One of the common themes in Spider-Man is “with great power comes great responsibility”. When Peter Parker became the hero we all know and love, he realizes it is his responsibility to risk everything he has to save the people of New York City. Not only is Spider-Man a hero, but he is a symbol of America. When trouble occurs, he swings from building to building by shooting webs and comes in to save our butts. We all wish this iconic superhero was here in real life. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to the underrated The Amazing Spider-Man, there would always be hope.
For Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), being Spider-Man is his all-time favorite hobby. Now that he has just graduated from high school, he wants to pursue living his dream of being the hero. Despite dealing with the loss of his parents (mainly his father Richard Parker) and Uncle Ben, he feels comfortable about his life. He has a great affection for his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) that he would never leave her. Everything about Peter’s life seems to be downright perfect.
That is until an incident happens at Oscorp involving an electrical engineer (Jamie Foxx) getting electrocuted and dropped into a pool of electrical eels. He gets exposed by electricity and erupts as he calls himself of Electro. Meanwhile, Peter must fight his inner demons in order to save the city once again.
Like with the last film, Andrew Garfield delivers a much better portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire. Although I do like Maguire a lot, I think Garfield felt more human; acting more like a real teenager with a scientific knowledge. He’s everything that I want in a superhero; funny, charismatic, caring, intelligent, mature, and (most importantly) heroic. His relationship with Gwen Stacy (well-played by the beautiful Emma Stone) might be too lovey-dovey at times. Nevertheless, their romance is better portrayed than by Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Dane DeHaan – of Chronicle fame – is a good choice as Harry Osborn, Peter’s old friend who is the heir of Oscorp Industries. He brings in an evil persona into his role that makes James Franco’s portrayal look rather bland. His green eyes makes him look rather creepy. Jamie Foxx started off rather bland; playing a stereotypical geeky electrical engineer of Oscorp who is obsessed with Spider-Man after he saved his life. When he becomes the villainous Electro, he definitely puts on a show!
Running at 2 hours and 22 minutes, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is quite a drag, but it never bored my eyes out at all. It’s sugarcoated with too many subplots, too many villains, and some underdeveloped characters. However, the special effects and the action sequences are beyond impressive. Especially when Electro uses his shocking powers (pun intended) to cut the entire power of NYC. My jaw literally dropped to the floor because it was so cool on the big screen. Whenever Spider-Man is swing from building to building, it feels like you are on a roller coaster ride at Walt Disney World. It’s breathtaking!