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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” – Early Review (SO-SO POSITIVE)

May 1, 2014

Screen shot 2014-05-01 at 9.01.51 PMWith Sony not giving up on their one and only Marvel golden goose, the time has come to expand on Spidey’s vast universe, much in the same way Marvel Studios has done with their properties. The question remains, is Sony going in the right direction? Has Marc Webb found his director comfort zone? Is Andrew Garfield the definitive Spider-Man? One of those questions I can answer with a hard YES, the last one of course.

For Peter Parker (Garfield), there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

On a comic book nerd level, this movie SHOULD have impressed me left and right, and to a certain degree there were times that made me smile. The cameo of Aleksei Sytsevich, then assumes the identity of Rhino, is played by Paul Giamatti, whose long said in past interviews, that his all time favorite superv illain has always been the Rhino, and his presence in the film can only better it, even if it’s a mere five minutes, Giamatti finds a way to ham EVERYTHING up so perfectly, I cannot wait for more from him.

Then there’s the issue of other side characters, characters that honestly have NO BUSINESS BEING IN THIS MOVIE! At least not for right now. Characters like Felicia Hardy, who’s there just to look pretty for Harry or Alistair Smythe, the creator of the infamous Spider-Slayers, no slayers here, he’s just some prick who gives Jamie Foxx shit, both characters appear on screen for a combine of 10 mins. Really? Are we seriously trying to cram as many Spider-Man characters as we can? Is there a record I’m not aware of? We only had the budget for Rhino, Felicia, and Smythe??? We couldn’t get J.J. Jameson in there? No! You resulted him in the form of an email…ok that was actually a pretty funny moment in the movie.

Screen shot 2014-05-01 at 8.52.40 PMThere are strong positives to this movie that make it above decent. Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone’s chemistry eat up every scene they’re involved with, forgive the pun, but there is magnetic electricity between the two lovers. Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn is far superior, not to mention more interesting than the Raimi/Franco version. By the end of the film, his character interpretation of Harry-Goblin leaves me with anticipation for “The Sinister Six” movie.

However, with a weak “main villain” in the form of Jamie Foxx’s embarrassingly pitiful Electro, and the jumbling of a highly kinetic story, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ doesn’t match the greatness of recent Marvel adaptations, the previous “Amazing Spider-Man”, or the smartly constructed political-superhero-thriller, “The Winter Soldier”. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty of fun to go around, and less we forget, Garfield so far is the ONLY actor to truly embody all things Spider-Man. He IS Spider-Man, there’s no denying it.

3D GRADE: B+

MOVIE GRADE: B-

FINAL GRADE: B

Aaron Shore, is a contributing blogger for the film sites of Hudak on Hollywood & Insta Reviews.

You can follow Aaron on Twitter @DoubleAAProd

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