The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Confident in his powers as Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embraces his new role as a hero and spends time with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in between protecting New York from criminals. However, his greatest battle yet is about to begin. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront an enemy far more powerful than he is. And when his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
Release Date: May 02, 2014
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Best spider-man yet!!! I love Emma Stone in everything that she does and Andrew Garfield steps up his spidey senses even more in this sequel. My only complaint is the weird collage of villains. I wasn't quite sure who to focus on and I think Spider-man felt the same. But it's a great movie and holds pretty true to the comics.June 12th, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
Although not as well done as the first, the visuals in the film are fantastic. Plot has some holes, but I was thoroughly entertained and engrossed in the emotion of the film. I believe it to be true to its rating too. There is some profanity, bit most of the rating comes from violence, mainly with Spiderman trashing punks in comic book style. Nothing too graphic, although one very quick scene (not gory in any way) did jar me personally and make my stomach cringe. Overall, if you liked the first, you will very likely enjoy this sequel.May 21st, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
Movie Review Maven Grade: B
In a Nutshell:
This new installment of the Spider-Man franchise successfully makes you feel like you’re reading the panels of a comic book, but also has the effect of a choppy story that is common within that genre. The flick is full of acrobatic stunts, impressive car crashes, and electrifying villains that young kids will get a kick out of. I saw a few little ones walk into the theater wearing their Spidey costumes. Adorable. Most teens and parents who still have the Toby Maguire DVD sitting in their cabinet at home are asking “Why are they doing a remake so soon?”
Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen, gives the Valedictorian speech at her high school graduation that pretty much sums up the theme for the movie: “It’s easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day like today, but there will be dark days ahead of us too. There will be days when you feel all alone and that’s when hope is needed most. No matter how bad it gets or how lost you feel, you must promise me that you will hold on to hope. Keep it alive. We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope. People need that. And even if we fail, what better way is there to live?”
Things I liked:
The beginning of the movie sheds more light on Peter Parker’s parents and their unique mission which caused them to leave their young son.
The slow-motion sequences were really great.
Where else can we see Jaime Foxx with bad comb-over?
The audience I sat with thought it was hilarious when Spider-Man sticks to a vehicle while it drives down the road. He says to Gwen on the phone “I got a little stuck in traffic.”
I pretty much love Emma Stone in anything. This is a much softer version of her sass.
This installment in Spider-Man is stuffed with villains. Some say too many. I rather liked the fact that the formula wasn’t “fight bad guy-win-happy ending-the end.
(No spoiler alert) I loved the story line and ending with the brave little boy.
Things I didn’t like:
While Garfield and Stone have some chemistry, there’s no magical kiss like the one Maguire/Dunst created in their famous upside-down scene.
It’s hard for Spider-Man to be really amazing when we’ve seen so many truly awesome CGI movies lately….with and without Superheroes.
Is it just me or does it seem like all of the villains in movies lately aren’t really bad, but just misunderstood?
Before the movie started at the Regal Theater I attended, a bizarre announcement played with Emma Stone and a drugged out looking Andrew Garfield with a fake British accent. They were encouraging patrons to upgrade to a particular ticket after the movie with access to additional content.
Spiderman’s clever banter with bad guys just isn’t very clever at all.
Some of Spiderman’s webs magically hook onto thin air. What the?
The story line turns Peter Parker’s girlfriend into a successful Valedictorian with a loving family, much different from the Kirsten Dunst's wounded character.
I love Paul Giamatti, so I thought he was seriously underutilized in this film.
Peter and Aunt May (Sally Field) fight in almost every scene they're in.
Why do evil scientists always speak with a German accent and laugh after every sentence?
“What makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever. What makes it precious is that it ends.” - Gwen’s graduation speech
“Time is luck, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Make yours count for something. Fight for what matters to you, no matter what. Because even if we fall short, what better way is there to live?” – Gwen’s graduation speech
“You’re not a nobody. You’re somebody.” - Spiderman
“The world cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” - Albert Einstein, as quoted by Norman Osborn
Max tells Spider-Man “I will be like a god to them.” Spiderman quips “A god named Sparkles?”
Things to look for:
I love it when Stan Lee makes his cameo performance in Marvel movies. Look closely in the high school graduation scene. Stan sees Peter Parker with his Spider-Man mask on and says “Hey, I think I know that guy!”
