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Film Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014): A Flawed Sequel Movie

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Mark Webb, and starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colin Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, and Marton Csokas.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not what it could have been. The cast saves the day alongside Mark Webb’s devoted direction but with a script this flawed and childish, the Sony reboot just can’t top its first installment. This is not a bad film because the action is great, the romance works, and regardless of the film’s tiring journey, the concluding one sixth or seventh of the film is an ace in the hole. This portion of the film will certainly give the viewer the feeling that this was a satisfying motion picture.

Andrew Garfield is a great Spider-man in the sense that he has crafted a very unique superhero. He visibly contributes to the role and shapes it all the way through with his own singular vision. Toby Maguire gave us a Spider-man who had no other specifics than being super-powered, heroic, delivering self-embarrassing comedy and being a huge drama queen. Garfield gives us a Spider-man who is this normal young kid who is likable, talkative and outgoing. He might be part of your group of friends with whom you hit the dance floor every Friday night. He gives you the feeling you are watching your best buddy, room-mate from college with superpowers.

When it comes down to Emma Stone, she nails the role of Gwen Stacy just as much. The romantic chemistry she supports (in greater ways than Garfield) is so far the reboot’s right hand. Even if The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has a storyline that is just as bad, the chemistry between those two actors and characters would save it. Dane DeHaan and Jamie Fox perform spectacularly in their dark characters and Sally Field is always there to make you feel something in case you get bored.

Mark Webb manages to do the best he cans with the story. He manages to extract the sentimental in full from this otherwise poor script and the action scenes are edited and crafted in a thrilling, visually remarkable fashion. Webb’s best moments in the film are during the times of heartbreak-periods that were surprisingly plentiful and potent for a superhero film. This was for the best since the film’s script needed all sorts of help and in many ways, it did get it.

In addition, Hans Zimmer’s score is fantastic. The legendary composer has crafted something that is not only as powerful as ever but that is also relatively new in terms of sound. In terms of tragic, epic, heroic, and even romantic moments, the score always serves as a wonderfully nuanced background.

On the other hand, it has never been more painfully obvious that a superhero film has been scripted by the writers of Transformers. With all due respect to the writing team, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are not supposed to write scripts for 250 million productions. The dialogue sounded like it was written for a child within a lame comedy. The story was going in fifty different directions at the same time-the pacing was ridiculous, the focus of the story-completely inconsistent and thoroughly out of balance.

I can’t go into details because I will ruin certain moments but while watching the film you feel like you are watching the work of someone who scribbled the whole thing while watching Game of Thrones, without too much care, effort or skill. The script is truly lazy and its supposedly rich narrative can’t cover up its flaws in the slightest. The best parts of the story are derived straight from the comic books and believe me, at least those parts, towards the end of the film, are worth experiencing.


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