As promised, here are my thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. You can find my write-up on the first film here…
I touched upon some of the similarities and differences to the Raimi/Maguire trilogy in my first post. When I started watching the second one, my wife asked, “Is he still a photographer?”, to which the answer is “Yes” but it’s not really something that features heavily in the Marc Webb/Andrew Garfield films. It’s used as a tool but we’re never introduced to a Mr Jameson character or visit the Daily Bugle.
I was slightly flummoxed by the introduction of senior Oscorp characters in this film. It seemed a strange continuity thing to me that they weren’t in the first films. Also, a couple of American actors play Eastern Europeans with fake accents. That’s fine (Contrary to what some people think!) but if it sounds like a cheesy fake accent then that’s what it is… and that’s not good acting!
Spoiler Alert! This film features the death of a significant character. Now obviously characters die in Spider-Man and I don’t know if this one is true to the comics but I found it very unHollywood that this character died… which is good! It made it a better film.
The film has the whole Spider-Man not being Spider-Man phase but I find Aunt May’s possible knowledge of Peter Parker being Spider-Man a little inconsistent throughout both films. There are multiple hints that she knows but then she also displays complete ignorance. That said, I do think Sally Field excels in a smallish but vital role.
Jamie Fox (Electron) and Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn) star as villains and I like them both, though again on the continuity front, we have reference to Parker and Osborn’s previous friendship. To be fair, it was seemingly before their teenage years which is the film’s main focus, time period wise.
I’ve just remembered the plane crash scene (Sorry, another spoiler!) and it’s ridiculous that somebody managed to download a computer file whilst spiralling to Earth!
I’ve always enjoyed the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire and co. trilogy and this was a decent reimagining. Also, I belatedly realised that the director’s name… Marc WEBB, is extremely appropriate!
If you have seen the films or intend to then I hope that you enjoy them too.