Here is my review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2
So, you saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend?
What did you think?
I LOVED IT!
Enough Intro, Review It
Ok, so let me start right off the bat with a disclaimer, there will be spoilers in this review/reflection. It’s impossible to talk about the most important scene, and what made me love this movie, without giving one of those cheesy “You’ll have to watch the movie to find out” cop out’s that most reviewers do. Also Spoilers don’t actually spoil the movie, instead they actually enhance your experience [source]. Think about it, once you know what’s going to happen you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at the basic plot of the movie.
We open on what appears to be a veteran Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) comfortably swinging around New York City thwarting a plutonium (it’s what makes nuclear bombs so deadly) heist, leading to the arrest of Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti) who will later come back at the end of the film as Spider-Man’s villain The Rhino. This sequence is a great opening because it shows us that Spider-Man is well into his career, a parallel to this would be the opening Batman scene in The Dark Knight.
Peter Parker has to rush from the scene to make his High School graduation and cuteness between him and Gwen Stacy ensue. However Peter is extremely hesitant to interact with the rest of the Stacy family. Primarily because he sees dead people. Well person to be exact. He sees visions of Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary), primarily because he made a promise to the dying Captain to stay away from Gwen in the last film.
A little later, we are introduced to Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) the super creepy kid from Chronicle. He discovers that he has a genetic disease that will kill him, oh and it killed his father. Harry becomes the CEO of OsCorp and discovers that Spider-Man’s blood could cure him. Spider-Man says no. Anger ensues. Harry does some reckless things and gets kicked out of OsCorp.
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Max Dillon (Jamie Fox) they typical loner/loser/definitely going to be a villain later in the movie, experiences calamity. While trying to fix some broken electrical thingy, he is zapped and falls into a pit of electric eels and get’s zapped to death, or did he…..?
He’s alive and has super powers! Yay comics!
Upon waking up and not knowing a single thing that happened to him, he wanders into the city and goes on a rampage and gets even more powerful. Fight scene ensues! Spider-Man uses douse with Fire Hose, its super successful! Yay! Max is locked up forever! Or is he….?
NOPE! But we’ll get to that later.
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Paker and Stacy break up 🙁 this is the sad part of the movie. Spider-Man is sad and rooftop stalks Gwen while delving deeper into the mystery of his father’s disappearance. He discovers a super awesome lair in an abandoned subway tunnel. He watches a video from his father and thinks it’s it’s pretty cool.
After some sad montages Gwen calls Spidey and arranges a meet up. She then friend zones him pretty hard, informing Peter that she’s going to go to Oxford and do some super smart stuff or something like that.
Peter is sad. He fights Max Dillon and then eventually gets the girl back.
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Harry breaks Max, or Electro as he is now calling himself out of prison and breaks into OsCorp. He injects himself with some old Spider Venom and it almost kills him. He climbs into a sweet suit that saves his life. He gains some crazy strength, however there is a side effect. The venom disfigures him and turns him green, he also looks like a Goblin, I wonder what his villain name will be….?
Electro goes on another rampage and Spidey leaps into action, Gwen follows behind after being strictly told not too, because Peter is worried that he will get her killed. Hmmm?
Super Epic fight scene occurs and they defeat Electro!
But wait, oh no, that greenish goblin looking dude (still not sure what to call him) comes racing in and attacks Spidey and Gwen.
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!
Goblin dude picks up Gwen and drops her. Spidey Shoots! It’s good, he caught her. More fighting. Zoom in on the web. It gets caught in the gears of the giant clock they are in.
Spidey Shoots again. The web wraps around Gwens waist, it goes taught.
The theater goes silent, tears well.
Spider-Man caught her, but it broke her back.
Why this Scene Makes the Movie
I’m not going to focus on all the stunning visuals, witty banter, and deep integration into the Spider-Man mythos that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 features. The reason is that I can’t. All of those things are trumped by this one scene.
At the end of The Amazing Spider-Man (The first film) Peter makes a promise that he can’t keep. He can’t keep Gwen safe, it’s not about whether or not he can stay away from her. This scene pulled and adapted from The Night Gwen Stacy Died is integral to the character of Spider-Man it’s like when Uncle Ben died. It’s a defining moment in his history.
I loved that they went there, not that I’m death happy. I loved that in a summer blockbuster they had the guts to show such an emotional topic, the death of a loved one. I was sitting the in theater crying, I was sad. Everything leading up to this point was full of real honest love. Andrew Garfield’s performance when he mourns Gwen and when he sits at her grave for days is beautiful, raw and powerful.
This ending also shows the fortitude of Spider-Man. After Gwen’s death Pete puts the mask down. It’s only after an inspiring pep talk from Aunt May (Sally Field) that he dons the mask again. I like this Peter Parker.
So we’ve been dazzled by special effects, tickled by witty banter and brought to an emotional low with the death of a major character we are raw and primed for the most heart warming moment of the whole movie.
Harry Osborn, healing in prison consults with Gustav Fiers (Louis Cancelmi) and begins to assemble what I think is The Sinister Six. He suggests recruiting Paul Giamatti to the team.
The next scene, Giamatti, in a sweet robotic Rhino suit is rampaging through New York. Bookending the movie. A young boy, dressed as spiderman sans mask looks on as The Rhino enters a stand off with the NYPD. The young boy, inspired by Spider-Man breaks past the barrier and is the lone person to stand up to the Villain.
Horrified the crowd and the boy’s mother look on, but no one moves to intervene. The young Spidey puts on his mask and prepares to do battle.
From off screen,
It’s the real Spider-Man!
Over all I give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 4.5 out of 5 starts and definitely recommend seeing it in theaters.