Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Rated PG-13 / 2 hr 22 min / Action - Adventure - Fantasy

What is it about?

Spider-Man has eliminated a lot of crime in the city, but as it was foretold in the prior movie he is going to make enemies. Enter Jamie Foxx who plays an electrical engineer who had designed a power grid that was then stolen from him. He has blueprints that are knocked out of his hands. He chases after them into the street where Spider-Man saves him from being hit by a car. A few days later he has an accident at work that causes him to gain strange electrical powers. He needs help when Spider-Man shows up. He realizes that Spider-Man is taking away all the attention he was getting, and then decides to fight against the spider.

You will like it if...

You liked the previous Amazing Spider-Man movie. It's mostly a faithful translation of the character as in the previous iteration. I was looking forward to this new movie that wasn't just a rehash of a story that was in the previous trilogy. They simply tried to do too much in this movie. All of the scenes with Garfield and Stone feel awkward. Their romantic chemistry is severely lacking, and the movie grinds to a halt whenever one of their scenes come up. Foxx has some iconic lines in the movie, but he gets less face time than those awkward love scenes. The transformation of Harry Osbourne is reminiscent of Venom in Spiderman 3. The action scenes are done well, but in spots look cartoonish. In the end this iteration is a little above average compared to other superhero movies.


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