Anthony Stark Reviews THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 3D

Marc Webb's second film in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise just hit theaters today, and I grabbed a ride to the premiere last night. The film has had mixed reviews so far, and so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it. Check out my spoiler-free review after the jump!

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By anthonyEstark - 5/2/2014

On my latest adventure to the local theater, I went to see Marc Webb's most recent film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I've heard and seen many reviews, either saying that it was as the title implies, Amazing, or that they weren't happy with the outcome. So I was very curious to see what was so great and what was so wrong about the movie. Read on after the jump!

So I'll start off with the basic plot of the film. Peter Parker is living the good life as Spider-Man, stopping random thugs such as Paul Giamatti's Aleksei Sytsevich, saving kids from bullies at school, and rescuing civilians from danger such as Jamie Foxx's Max Dillon. But as new villains emerge, our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler must face his hardest challenges yet, as he must take on Electro as well as the Green Goblin, meanwhile still searching for clues about his parents. While this plot may seem somewhat cliche, I think that Webb did an overall great job of pulling it off, and some may argue that the film is too jam-packed.

Now onto the characters. The personal lives of both the heroes and the villains play a major part in the movie, and not just having 2 hours and 20 minutes of web-slinging around New York. I think that they gave a bit too much of the spotlight to Max Dillon before his transformation into Electro. But the relationship of Peter and Gwen was one of the best parts of the movie, as both Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone pulled off their roles even greater than in the first film. Dane Dehann's Harry Osborn was great, and even though the trailers made him sound like your everyday villain from a 90's film, he wasn't, giving a unique twist on the character that I greatly enjoyed.

Now, I'll move on to the villains.

The movie featured villains Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Dane Dehaan), with a few minutes from Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Electro was spectacular, adding somewhat of a feel from the inFamous games to the film, as he was able to see the sources of electricity from around the city and as we know, able to take energy from cars, Time Square, and more. Green Goblin's role was rushed, as Harry Osborn only is the 'Green Meanie' in the last 20 minutes of the film. Many people couldn't get past Goblin's look, as they were hoping for less than the scaly, slimy creature that we got. I was one of those people. I wasn't looking for that, but in the final outcome it wasn't bad. Dehaan may not have looked like the character, but he studied up on his comics, as he acted and sounded just like something you'd see from a comic book. Paul Giamatti played the Rhino, and while I greatly enjoyed his look in the mechanical suit, I couldn't enjoy him as the Russian thug, Aleksei Sytsevich. It seemed as if he was having too much fun with the role, and mainly just yelled out random babble during his role. He'll probably return in future films, and I hope he improves his character in that time.

Let's move onto the jokes and wit now, shall we? Many people did not like the jokes in this film, thinking that it was as bad as Joel Shumacher's Batman and Robin. I honestly don't know why that is. Peter and other characters have always been full of wit and jokes in the comics, and this new series seems quite like the classic comics.

I'll top it off with the final category; the Special Effects. I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in RealD 3D, and as I know that I usually recommend it, this is THE ultimate film to see it in. The graphics were mind-blowing, especially Electro fights, and many people weren't huge fans of how much slow-motion they used in the trailers, but they really used it as from Spidey's perspective, and the 3D added on to it all.

So in my opinion, this is a great film, and we haven't had a Spider-Man film this great since 10 years ago with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. While I don't agree that this film is better than that, it certainly comes close, and I rate The Amazing Spider-Man 2 4 stars. It had it's flaws, but it knew when to make you laugh, as well as when to cry.

In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn't forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was directed by Marc Webb from a script written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. The film will star Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May, Paul Giamatti as Rhino, Jamie Foxx is Electro and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn. The film is set to land in theaters May 2, 2014.
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Pasto - 5/2/2014, 7:10 AM
Good job on the review I guess...

Pasto - 5/2/2014, 7:17 AM
To be honest, I thought Spider-Man 2 was going to be the other film besides Godzilla that I actually leave my house to go see instead of torrenting it. But I guess not. Seems that Godzilla will be the only film that I leave my house to go see, and I'm fine with that.

anthonyEstark - 5/2/2014, 7:20 AM
@Pasto Stay tuned, I'll be seeing and reviewing that one as well!
Pasto - 5/2/2014, 7:22 AM
anthonyEstark
Can't wait!
Starfox - 5/2/2014, 7:23 AM
Good Review! I can hang with 4 out of 5 stars :)
Magus - 5/2/2014, 7:23 AM
I thought it was pretty good. Electro was entertaining, but Rhino really left me wanting more. I can see how Sinister Six will work now and I am feeling it. This is still got a ways to go to catch up to the MCU but I would put this above the X-Men

MCU > ASM > DCCU > X-MEN
Brainiac13 - 5/2/2014, 7:25 AM
Great review Mr E Stark. I gave it a 3/5. I may enjoy it more after watching it again....... but I guess it will be on Bluray.
ManCalledSting - 5/2/2014, 7:25 AM
Good review, not sure how the movie is yet, but I'm hoping. Godzilla looks like it'll own, which won't do this film any favors

In and out before the wash, rinse, repeat haters.
IM53 - 5/2/2014, 7:25 AM
Good and honest review. I'm not on here as much as I use to but I've enjoyed your stuff here. Keep up the good work.
FantasticSpidey - 5/2/2014, 7:26 AM
I thought it was amazing. Literally. Have not seen a movie that made me feel like that.
ManCalledSting - 5/2/2014, 7:26 AM
Minus one.
Arrow96 - 5/2/2014, 7:26 AM
Pretty good job on the review, pretty much sums up my opinion on the movie, although I would've given it 3,5 out of 5.
Brainiac13 - 5/2/2014, 7:27 AM
Dehaan was great.......evil........thats what a villain should be. Really looking forward to Eisenberg as Luthor now.......really think it can work.
Batmaniac - 5/2/2014, 7:29 AM
Good review! I personally loved it, and I'd give it a 5/5. It's the best Spider-Man movie to date, in my opinion.

