We all love hero movies. Who isn’t thrilled to see poor, helpless citizens saved by a cool, good looking hero in his tight outfit? The Amazing Spiderman sequel continues to showcase its heroic quality, starting off with spidey swinging around in New York city and fighting crimes, while he was late to his own graduation. To be honest, the opening is a bit old. This is the fifth Spiderman movie (including the Raimi’s trilogy), we’re still seeing the same car chasing scene, criminals who are so arrogant and badass that even the entire NYPD couldn’t do anything to stop him, and finally how Spiderman swings his way to saving the day. Fortunately, the performance of Andrew Garfield has certainly made it very pleasing to watch. I gotta say, the casts are the biggest reason the movie is successful. And apparently, the story maker has taken an advantage of it by adding a lot more romantic scenes of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. For a second, I thought I was watching a romance movie. But I’m ok with it. He’s hot and so is she, the chemistry was great, so yeah. (I’m shallow like that.)
Apart from that, I also find that Dane Dehaan, the guy who played Harry Osborn (a.k.a Green Goblin), is a very charming actor.
He sort of reminded me of the young Leonardo Dicaprio (by the look), and he has the smile that makes you remember him. Overall, I even think that his performance was better than Jamie Foxx, not to suggest that Foxx didn’t do his job well, it’s the limitation of the character that has caused his acting to be rather unappealing. I’ll talk more about that later.
In general, I feel that this sequel did not exceed the success of its precedent. It wasn’t even close. The story planning was very commercial it almost feels like a marketing campaign. It’s one of the mediocre productions that couldn’t deliver the quality being promised in their trailers. When Marc Webb first introduced his version of Spiderman to the market, he has managed to bring something new to the table, convincing everyone that this is how Spiderman should look like. That effort was a success, but what came next in the sequel has lost the admirable novelty. Instead, it was like a combination of hero dramas being put together to form a seemingly exciting movie. The amount of content, the selection of scenes and even the casting of Electro, all look pretty commercial to me. I can almost imagine how the team came up with the tagline way before the story was done. On the marketing point of view, this was a great idea to grab attention but if you want a good story, I’m sure you need to work harder.
As implied earlier, I especially think the character design of Electro was flawed. To me, I don’t quite see Electro as a qualified villain. He was just a poor guy who got into an accident and had no idea what was going on to himself. The process of a person’s misfortune turning into a murderous motive is a complicated transition, and I expect more elaboration on that. Instead, the writer decided to simply shortened this part to a 5-minute scene (where Harry convinced Electro to kill Spiderman), which made it rather unconvincing.
Also, deviating from the tagline, the enemies didn’t really unite in the movie. They came one by one to the hero like how you fight bad guys off in a video game and I don’t even want to say how easily they die.
I’m not gonna say that this movie disappointed me. The story has a good fundamental, and it’s just that the detailed wasn’t well designed. I love Spiderman, I like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, the visual was undeniably great, so I’m giving this a 3.5/5.