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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: May 2, 2014
Directed by: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Sally Field, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore

I AM BACK! And so is Spider-Man! The first installment of this franchise came out in 2012  (here’s the review if in case you wanna know what I thought about it

Andrew Garfield is Spidey, Emma Stone is the racy, Gwen Stacy (not exactly racy) and Sally Field is Aunt May. Denis Leary keeps leering in as Gwen’s dead dad and that’s just one of the awful parts of the film. After a certain interval of time, Oscorp’s has moved on, there’s no mention of the Lizard or any other incident of the past, except the dreadful promise that Spidy/Peter Parker makes to Stacy Senior. This is what they chose to inherit from the first part, seriously?

Peter keeps struggling with himself because he gets FLASHES of Stacy Senior appearing in front of him randomly, reminding him of how he promised that he won’t see his daughter after his death. I cringed just about 5 times while typing that line twice. Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), a nobody electrical engineer who works at Oscorp is obsessively in love with Spider-Man. No homoerotic undertones though, sadly. Max is caricaturish about his attachment with the web-slinging vigilante. There’s more of campy, clubbed along with fluff that makes you cringe.

Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) is also back to helm the boss’ chair at Oscorp after his father Norman (Chris Cooper) tells him that the Osborn’s suffer from a hereditary genetic retrograde virus and Harry will also fall to it, which starts his frantic search for antidote. Max is involved in a freak accident, which has nothing to do with Spider-Man, and transforms into a living electricity generator. Harry discovers that Spider-Man’s blood could be his antidote.

That’s the plot. This time around, we get slightly influential antagonists, but our hero never takes them seriously. Why should you feel that the protagonist is threatened? Only the final showdown of both sides presents a real threat to an otherwise dull and uninspiring environment. Also, this makes me wonder, how do super-villain choose their names? Max Dillon, out of nowhere claims to be ‘Electro’ when a lunatic doctor asks him what his name is.

The villains are treated with some respect this time around, poor Lizard must be licking his wounds and wallowing in his misery because he never got a fair hand. Their reasoning to go after Spider-Man are flawed nevertheless. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield do what they are asked to do, and if it hadn’t been for the superhero bits, it could have been an equally awful romantic-drama. And now time for another cheap joke, Harry Osborn is quite the king of ‘literally’. Here’s why:

  • When he pleads for help to Electro, “I am gonna make Spider-Man bleed!” he actually wants to make him bleed because he wants his hybrid spider blood.
  • When he breaks in to Donald Menken’s cabin, he does so by violently turning a table and says, “The tables have now turned, Menken.”
  • When Spider-Man asks him to let Gwen Stacy go, he lets her go by letting her fall down from a great height.

The premise for the third film has already been laid and this film almost gave you a showdown between Spidy and a third bad guy. But they didn’t, yet made him look like a complete wimp. Can any super-villain stop Marc Webb and Marvel from making another Spidy film?

My rating: ** (2 out of 5)

The Amazing Spiderman

The Amazing Spiderman
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Directed by: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Chris Zylka

One more time, we Asians get the taste of a hyped superhero movie before the Americanos. I reckon this to be some sort of a lab experiment. But who cares, we get to watch them first! Marc Webb had an unenviable task of creating the Spiderman brand afresh after the Sam Raimi trilogy ended a few years ago. There are changes in the original plot with an addition of a few characters, and the deletion of some.

Now, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) first love. Peter’s parents leave him with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field) – what happens to them is a hidden story for him. Peter reaches high school and quite willingly steps up to the school bully Flash Thompson (Chris Zylka) never mind the beating, he gets his crush Gwen to dig him. Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) was Peter’s father’s associate and they had worked together on the Latent Decay algorithm that would eventually help them grow missing human parts. Peter’s transformation into the web-slinging, wall-climbing Spidey is somewhat a variation of the earlier versions that we’ve seen. Thereby providing that much needed ‘fresh’ lease of life.

We get to see a much emotionally evolving aspect of our indefatigable superhero, his longing for his lost parents and the draining romantic angle with Gwen inject a humane side to the teenage vigilante. Spiderman seeks help from ordinary human beings and even police – Gwen’s father, Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary). The young protagonist commits mistakes and goes learning on-the-job to protect the city from The Lizard’s menace. You don’t get the prolonged action battles at the climax or gruesome fight scenes to make the characters strong, instead, the natural loss of each character is highlighted to provide depth.

For this viewer, the action doesn’t cut in, nor the attempted establishment of each character makes a deep impact. Thus making the overall product unappealing and disconnected. The CGI, though limited, is visually enchanting in the form of Lizard’s skin and the realistic Spider webs. The background score is the stuff superhero films swing to. But the film, quite not much.

I, for one, would have liked to miss this conflicting rage of constantly growing and going nowhere fest. Spare it for the DVDs and the kids.

My rating: **1/2 (2.5 out of 5) 

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