Some of the high school students decorate their graduation caps with little toys or words. My oldest son just graduated from college last weekend (proud mama!) and I didn’t see any of the students decorate their caps, but I thought it was a cute idea.
Peter Parker’s ring tone on his cell phone.
Peter Parker’s cute “Thrasher” t-shirt.
Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live is wearing a Statue of Liberty costume and says to Spider-Man “Nice costume!”
Don’t bother looking for a fun sneak peek at anything after the credits roll. When the movie is over, it’s actually over.
Tips for parents:
Kids can learn about battery power and electric charges…
The profanity is lean with only a few “mild” bad words, but there is, of course, a lot of violence. Young children with dreams of becoming the next Superhero may need to be counseled “Do not try this at home.”May 3rd, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
Plot was bad. It's like they just wrote parts of the plot on cue-cards, shuffled them up, and played the plot in a random order. If you are familiar with the hero's journey, you'll wonder if each bad guy is the villain or a level guardian. Maybe both. They took about two hours before finally getting in to the bad guy. Then there was a bonus bad guy who is introduced (is he the villain?) and then fought. And then another bad guy is introduced, and he is fought, and defeated. Bad guys fight other bad guys, who might be good guys, but then are also bad guys, all for no plot-required reason. Then a shadowy figure (that belongs much earlier or in a different movie) is introduced. Then another minor bad guy. Then, after the climax, the hero suddenly has doubt and internal conflict and something to actually overcome, even though that should have been around the 2/3 mark on the final rise to climax. Then a minor conflict and the movie ends. All the elements of great movies were present, but they were shuffled, making it a jumbled mess.
The writing was bad everywhere. Without spoiling too much if you have seen trailers, it seems that even emergency responders or trained professional who in real life receive frequent training on power outage and emergency situations were saying things like "I have no idea what to do in this situation." That a commercial airline pilot doesn't know what to do when a city's power goes out is pathetic. (Hint: fly to one of the other 20+ nearby major airports, don't fly toward the black pit the airport used to be.) That entire emergency wards of hospitals don't know what to do in an emergency had me laughing out loud in the theater. (I got dirty looks.) It seems when the writers didn't know what to do with the plot, they threw a car around, or blew something up, or dropped something from a height instead. I can only imagine their thoughts: "What should the criminal say? I don't know, let's just have his fifteen ton semi fly into the air, an explosion, then have something fall on him. Oh, another scene with dialogue? Let's end it with an electrical explosion, flying vehicles, and something falling on him. Airplane? Explosions and falling. Bridge? Explosions, flying cars, and stuff falling. Fight in a tower? Explosion, flying vehicle in the tower, and falling. Fight in a confined space? I got it! Explosions, a flying vehicle, and stuff falling!"
The movie physics were absolutely horrible, even during the opening scenes. Webs that magically hook on to something (there were no buildings nearby) and people falling hundreds of feet to be stopped at the last moment; somehow six inches of padding breaks your fall safely from that height. Superhero physics is one thing, and I respect that. The movie health where people walk away unfazed from what would be fatal in real life was typical of the genre. But this went so far beyond it that bad physics and humanity ruined what was left of the seriousness. I couldn't help but laugh audibly at several scenes that were supposed to be intense, it was so unbelievable it became farcical. Cinematography was passable (did not harm the film too badly) but the shots were not helpful to the movie; good camera shots and angles and lighting can tell stories by themselves, these were standard fare, many were sub-standard fare. Quite honestly, I could imagine the Mystery Science Theater 3000 hecklers reviewing the movie.
Probably the most believable part of the movie was when the entire NYPD force fires hundreds of rounds into an unarmed, contained, detained individual, and refuses to stop firing even when the police chief orders them to stop firing. (Followed, of course, by explosion, more cars flying into the air, and stuff falling.)
If you want bass line that blows out subwoofers, pointless explosions, lots of things falling "because gravity", and bullet-time just because it is bullet-time and focus groups say people want more bullet-time, then the movie might be for you.1 Thank ·
You have this great buildup to not one, but two fairly intense villains. And boy do they look menacing, right up until you dispatch one with little fanfare and then b-slap the other, rendering him unconscious. Really? That’s it?
Then it all becomes clear to me, as once again, you and yours are just setting the stage, building the platform from which all your other “Spider-Man” sequels and spin-offs can be launched.
