Friday, May 2, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review - 3 Stars

This second installment of the Spiderman trilogy hits all the bases.  Good leading man:  Andrew Garfield fits this bill.  Troubled family and relationship life:  Garfield ponders the disappearance of his family and the reasons for their action while trying to nurture his relationship with Emma Stone.  Grand villains:  Jamie Foxx as a shy electrical engineer who mutates in a vat of experimental electric eels as the result of an industrial accident.  And Jamie — aka Electro — isn’t the only villain of this piece.   Spiderman fights Oscorp—a sinister corporation doing some really evil things.  The son of the founder — played by the excellent Dane DeHaan — returns to take over the family empire after his father’s death.  DeHaan and Garfield reconnect as childhood buddies.  But they soon will fight as DeHaan has the same mutant disease that killed his father.  He vows revenge when his pal Spiderman won’t donate some of his blood as a possible cure.  Does this seem really complicated to you?  Well yeah, me too.  At two and a half hours, Spiderman 2 feels long yet rushed–because they cram so many plot points into their story.  DeHaan will return for part three as the Green Goblin, which I find one of the weaker villains in this series.  But the movie redeems itself at the end with a shocking turn of events.  Most of Spiderman 2 feels by the numbers.  The ending packs a punch and makes the whole thing worth watching.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Summer movie epic.  Is it entertaining?  a little long and complicated but works out at the end.  Is it worth the price of admission?  For the fans.