Cert: 12A Runtime: 141 mins Director: Marc Webb Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Colm Feore and Paul Giamatti
We have plans for you, Peter Parker
The Spider-Man franchise keeps going and going, this film has been heavily publicised for six months plus. Personally I am rather sceptical of this franchise re-boot, but I was converted after The Amazing Spider-Man. We truly had a new angle on our neighbourhood Spider-Man. So with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone back, along with Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx this was rather enticing. What is TASM2 all about? For Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), his double life as Spider-Man has been a struggle. But just as he’s beginning to relax with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), a terrifying new foe emerges. Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), a downtrodden sad sack of a lowly Oscorp employee, has a terrible accident in a tank of genetically modified electric eels. Emerging as the monstrous, blue-skinned Electro, he embarks on a reign of terror with the power of electricity at his command. In addition to this electrifying new bad guy, Spidey also encounters shaven-headed Russian mobster the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). And the re-emergence of his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) leads Peter to realise that Oscorp is the common factor uniting his enemies.
Straight off the bat, we get a fantastic opening with two stunning action set pieces one after the other with director: Marc Webb really showing off his action chops and how this film’s cinematography has been upped since the last instalment. Especially with the web-slinging, where the camera tracks spider-man tight and fast to make it feel, like you too are soaring across the New York skyline with the iconic hero.Now I don’t like comparing this series to the original Raimi trilogy as they are two separate franchises in my opinion but whilst Spider-Man 2 looked into the ramifications of being Spider-Man, of the two I do think this one has lot more emotion too it. I still prefer Raimi’s sequel! We really feel the burden of being Spider-Man in this film, you ride the highs and the lows of Peter Parker as he tries to figure is path in life. Perhaps the strongest element in the film is the relationship between Peter and Gwen, we see the consequences of the first film play in there and both parts are played brilliantly well with plenty of humour to keep the proceedings light. Garfield is the perfect Peter Parker, he is such a nerd through out. Personally he seems to be over taking Tobey Maguire in the Peter aspect, he isn’t quite Spider-Man yet! Emma Stone truly is Gwen Stacy, her comedy, intelligence and tenacity shine through out.
Dane DeHaan was sublime casting, his Harry Osborn/Hobgoblin was brilliant (he beats Franco to a pulp). He was very creepy and foul, but the human side to him was also humbling. Jamie Foxx did a decent job as Electro, but as the film moves along you tend to forget about him a bit. Maybe he should of featured in another film? We can’t be all positive about the film. In the second act it just cracks, it’s unsure what it really wants to do and there isn’t enough screen time for Foxx and DeHaan. Whilst a few corny moments, cheesy jokes and diabolic dialogue, it pulls down the good work of the first act of the film. Some scenes are just too rushed and the film tries to cram too much in to it’s two and a half hour run time. The ending was rather meh, it should of finished about 20 minutes before. I did re-cut this film in my head quite a lot during the film. It seemed like a semi-serious piece but it became chalk and cheese by the end.Flaws aside, this is one very entertaining film. It’s definitely the best rom-com superhero movie I have seen (not there being many in existence). If you are looking for a good action packed film over the Easter break though, look no further then your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man!