Although it feels as though the Marvel franchise keeps rebooting the Spiderman franchise, I actually liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 quite a bit. Unlike its predecessors, Spiderman in this film doesn’t look like he’s been lifted from a video game and placed on the big screen.
Spider-Man 2 – Suspension of Disbelief
When Peter Parker changes into the Spider-Man, and flies about on his web, you can actually suspend your disbelief and believe that he’s flying. Then, for the first time, they really put you in Peter’s point of view as he’s flying above the traffic, letting the audience feel the freedom of web-slinging.
Spider-Man 2 – The Cast
I found myself enjoying the new cast of this most recent Marvel Spiderman offering more so than previous players. Although I missed James Franco as Harry Osborne (Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, just didn’t do much for me), both Andrew Garfield, playing Peter Parker, and Emma Stone, playing Gwen Stacy, seemed comfortable and believeable in their roles. Andrew does a very good job exploring the primary premise of Spider-Man: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Spider-Man 2 – The Villains
A surprise for me was Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon. Jamie did a great job as Electro as he shows how stress and confusion can turn to anger, if there is no intermediating presence. His character came across as vulnerable, confused, and highly dangerous. The ability to trigger empathy in the audience for the villain in a story is an art, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 pulls it off with Max Dillon.
Paul Giamatti‘s appears as Rhino A.K.A. Aleksei Sytsevich, the second villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, towards the end of the film. This comic character is a bit more over the top than Max Dillon, but it lends a bit of fun, while still presenting a new and dangerous character for Spider-Man to deal with.
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Next Steps
I’d like to see Marvel move the franchise past the same storyline position that it has covered in the past, although there were new characters, the story itself what a rehashing of previously covered ground. Hopefully, the Amazing Spider-Man 3 will take us to new territory, in the meantime, although there was nothing earthshaking in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, this Marvel offering will take you on a pretty cool ride nonetheless. I for one, enjoyed the scenery.
Other Reviews of Interest
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- Cynthia Kirkeby, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Point Of View Reviews- Movie reviews by DW Kirkeby, and more, from ClassBrain's Movies in the Classroom. 4 August 2017, 11:55 UTC. . 15 Dec 2017 <http://pointofviewreviews.com/the-amazing-spider-man-2/>.
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- Cynthia Kirkeby, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Point Of View Reviews- Movie reviews by DW Kirkeby, and more, from ClassBrain's Movies in the Classroom, http://pointofviewreviews.com/the-amazing-spider-man-2/ [accessed December 15, 2017].