Review

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. It’s great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
Everything from the film score to the opening shot and scene immediately sets the tone and style of the film. The Amazing-Spider Man 2 has a very comic-book feel to it, which some may interpret as a bad thing, and automatically jump to “it wasn’t dark and gritty as I expected.” Lets be honest..who really wants to see a dark and gritty version of Spider-Man? This is a character that has “spider-senses“, can dodge bullets, climb walls and web sling around the city with stunning precision. Although I enjoyed the first the film, I am well aware of its flaws. So is director Marc Webb, admitting he was reluctant about the use of CGI and focused heavily on keeping the charters grounded. In his second-outing Webb has really embraced the CGI and video FX tools he has at his expense, while still focusing on telling an interesting and emotionally impactful story. If your going into this expecting the tone of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, then you are without a doubt going to be disappointed. But if you are a fan of Spider-Man, comic books, or just big screen spectacle, then I think your in for real treat.
Webb really has done an excellent job this time around, and takes full advantage of the visual effects he has at his disposal. Everything from the action sequences, buildings exploding or just Spidey swinging around the city is amazing and fun to watch. Yes, there are multiple points in the film that could be considered “over-the-top” or unnecessary, as we watch Spider-Man backflip and spin in between buildings. I once again would like to point out that this is what many fans are hoping to see. If your in the theater watching this and questioning “why would he need to a flip every time he launches over a sky-scraper?” I would again like to remind you this is a film about a character that gets super-powers after being bitten by a radio-active spider…Gwen and Peter Header
Andrew Garfield reprises the role as teen genius Peter Parker along with his high school sweet-heart, Gwen Stacy, played by the likable and charismatic Emma Stone. The relationship between the two characters is are large part of what makes the story of the film so strong. The scenes with Garfield and Stone are believable and actually have a lot of heart. Everything from their banter to mannerisms sells the relationship, while creating real-life obstacles we want the characters to overcome.  Some may argue the film slows down at times, especially during the Gwen and Peter moments but for me this is what adds depth and emotional attachment in a film full of over-the-top comic book action.
2BzRxfcThis sequel also does a pretty good job in introducing new characters and setting up a larger universe for future films to come. I am intentionally avoiding spoilers in this post but its really no secret that more sequels will follow this latest installment in the Spider-Man franchise. Jaime Foxx joins the cast this time around as OsCorp employee Max Dillion, and odd and lonely man with a very large chip on his shoulder. In my opinion, the scenes focused on Max are perfect examples of how the movie adds depth to a comic book character, and takes advantage of the actors ability to carry the story and hold down screen time without slowing down the pace or losing the audience members attention.
The talented young Dane DeHaan also joins the expansive cast, as Harry Osborn, the son of OsCorp founder Norman Osborn. DeHaan does a great job playing the moody, self-obessed teen billionaire, expecting everything and definitely not used to hearing the word “No”. Both characters play large roles in the film, and have a ton influence on the story. Some of these ideas and influences are introduced better than others, but again I would like to point out that this based on a comic book involving super-powers.
Some will criticize the progression of these characters but I personally would like to applaud Marc Webb and company for not letting these elements bog down the story or slow down the pacing of the film.  The film also includes Paul Giamatti, B.J Novak, and Felicity Jones, and no matter how much screen time their characters ended up with, I guarantee that none of it was coincidental. Their is plenty of easter eggs for fans to speculate and debate over while we wait for news on the next franchise installment.
Oh yeah, Sally Field returns as Aunt May. Honestly who doesn’t like Sally Field?
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All in all, I found The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to be an incredibly enjoyable film, with lots humor, heart and intrigue. Although I personally enjoyed the first film, the sequel is without a doubt tenfold better then its predecessor and definitely left me wanting more. I would pretty much recommend this film to anybody that enjoys going to the theater, unless you hate blockbuster franchises, in which case I’m sure you’ve already come to your conclusions of the film.
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About the Author

Sean McAloon
I am a Philadelphia based journalist, who is obsessed with movies and television. I is also a comic book enthusiast , although i can't keep up with everything. I like to spend my free time trying to working on short films. I currently work as an editor for popculturemadness.com and darkmediaonline.com, focusing on entertainment news, interviews and public relations. I studied business management & marketing at Goldey Beacom College.