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The Amazing Spider-Man 2


Even before THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was released in 2012, there were already


grumblings as to whether or not a reboot of the franchise was really necessary. When the film was released however, many changed their tune. While the movie itself may have not been as spectacular as its predecessors, there was certainly some encouraging signs. Though the villain The Lizard (played by Rhys Ifans) left plenty to be desired, James Garfield proved more than capable of filling the shoes vacated by Toby Maguire. Garfield, who had wowed audiences in THE SOCIAL NETWORK brought a certain swagger that had been missing in the initial trilogy, and his love interest, Gwen (played by Emma Stone) was also a step up from Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). Given the initial reservations, there was plenty of hope that the franchise was once again gaining steam, and heading in the right direction. Unfortunately,


all of the headway made in creating a new SPIDER- MAN universe was utterly destroyed in the mediocre and spectacularly disap- pointing THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. After learning


more about the fate of Peter Parker’s parents in the opening scene, audi- ences are given their first look at the web-slinging superhero shortly there- after. Spouting chippy one-liners and doing his best to be hilarious amidst the carnage, Spidey saves the day by bringing down some baddies who were attempting to steal a large supply of plutonium. Along the way, there are plenty of car crashes and dust-ups, and he even saves a mild-mannered Oscorp employee Max (Jamie Foxx). To top it off, he makes it to graduation just as his name is being called to receive his diploma, and seals the deal when he plants a smooch on his beloved Gwen. This initial action sequence was certainly exhilarating, as the audience was once


again given a bird’s eye view to Spider-man’s daring feats of wonder. Its hard not be en- ticed by the fast-paced, high-flying adventure, and the special effects project a promise of great things to come. Sadly, the majority of the ensuing scenes are mere slight varia- tions of this exact same sequence. Clocking in at almost 2-and-a-half hours, there is plenty of story develop-


ment in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, yet very little of it enhances the series. I have often found the storytelling itself to be the most interesting aspect of the majority of comic-book based movies, and the reason why recent films such as IRON MAN and MAN


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