy.