I said in one of my earlier posts that I would write a review on the film ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’, so here I go. Sorry it’s a little late.
The first Amazing Spiderman was good, but this one was better. The differences between Spidey’s character and Peter Parker’s were much more noticeable. Even though they are the same person, when he puts on the mask, Peter becomes a different person, more confident and charming, and less of the goofy, slightly awkward guy Peter feels he is. As Spiderman, he is loved and revered by the people of the city, which Peter somewhat lacks in his own life. He is loved, by Aunt May and Gwen Stacey, but he is damaged after being abandoned by his parents as a young boy, and nothing is going to repair this damage. By being Spiderman, Peter can escape his life for a while, and be a hero, even when his own life is falling apart.
The plot of the Amazing Spiderman was okay, I enjoyed Jamie Foxx’s character arc from a needy weird little man into a super-villain ready to destroy New York. However, the movie was not really about Spiderman beating the bad-guys (we all know that’s the point of the movie), but it was the collapse of Gwen Stacey and Peter’s relationship, which her father had known would lead to her death. This sort of made the movie have a chick-flick, rom-com feel to it, which made the death of Gwen Stacey, although not unexpected, quite startling to the audience. How Peter dealt with his and Gwen’s relationship difficulties was to try and re-discover himself, both through re-friending Harry Osborn, and trying to find out what his father had been doing in Oscorp Industries before he and his wife abandoned Peter with his aunt and his uncle. The conclusion to this part of the story, what Peter’s father’s research for Oscorp means for Peter, and the future of Spiderman still remains to be concluded, inevitably in the next film.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 was a good film, and I enjoyed Spiderman’s sarcastic wisecracks to the villains he captured, it gave Spiderman a bit of an edge, and made him less of a broody Batman sort of hero, which Tobey MacGuire’s rendition of the role was far too full of, lacking the lighter tone to contrast with. I await the next instalment in the franchise with baited breath to see where they take it.