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What a tangled web we weave.....,
This review is from: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack) (Blu-ray)
I was quite taken back at how this sequel differed greatly from Marc Webb's first Amazing Spider-Man movie. I really loved that particular film because it was a very much more grounded & grittier approach that we really hadn't seen with the Sam Raimi movies & I'm not saying ones better than the other since the Raimi & Maguire trilogy is a totally different beast than what Marc Webb's doing, & I'm all for escapism. We've gotten so caught up in a post Nolan superhero movie genre where everything now has to be pure realism or nothing that we've forgotten that sense of fun & fantasy. Raimi's Spider-Man 2 & Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man are in my opinion the best of the Spidey cinematic series, but I digress. This follow up to the 2012 film is a mixed bag with an apparent desire to have a bit more fun in the way of campy villains & easter eggs. Besides the top notch special effects & live action that's present in all the Spidey movies, Jamie Foxx's portrayal of Electro truly seems like he's right out of the Joel Schumacher's Batman flicks as does the hammy German doctor at Ravencroft Institute. That really left me scratching my head. Was I back in 1995?? Actually I was quite surprised that Electro didn't have a much bigger role in the movie as he was heavily being promoted as the new baddie. I did like the fact that the film really centered on Garfield's Peter Parker more than anything else without getting itself sidetracked with the bad guys or the brief trivial cameos by characters from the Spider-Man comics (eg; Alistair Smythe, Felicia Hardy, J. Jonah Jameson, etc.). Rhys Ifans' Lizard was a much more compelling antagonist & just seemed much more successfully realized while Jamie Foxx's brief scenes don't seem to really add up to anything important besides some eye candy. Dane Dehaan really shine's here as the new movie interpretation of wealthy heir Harry Osbourne. He also successfully brings to life a menacing & vile Green Goblin that's much more appropriate than the Willem Dafoe version ever was. Amazing Spider-Man 2 also successfully ties up some loose ends in regards to his parents disappearance from the first film & while I don't wish to give too much away, Sally Field continues to be perfect as Aunt May & her scenes with Andrew are spectacular as is Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy. With a powerful & haunting finale to this movie I still felt somewhat short changed since SEVERAL scenes & dialogue that were present in ALL of the various trailers & TV spots are COMPLETELY ABSENT from the theatrical cut. That annoyed me the most because if you've been following the production of this movie since day one, you will certainly notice a lot of scenes just gone from what you had been seeing for almost a year. That sort of changes your perception of the movie after you've finished watching it & to that end the film comes across as incomplete. Yet I have faith the third film will get back on a more focused track but perhaps a directors cut in the meantime Sony? Though I will give credit where credit is rightly due. Andrew Garfield nails Peter Parker physically with his skinny & lean athletic build & look's every bit as Spidey like he was lifted right off the comic panels. The Spider-Man costume in this movie is also true perfection & that's something that's very rare in superhero cinema.
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Initial post: May 10, 2014 12:53:41 AM PDT
My only comment is about the German doctor. He's most likely another Easter egg alluding to hydra since in the comics they are the ones who betray Richard Parker. This would show a connection between the top dogs at oscorp and hydra working together.
In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2015 8:09:27 AM PDT
Yeah that's fine & all I just found that scene to be particularly campy in the style of Batman Forever. Yes, way too many easter eggs & personally not a fan whatsoever of "easter egg" overkill in movies. Thanks for reading my review :)
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