The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)


Director: Marc Webb
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner
Production Companies: Marvel Enterprises, Avi Arad Productions, Columbia Pictures, Matt Tolmach Productions
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Super-Hero

How I Watched It: Alone in my apartment. Evening.

What It’s About: Spider-Man continues to battle super-villains and save the city.

Thoughts: Yeah….there are gonna be spoilers.

Well, at the beginning, we get more of a glimpse into what happened to Peter’s parents after they leave him at his Aunt and Uncle’s house.  It’s still fairly cryptic, but it’s revealed that they were definitely running from someone and attempting to hide something. Then we come back to present day and of course Spider-Man’s (Garfield) on the job. Some henchmen are trying to rob an OSCORP armored truck of some radioactive material. Wait…is that…Paul Giamatti?  With…a barbwire tattoo on his forehead? Alright. I can dig it. Oh!…and he’s Russian?!  Nice!  Peter ends up saving the day (duh) and manages to make it to his high school graduation just in the nick of time.

We run into Gwen Stacy (Stone) again. She’s so damn adorable. I wish I could hate her, but I can’t. Anyway, we get more of Peter and Gwen’s amazing on-screen chemistry (go figure since they’re a real-life couple).  Here’s a new thing: now Peter sees Gwen’s dead father (Denis Leary) all the time!  Creepy.  He’s not a zombie or anything….more of a…guilt ghost.  If you remember from the last film, he promised her father that he would stay away from her so that she would be safe.  He obviously broke that promise.
So, broken promise = Guilt Ghost Dad.

Ghost Dad

Guilt-Free Ghost Dad

Then of course, we have to have a villain. While Spidey is out stopping Paul Giamatti from stealing plutonium, he happens to save this dorky analyst-lookin’ fella who’s running around with blueprints.  This guy’s name is Max Dillon (Fox), and guess what you guys? Can you guess who the villain’s gonna be?  THIS GUY.  It’s not hard to figure out, but still fun nonetheless.  This fella works for OSCORP in the electrical engineering department. After Ryan from The Office….er…B.J. Novak is a complete dick to him, he goes and tries to fix some…electrical things all by his lonesome.  Well…we can see where this is going. He ends up getting electrocuted.  But to be fair, he then gets dropped into a vat of electric eels. I can safely say that I didn’t anticipate that.  He is then transformed into Electro. He’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

You know what’s better than the actual villain, though? HIS MUSIC. Oh. My. Glob.  Let me just gush about this soundtrack for a second. The music in this film is done by Hans Zimmer…BRILLIANT GENIUS AWESOME PERSON.  However…this time around, he had assistance from a group that came to call themselves The Magnificent Six (which is a Transformers reference. I didn’t know that off-hand, because I’m not that cool….but ya know…trivia). This group consists of Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr (of The Smiths, Modest Mouse), Michael Einziger (of Incubus), Junkie XL, Andrew Kawczynski, and Steve Mazzaroritten. Ummmmm….YES. These guys make a sandwich of Hans Zimmer’s amazing orchestrations and badass electro music.  It. Is. Perfect.  The music throughout the rest of the film is amazing too, but man…those scenes with Electro just really stand out. So good. Okay. Done gushing.

There’s also a running story line with Harry Osborn (DeHaan). Harry is Peter’s best friend, even though they’re somewhat estranged. Peter comes to his aid when Harry’s father, Norman, passes away. Harry has discovered that he has the same genetic disorder as his father, and that he is slowly dying.  So, OF COURSE HE BECOMES A VILLAIN. We know that Norman was previously known as the Green Goblin….so guess what? Harry’s taking over the reigns, baby! The Green Goblin isn’t introduced into the story until much later in the movie, so I believe that he’ll play some sort of a role in the third installment of the series.  This Green Goblin, though.  I really like the look of him. He looks green with illness, but it works. I really look forward to seeing more of Dane DeHaan as this villain–kid’s got talent.

ULTIMATE SPOILER ALERT: Peter defeats Electro with the help of Gwen…and just when you think it’s over…Green Goblin flies right into the fight. He is bound and determined to hurt Peter in whatever way he can, so of course he swoops of Gwen and drops her from the sky. Peter snags her with his web, but in his continuing battle with Green Goblin, his web gets cut and she falls. Then we get this super slow-motion moment when Peter trying to reach through all of these falling gears with his web to reach her and save her from falling to her death.  AND HE GETS HER…or….wait.  Gwen? …… Gwennnnn?  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Apparently he stops her just shy of her splatting into a goopy mess…but she still hit her head or something.  It’s not terribly clear…but we know that she’s dead. 😥

I really loved Stone in that character, and I’m so sad to see her go….but…I appreciate that fact that they let a main character go. I’m a realist, I suppose. I always thought it was sort of silly that one man could save EVERY PERSON. There has to be collateral damage, but we just aren’t seing it. They show it to us in full-force. Annnnnd it’s depressing. Andrew Garfield breaks my heart when he’s sad. At least he didn’t go into full-out Emo-Spidey Mode.

No offense, Sam Raimi. I'll always love you.

No offense, Sam Raimi. I’ll always love you.

Then at the end of the film, we see Harry Osborn in Ravencroft Mental Institution, talking to someone named Mr. Fierce? I haven’t read the comics, so I’m not “in the know” on that one. DON’T TELL ME. Anyway, this mysterious guy is “getting a team” together for Harry. The first of which, is…Paul Giamatti!  Hey!  That came full circle!  He’s Rhino…so…he’s basically a mecha-Rhino with machine guns. Alright. He draws Spider-Man back out after he’d been on a bit of a hiatus since Gwen’s death. There’s this really adorable moment where a kid in a Spider-Man costume walks out there like Tank Man.

Tank Man

Tank Man

Annnnd we end in the midst of that fight.

My Rating: Huzzah!

I thought this movie was a blast. It may have a running time of almost two and a half hours, but it just flew by. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?  Not sure why this was received with such poor reviews. Y’all can suck it.

Where Can I Watch It?: You can catch this one on Amazon Instant or go pick up a copy at your favorite rental place.