Carrying the momentum of its predecessor’s success at the box office two years ago, The Amazing Spiderman 2, had high expectations. Trailers promised a return of the web crawler who would be pitted up against major villains such as the Green Goblin, Electrode, and Rhino. Sadly the movie fails at its biggest appeal. It attempts to cram all these different facets of the Spiderman universe into 2 hours and 21 minutes. With all the plotlines of these new characters and so little time to develop them, the film seems rushed. Unfortunately, these traits were the same ones that hurt the Spiderman trilogy that starred Tobey Maguire. The extra villains seemed to dilute the story and make it difficult for the viewer to find a major plotline for the whole movie. Furthermore, none of these plotlines ever build up to create a central direction that drive the plot. They felt like different pieces of a puzzle that someone forced together. The problem might also be rooted in the fact that the central plot was not strong enough to support such a grand-scale of a movie.
WARNING, SPOILERS FOLLOW:
To begin, the plot of The Amazing Spiderman 2, explains the disappearance of Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) parents through a flashback scene. The writers try to create a central storyline from it, but fail to spur interest. The simple “they knew a secret and had to run away to protect their loved ones” explanation was unimaginative and cliche. Back to the present, Parker is struggling to manage his relationship with his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and his life as Spiderman. The movie juggles back and forth between these two plots to use as a main storyline and in the process takes away development from a central theme or tone for the film. During the course of the movie, Parker meets his childhood friend, Harry Osborn, who he has not seen in ten years, and instantly becomes best friends with him after a short conversation. This instance seems unrealistic and unrelatable.
There were some aspects of the film that I did enjoy. For example, the acting was very well done, considering that the script was so poorly written. Andrew Garfield does a great job of characterizing Peter Parker as an awkward teenager dealing with social scenarios. The great chemistry between Garfield and Stone can easily be seen through their many scenes together as they seem very relaxed and natural. The humor and interaction between the characters also helped keep viewers interested. Another strong point for the film would be its great action scenes. The visual effects department did an amazing job keeping the audience right in the middle of the battle scenes. Unlike some other films today, which mishandle the use of 3D, this film uses it to its full potential. The 3D really comes out in the fight scenes as explosions and rubble really pop out of the screen.
While the film was a failed attempt to recapture it’s predecessor’s glory, it does keep things interesting with its action and vivid display of visual effects. If one was looking for a deep storyline and a plot that made sense, look elsewhere. The Amazing Spiderman 2 is pure flash without the substance. If you’re looking for something for pure action and vivid colors, this is your movie.