There were a lot of good things about the Spiderman reboot, The Amazing Spiderman. The actors were younger and more age appropriate. Andrew Garfield was adorable, funny, and emotionally provocative as Peter Parker, and Emma Stone was a much-needed relief from Mary Jane as she played Peter’s first (and intelligent and funny) girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. The movie overall was funnier and quirkier with a stellar cast including Sally Field, Martin Sheen, and Denis Leary, but it maintained the emotional compelling storyline from the original comics.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 continues the funny, adorable, yet emotional feel of the first movie. Real-life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone absolutely sparkle as on screen couple Peter and Gwen. Their chemistry could not be better. They are funny individually and even funnier together. Fred and Ginger wish they had that kind of chemistry.
Amazing Spiderman 2 does better than its predecessor in terms of villains. While the lizard thing in the first movie was not a terrible plot line, this movie hits closer to home with two emotionally compelling villains. Jamie Foxx is Electro, an electrical engineer at Oscorp who lives a lonely life. Overlooked by everyone, he just wants to be noticed. Peter notices him, when he saves his life as Spiderman, and Max Dillon (Electro’s real name) forms a psychological attachment to Spiderman. He turns into a villain after he believes Spiderman betrayed him.
Dane DeHaan plays Harry Osbourne, of Oscorp. Harry and Peter, whose father worked at Oscorp, were friends years ago before Harry’s father sent him to boarding school. Now Harry is back, but he is dying. He becomes convinced that Spiderman’s blood can save him, but Peter is afraid that giving him his blood—though Harry doesn’t know Peter is Spiderman—could kill Harry, or turn him into something else. But at the same time, he doesn’t want his friend to die.
Amazing Spiderman 2 deals with both of these emotional storylines, but it doesn’t end there. The movie packs another emotional punch with the mystery surrounding Peter’s parents, who disappeared and then died when he was just a boy. Peter struggles to find the answers to questions he’s harbored for years, all while struggling with the promise he made to Gwen’s father that he would stay away from her to keep her safe. But how can he stay away from the girl that he loves?
Emotions run high in The Amazing Spiderman 2. I saw it with my brother and there were times where we both were crying. But there were also many times when we both were laughing. The movie expertly balances the comic with the serious and emotion, and the result is a very enjoyable and very meaningful movie. If you like superhero movies or just enjoy good movies, I highly recommend this one. There is also a quite humorous cameo appearance by Stan Lee that comic nerds will appreciate.