As a person behind the mask of Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has a really hectic life. Not only he had to combat daily criminals in the whole Manhattan but he also has a relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) to be taken care of, the guilt he got for not abiding the request from late Captain Stacy (Dennis Leary) to stay away from his daughter doesn’t help either. As if it’s not enough already, another super-villain with a power to control electricity, Max Dillon aka Electro (Jamie Foxx) also appears in New York and his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) gives an impossible request for Spider-man’s blood to Parker. With that whole burden, can Peter Parker fulfill his responsibility as Spider-Man?
The second installment in this trilogy of The Amazing Spiderman has a tagline “His Greatest Battle Begins”. I think “Battles” sounds better at describing this movie. There are just so many stuffs he needed to fight here, aside Electro as his main villain in this movie, there’s his love life, mystery behind his parents, and there’s also the problem with his old friend Harry Osborn. Compared to the first film, it’s undoubtedly true that in here he got a lot more in his hands, or webs but is it truly as great as the tagline said?
Like what I have said above, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got lot of stories to offer, but somehow those stories can’t really catch my interest and not really memorable. Perhaps it’s because of the stories they want to tell is too many and causing me to be unfocused, I don’t really understand to be honest but I think they are too shallow for me to invest in the plot. I don’t know, I think it will be better to actually dig more into the angst plot they were actually able to offer, like from Electro or Harry Osborn. But I understand if they don’t want to do so in order to target young audiences, Spider-Man is not Batman after all, getting into dark stories might cause confusing mood swing towards the audience. Giving time to deepen the character’s story will also make the duration got longer, this movie has a long duration already with 142 minutes.
The romance in this story can’t be called enjoyable for me, but the chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield helps a lot, I think people who are into mushy fluffy romance are going to love this. The jokes cracked by Spidey are also funny, and judging from the laughter erupted at the cinema, I think other audiences think so as well. The greatest thing in this movie is the action, it’s superb.The battle scenes are so beautiful and exciting, I was awed by them.
To conclude, I think The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is good but it’s not a kind of movie which will be remembered as an awesome memorable superhero movie or something. I always like how they are following the story in comic more, but in comics they can take their time to introduce character and building up the plot, something a film can’t do so good since they have limited time and have to make sure the audiences are investing enough in the plots. I think it’s the major problem here that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 can’t overcome, too many things to tell but unable to pull the audiences in for all those. I hope Marc Webb will be able to make a more satisfying sequel in the his last installment of The Amazing Spider-Man in 2016 (Webb said he won’t direct The Amazing Spiderman 4). For now, I’m going to patiently wait for Sinister Six and Venom, are you excited for those movies too?