Peter Parker is back with his secret alter ego to take on such bad guys as Electro, The Green Goblin and Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Review after the jump.
Having rebooted the series after the flop that was Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man was released to mixed reviews. Fans didn’t really want to see the origin story for their favourite super hero once again, seeing as everybody knows the story involving Uncle Ben’s murder and Peter being bit by a radioactive spider. They did so anyway.
Now, we have the sequel, which looks to build upon the first and also extend the universe in which the webslinger resides.
Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) is a nerdy type that works at Oscorp. He is besotted with Spider-Man after being saved by him in an earlier scene, and imagines celebrating his birthday with him once alone. An accident involving electricity and electric eels turns Max into Electro and when he believes that Spider-Man tries to set him up, he plans on killing him and becoming a god to the human race. Foxx overacts in many of the early scenes, making Jim Carrey’s Edward Nygma in Batman Forever look positively trendy.
Dane DeHaan joins the cast as Harry Osborn. Unlike James Franco’s version in the first trilogy, this Harry looks a little crazy from the start and his father’s death and his own impending demise sets him off on a tangent to capture Spider-Man so he can use his blood as a cure.
The film can look very disjointed in places yet the action set-pieces look spectacular at the best of times. One plus point is the chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. The real-life couple are the stars of the show and the film relies a lot on their ability to carry a movie when CGI isn’t needed.
Those who have seen the trailer and poster and are looking forward to seeing Rhino will be a little disappointed (maybe very disappointed), seeing that the character only shows up in the first and end scenes. What The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does do is set up The Sinister Six movie. We see Doc Ock’s tentacles and Vulture’s wings in Oscorp. It will be interesting to see where they go with it.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks pretty enough but not enough time was spent on developing the villains. Electro could have been a worthy adversary, but the character was left with not enough screen time and took a back seat to Peter and Gwen’s struggling love life.