The wise-cracking webhead returns in the next instalment of the latest adaptation of the Marvel comic classic, with Andrew Garfield continuing his role as the young, fun-loving superhero. This time round, director Marc Webb, seems to have taken a different approach to the web-slinger and has focused heavily on his alter-ego Peter Parker’s social life, most importantly his on again/off again relationship with Gwen Stacy (in spite of a promise he made to her late father to keep her safely distant from his vigilante deeds).
Unlike its prequel, which centred around Spider-Man’s origin story and Dr Curt Connors/The Lizard,The Amazing Spider-Man 2 focuses mostly on the origin of the super-charged Electro. Jamie Foxx’s electrifying performance as Electro (AKA Maxwell Dillon) brought to life a clever depiction of the super villain with an obsessive disposition that had yet to be seen in the Spider-Man canon.
Despite this, the film suffers from the same curse that struck Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 as it recklessly forces the Green Goblin, a complex criminal genius worthy of his own movie, in towards the final fight scene. In doing so, there was no time to give one of Spider-Man’s favourite antagonists the screen time they deserved. Additionally, Rhino is unworthy of being mentioned as one of the key villains, disappointingly used as a simple cameo despite the theatrical trailers portraying his appearance as one of the major fight scenes.
As if to rub additional salt into the wound, the film’s post-credit scene, as is expected from all Marvel films, seemed less to do with adding to an overall Marvel story in a clever teaser-like-manner. It had blatantly inserted a trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past instead. This left one feeling cheated having already watched a vast portion of the overall credits, after a series of disappointments, for a simple theatrical trailer that added very little excitement for the upcoming film.
For the fans, the movie seemed to fall short of expectation, leaving them wanting more, especially with the action one expected. However, for those who want to see a film that will entertain for a few hours and who don’t officially follow the Spider-Man canon, then The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does its job. It must be said that although the film seemed unfulfilling, it was simply because the trailers promised more than it actually gave which became more evident as the film continued.
It is suggested that if you go to see the film, then you should forget what the trailer asserts and expect a decent, well-acted and entertaining film which attempts to move away from the typical superhero blockbuster film, replacing the emphasis of action for how being Spider-Man affects Peter Parker’s relationships with others, both socially and romantically.