Suddenly, I feel like a pawn, and like this is a bit of a cash grab for Columbia Pictures that is trying to keep Disney at bay from acquiring this little Marvel morsel... See Full Review1 Thank ·
Saw the promo screening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in IMAX 3D last night. Comparing this SM with the SM that came out a few years ago I will say I enjoyed the first SM more than this one. What I liked about this new one was Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. He is 10 times better than Toby McGuire's Spider-Man! I liked the acting of the main characters. The special effects were cool and the stop and slow motion scenes were fun to watch. I also liked that there was very little swearing in this movie (maybe 2-3 "minor" swear words). There was some hugging and kissing but no real sexual content which I liked as well. What I didn't like about it was the lack of action/fight scenes. When they had them they were good but just not enough of them. The cheesiest parts of the movie were with the bad guys (Jamie Foxx and some dude that looks like Leonardo DiCaprio). I would say you could take younger kids to this movie but honestly they'll be bored because this is a "thinker movie". It's not a shut your brain off for 2.5 hours like Avengers and enjoy the ride. There are some MAJOR spoilers within the last 20+ minutes of the show that I didn't see coming. Wow!! Women will like this movie cuz it's quite a bit chick flicky intertwined within a super hero movie. I heard if you stay through the entire credits there is a "pay off scene" about X Men. Because this was a promo showing it wasn't there. 2.85 stars out of 4. Good show, not great. See this movie in IMAX but not in 3D.May 1st, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
This could have really been a great movie. I'm not saying it's bad, it just could have been a lot better. The action was pretty cool and it had plenty of hilarious moments, but the story was really poorly executed.
I had a very good time watching it and all of my friends loved it, so if your after just seeing a fun and entertaining movie, this is a great one to see!
Quick warning for parents: I feel like they were trying to appeal this movie to all types of movie goers by filling it with cheesy, low violent scenes with Spiderman for the kids, which were fine, but then another scene would come in that was actually quite violent and a bit scary for kids. I saw a few parents and their children leave the theater a few times when Electro was in there. There are also a few kissy scenes, but other than that it was pretty clean. Also, swearing is not an issue in this one.
Score: B-July 7th, 2014 · Details
Fun show, good acting and a great sequel! So much better than those with Tobey Maguire. The chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield is 10 times more believable.June 17th, 2014 · Details
Despite liking the first of the Amazing Spider-Man films this one was not as good. Marvel did hype it up but the only reason to see this one is the plot twist it provides to the trilogy. that comes at the end of the film. Really expected more when I heard Paul Giamatti would be one of the villains. Not sure he even had a coherent line in the film.May 30th, 2014 · Details
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The special effects were jaw dropping, but the story carried the movie. I might complain slightly that there were a few too many teary-eye moments.May 19th, 2014 · Details
The script of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is slightly convoluted, but everything converges at the end, in a thrilling, action-packed climax. Despite the passionate romance between Peter Parker and Gwen, the movie is one of the cleanest superhero movies made in recent years. There’s only a light amount of mild foul language. Of course, there’s lots of action violence, plus some scary moments. Best of all, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 has many strong moral points promoting hope and goodness... See Full ReviewMay 9th, 2014 · Details
Giddy special effects and a lively pace help pass the long running time and make the excess of storylines somewhat less noticeable. More substantially, moviegoers will appreciate Spider-Man's knack for making the ordinary people he routinely rescues feel good about themselves. He thus not only battles evil but affirms and encourages goodness as well... See Full Review
...those big, swoopy swings through the skyscrapers and terrific performances by Garfield and Stone make this a great way to start the summer movie season. (And you don’t have to sit through all the credits — no stinger scene at the end.)
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Returning director Marc Webb relies, again, on the 3D ( and IMAX, in some theaters) flying effects to cover the rough patches — and there are many — in “Amazing 2.” While Garfield and Stone have a nice sass to their scenes, Webb can do nothing to give this relationship the longing and heat of the Kirsten Dunst/Tobey Maguire Mary Jane and Peter moments.
And Webb’s team of screenwriters don’t find any pathos in all this computer animated flying and fighting, not until the finale.
So while this “Spider-Man” is, if anything, more competent than the first film it’s still not one that demands that you stick around after the credits. There’s nothing there... See Full Review