Brainiac13 - 5/2/2014, 7:29 AM
@Arrow

I think a lot of users on this site will give it a 3/5 which really is a good movie but not great.
Ramiel - 5/2/2014, 7:30 AM
Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
DVonShakari - 5/2/2014, 7:30 AM
lmao ..."Bears" is better than this movie
fettastic - 5/2/2014, 7:31 AM
Good review, completely agree. People are getting their panties in a twist for no reason. Yes it's a little too unsuccessfully goofy in a couple of places, but this isn't The Dark Knight for [frick]'s sake. It was a great time at the movies and I also agree the 3D was very good, especially the web-swinging.
TheRationalNerd - 5/2/2014, 7:34 AM
Great review! I KNEW the 3D would be like that. I gotta see it again on the big screen this time. Solid 8/10 for me. It reminded me a lot of the The Spectacular Spider-Man" cartoon series.

It seems like every Spider-Man trilogy gets inspiration from the cartoon series...

Sam Raimi - Spider-Man The Animated Series (90's)
Marc Webb - The Spectacular Spider-Man
Marvel/Disney - TBA (hopefully not Ultimate Spider-Man) lol
TheRationalNerd - 5/2/2014, 7:35 AM
Where's JJJameson to celebrate his film? lol I guess he's avoiding the site for spoilers.
StarYeezus - 5/2/2014, 7:35 AM
Decent movie. 6.5/10
JoJo1982 - 5/2/2014, 7:35 AM
That was the Spiderman I grown up reading about

It has some flaws that's for sure but it a fun movie to watch
BlinkyStark - 5/2/2014, 7:35 AM
Crap like Man of Steel

2/5 for me

1.5/5 for man of steel
fettastic - 5/2/2014, 7:36 AM
I like Ultimate Spider-Man. I don't get the hate. I watch it with my son and I'm just as entertained by it as he is.
StarYeezus - 5/2/2014, 7:37 AM
Spider-Man was great. Gwen was great. Aunt May was phenomenal.

Everyone else... C'mon son...
McNyagano - 5/2/2014, 7:38 AM
Great film but this is still the king of Spider-Man movies.



Ten years later and the train scene has yet to be topped. I wish they had included Goblin's beatdown, that was intense and such a powerful moment.
DVonShakari - 5/2/2014, 7:38 AM
I think a lot of you guys are just fascinated with the special effects, action, and oooohhh the colors. Outside of that the movie is bland and just packed with too much...
Thing94 - 5/2/2014, 7:38 AM
RebooT!
TheDarkLord - 5/2/2014, 7:38 AM
It was an amazing movie felt a bit rushed but I really liked it!!!
ProfessorX - 5/2/2014, 7:41 AM
I would give it 6/10. Flawed, but enjoyable.
FastFlames - 5/2/2014, 7:41 AM
Realty, really, really hoping this is good! I would hate for this to truly be another Spider-Man 3! Time to go see for myself...
StarYeezus - 5/2/2014, 7:42 AM
That Gwen Stacy moment was one of the most well-handled [redacted] I've seen in any superhero movie to date.
jasonicus - 5/2/2014, 7:42 AM
You sound pretty easy to please.
McNyagano - 5/2/2014, 7:43 AM
Turk

"Sony, Warner, and Fox have never even made a single good movie. Fact."


DVonShakari - 5/2/2014, 7:44 AM
As much as people may have enjoyed the movie, it could have been much much better.
Oh wow the Spider-Man costume looks awesome...that must mean the movie is GREAT!!

Look at Spider-Man fighting and doing all those stunts and action sequences...that must mean the whole movie is GREAT!!!

Just because it's not on the pages of a comic or in animated form does not mean this movie is GREAT.....it's ok. Something to watch on a lazy afternoon by yourself but not the movie you'd call friends over to sit around and watch with pizza and beer...
Berserker187 - 5/2/2014, 7:45 AM
Nope this movie deserves 2 1\2 stars. Really doesn't deserve a 4. Not the best spidey movie
JoJo1982 - 5/2/2014, 7:46 AM

Turk - 5/2/2014, 7:42 AM
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Not MCU not interested. Sony, Warner, and Fox have never even made a single good movie. Fact.


That's pretty sad
Clearly shows you only watch what.... Nine cbm only smh lol
JoJo1982 - 5/2/2014, 7:46 AM
@mcnyagano

Thanx for doing that, I wanted to kick him out lol
AXE - 5/2/2014, 7:48 AM
Great review anthony, I knew you'd like it bro
pepe - 5/2/2014, 7:48 AM
So were's Lando????!!!??
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