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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)


8/10: Better Than Its Predecessor But Too L-o-n-g
Monday, May 12, 2014

Although it surpasses its predecessor, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" suffers from too many villains. Meantime, audiences should prepare themselves for more narrative tweaking on the part of "(500) Days of Summer" director Marc Webb, "Star Trek" writers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, and "Fringe" scribe Jeff Pinkner to the classic Marvel Comics characters created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in August 1962. Initially, "Evil Dead" director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy coupled Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker with Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson, while the Andrew Garfield reboot pairs Peter with Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy. Technically, in the comics, Gwen was Peter Parker's first love. Clearly, Webb's reboot shows more fidelity to the comics than the original Raimi trilogy. Peter and Gwen were dating before our hero met Mary Jane. Comparably, Superman has two comic book love interests: Lois Lane and Lana Lang. Mind you, Lois has dominated the movies. This time around...

1/10: A Hero without Principles
Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has technical merits. However, these merits are impossible to enjoy in a film drowned from beginning to end in the sickening narcissism of both its purported hero and supposedly tragic villains.I give you The Amazing Spider-Man: a hero with no principles and no goals. He sometimes cares about a girl and sometimes wants to know what happened to his parents, but day-to-day he really only cares about doing what he wants to do--which happens to be helping people, it seems, because it gives them "hope." And what luck! He gives them this just by being himself. Not by being a better person. Not by sacrificing anything else in his life for the greater good. Just by being strong and smart and doing exactly what he feels like doing because that's how he feels. And look: by being himself, other people want to be like him. What a wonderful message...

8/10: Intense, charming and electric
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Great power doesn't just come with great responsibility but also at a great cost. Heroes deal with their painful pasts and yet rise to face the evil that can threaten the present day. It is their ability to overcome those personal battles in times when darkness looms over society, that makes them superheroes. In the follow-up to the reboot of Raimi's Spiderman trilogy, director Marc Webb (!) massively improvises upon the story's technological rendering and the human element of it that delineates the challenges of being a superhero for an ordinary man. Peter Parker's ability to overcome his fears, his childhood loss, his financial instability and relationship's complication is what really makes him the Amazing Spiderman and in its 2nd installment, his portrayal by Andrew Garfield outclasses any prior attempt. At the burden-heavy core of his responsibility web is Emma Stone's charming Gwen Stacy who is perhaps the most lovable superhero girlfriend yet...

6/10: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The first film in the reboot series was reasonably good, despite me being skeptical, because I really like the Sam Raim/Tobey Maguire series, so I was hoping it would be the same for the sequel, from returning director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). Basically Peter Parker (The Social Network's Andrew Garfield) continues to fight crime in the city of New York as Spider-Man, including rescuing Oscorp employee Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), but he keeps seeing visions of deceased Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary) warning him to stay away from his daughter Gwen (The Help's Emma Stone), he wants to keep this vow and the two break up. Peter's childhood friend Harry Osborn (Lawless's Dane DeHaan) returns to the city to visit Oscorp CEO and his terminally ill father Norman (Chris Cooper), his father warns his son he could develop the disease, the next day Norman dies and Harry becomes the new CEO. Max...

7/10: Let's go catch a spider
Friday, April 25, 2014

Let's go catch a spider."Marc Webb's first feature film, 500 Days of Summer, was a successful small indie romantic film with a lot of heart. He went from that to the huge production of the Spider-Man franchise which I thought didn't necessarily need a reboot so soon. However the film did work thanks to Andrew Garfield's portrayal of Peter Parker. His natural charisma and confidence translated really well to the character and his sense of humor makes him the perfect candidate to play Spier-Man. I began my review by mentioning that Webb directed 500 Days of Summer because for me the heart and soul of this film is the love story between Gwen and Peter. I can't think of any other superhero film with such a great love story and believable chemistry than this one. Garfield and Emma Stone are incredible together and I loved their scenes. Webb knows a thing or...

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