The Amazing Spider-Man 2 IMAX 3D – The DVDfever Cinema Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gives Andrew Garfield his inevitable second appearance as the titular hero, given the success of 2012’s first outing. And given the packed crowds on Good Friday for this sequel, no doubt Sony will be happy to bankroll TASM 3 for 2016. In fact, director Marc Webb has already confirmed he will direct that one, making it his last, and that he will remain as producer on any further sequels.

Without any hint of opening credits proper – apart from a teaser when you see the Spider-man logo, which turns out to be part of Peter Parker’s costume when he’s in character – there is an amusing first section involving the superb Paul Giamatti as baddie Aleksei Sytsevich, a starter to the main course we’re yet to indulge, but while I won’t go into depth about his appearance, I did feel rather cheated given that his name appears rather high up in the cast list.

That main course is Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon, the brainbox who invented the city’s electricity grid – or something like that. Either way, he deserved a great deal of recognition but since he works for Oscorp, they stiffed him on the deal and he got nothing out of it. That is until a freak accident which leaves him turned into Electro, a baddie who recharges himself via that same grid and then vents his spleen with expensive consequences, although while he’s really just a misunderstood individual, the authorities will never see it that way and so he becomes so vengeful it feels like the Lawnmower Man revisited.

At the same time, Peter’s old friend Harry Osborn (Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan) finds himself taking over Oscorp itself when his father Norman (an uncredited Chris Cooper) shuffles off his mortal coil. At the tender age of just 20, it doesn’t take him long to settle into being a megalomaniac, much to the chargrin of the again board of directors, especially when he appoints the only female sat round the table, Felicia Hardy (the delectable Felicity Jones), as his underling and for them to all serve under her. I don’t know a great deal about the backstory behind the majority of Spider-man’s friends and foes, so whether she was a secretary or the token female board member, I’m not sure.

Then rather than a dessert, the love interest with Gwen is more like that bread roll you buttered at the start of the meal and then, casually, forgot about. For the most part, you can use her scenes as the point to take a breath inbetween Electro snarling, Harry plotting, and Peter flying about in his custom-made suit. I did note, however, that since the film starts with both her and Peter graduating from high school, that would make their characters 18, yet Emma Stone is 25, while Andrew Garfield is 30.


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Despite the age issues, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 serves much better in its sequel than the 2012 film, given that it’s very well-paced. I didn’t expect that. I expected a number of decent action sequences (check), a lot of baddies grimacing and snarling (check), and a lot of gaps of nothing inbetween (not present). While I found the Peter/Gwen lovey dovey bits boring, they were very brief and served to move on the inevitable plot between them.

In fact, there are a great number of characters, and one even had to cut one out. Divergent‘s Shailene Woodley had actually filmed some scenes for this sequel as Mary Jane Watson, the love interest played by Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi’s trilogy with Tobey Maguire, but it was felt competing love interests wasn’t the best way to go here. After all, how can Spidey cope with the demands of two women when he’s already got numerous enemies to take care off?

There’s brief appearances again from Embeth Davidtz and Campbell Scott as Peter’s parents, as flashback scenes bring up something with the codeword ‘Roosevelt’, the importance of which will be discovered later in the film; and if you blink, you’ll miss an uncredited Martin Sheen popping up as Uncle Ben, but still not bringing his famous rice recipes to the table. It’s always pleasing to see Sally Field onscreen, again here as Peter’s Aunt May, and there’s another guest appearance for Stan Lee. However, I much preferred his similarly brief cameo in the last film.

I don’t know what the plot will be for the third film, and I don’t want to look it up so as to avoid spoilers, but given that there’s a lot more to the character of Felicia Hardy than a glorified secretary, and given that Felicity Jones is as stunning as the day is long, I do hope she gets another go in No.3, given that she was only in two scenes this time round.

Of the cast’s performances, both Garfield and Stone are nothing to get excited about, and Foxx is always worth a watch, but the real find here is DeHaan as Harry Osborn. He’s only 27, he looks about 12, but he can act everyone else off the screen with his menacing performance. He’s like a younger Leonardo Di Caprio and, definitely, is one to watch for the future.

Go to page 2 for discussion on the film’s presentation.


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Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.

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