Now, I have many friends who are very much into film and I did my best to stay away from conversations about this film due to not seeing it. I have now watched it so I can talk about it and not talk out of my rear end. I must say that the relationship between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) is probably where the “Amazing” comes from for the title. Both are great together, as well as the chemistry and just overall naturalness to them and their interactions are just wonderful. Emma Stone, by far, gives the best performance in my opinion. She is engaging, smart, and has some really good comedic timing with Garfield. It is a shame that she will no longer be apart of the series as watching her portray Gwen Stacey was enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed how the writers decided how to kill off her character, (Granted in the comic it is not known if the Goblin killed her first or the sudden stop from the web Spidey shot that caught her foot did it.) having the sudden stop from free falling snap her neck was a great touch to really add something more to Spidey.
There were things that I was not a fan of and I think I have to start with Harry Osborn. I really did not like how the character was written or performed for the most part. Now, I am not totally destroying Dane DeHaan here. There are moments that I really thought he did a great job, but overall Harry Osborn was made to be a real “emo” rich kid. There are times when he is just yelling to yell and I feel that those times were just simply a bad acting choice. I also feel that his “Green Goblin” looked really stupid and he was just not good at portraying a top 3 villain in the Spiderman universe.
I also think that Andrew Garfield did a good job as Peter Parker/Spiderman. Now there are moments that I really liked him in (see any scene with Emma Stone) and he does well working with the great Sally Field. However, there are moments that I feel that Garfield drops the ball. There are many times where Garfield forgets how Peter Parker speaks, since there is a somewhat odd New Yorker accent that gets thrown in there. I will say that this go around as the web swinger is better. There is a more wise-cracking vibe with Spidey which was missing in the “first” installment.
We are now at the point where I need to get something off my chest about this film and the series in general. Now mind you, I thought the movie was okay. It may be the best of the “Amazing” series, but it is not as good as the other series (Sam Raimi directed ones).
This movie was very, very similar to “Spiderman 3“. Yes, I just heard the internet explode because of the previous sentence. “The Amazing Spiderman 2” is nearly the same movie as “Spiderman 3”. There are some differences like the villains used (Electro in “Amazing Spiderman 2” and Sandman in “Spiderman 3”) both are not bad guys. One (Electro) just wants to be noticed, and the other (Sandman) wants to get enough money to help his sick daughter. They are both guys pushed into things by extraordinary circumstances. The only difference is Sandman didn’t go crazy and still try to kill Spiderman at the end.
Now the Harry Osborn scenario is somewhat the same in both except 1. In “Amazing” Harry is dying from what Norman Osborn called “The Osborn Curse” that makes them turn green and goblin like (Mind you totally stupid in my opinion.) 2. DeHaan’s performance was not nearly as good as James Franco’s performance. 3. Harry becomes a good guy like he does in the comics and not the primary villain (which SHOULD be Norman Osborn, but I digress).
Both become “Green Goblin” but “Amazing”s addition of a potential Sinister Six in future installments was good.
The introduction of “Rhino” was the equivalent of “Venom” I feel. Now there is a HUGE difference between “The Amazing Spiderman 2” and “Spiderman 3”. That huge difference would be the ridiculous amount of HYPE “Spiderman 3” had leading up to its release. The fans had enormous expectations for the film and when it didn’t meet them: the fans said “This movie stinks”. Granted, I will admit that “Spiderman 3” was not the greatest movie, it was not the worst movie of all time, it was a movie that was decent but the hype that preceded it really hampered the flick.
TL, DR: I know my opinion may not be popular but while I did enjoy “The Amazing Spiderman 2”, I feel that it is just about as good as “Spiderman 3”. I give this movie a 6/10.