“You want me to come down there so you can kill me?” The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Seeing as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been out for a while now and every man and his dog has
already reviewed it, this post WILL have spoilers. Please be warned!

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As much as I enjoyed Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Spider-Man the first time around in 2012 (my short review here), the film wasn’t anything special. It was a tough one though because there are only so many ways you can tell the same origins story. Which is why I was excited to see what they were going to do with the second instalment. They had plenty more story lines to consider and could pull it away from Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy which I really didn’t enjoy.

Spider-Man-2-Peter-Parker-Harry-OsbornThis time around we still have long lost best friend Harry Osborn and the general conspiracies surrounding Oscorp. But we also get a much deeper insight into Peter Parker’s parents, a good look at his relationship with Aunt May, the romance between him and Gwen Stacy as well as a new evil villain for Spidey to contend with. Many reviews have expressed that fitting all of these threads into one film detracted from the story as a whole, I disagree though – I think it was well paced and the stories were all well told. It meant I didn’t get bored at any point during the film because it kept my interest by switching between story loops.

Maybe I am on my own here but I really enjoyed the moments between Gwen and Peter, yes there were some cringy parts where it got a little cheesy but I didn’t mind because Garfield’s delivery made it sweet and funny, and Emma Stone just oozes ‘cool’. They have great chemistry on screen too which made it easy to believe in and route for (much the opposite of Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst’s awkwardness!). I really enjoyed the opening sequence switching between Gwen at the graduation ceremony and Spider-Man pursuing the bad guys in a fast paced car chase. I felt they set the tone of the film in this first part to be much more comic book stylee, for example when Spider-Man is trying to catch all the radioactive bottles in the back of the van it looked almost cartoon like. His one liners and funny quips had me laughing aloud and I really got into it from the off. When Gwen did her moving speech I knew where the story was heading though!

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Some brilliant casting in Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, he looks like a slightly less attractive mid-twenties Leo DiCaprio (you know up until he starts turning green and goes all mental). I enjoyed his performance too, he is another cool character – I loved his delivery and attitude. His character felt much different to James Franco’s Harry which I thought was a good move. I wanted to see more of him being Harry, but unfortunately the Green Goblin thing happens and then he isn’t so cool. DeHaan does the broody rich teen thing very well, but I wasn’t as convinced with his villain. The way Harry turns into the Green Goblin made it much more interesting, the scene in which he crawls up to the flight suit was pretty grotesque and actually quite disturbing I found!

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Jamie Foxx was an odd choice for Electro, I wasn’t convinced by his down trodden Max Dillon at first but warmed to him as he became more obviously vulnerable. His transformation to Electro was pretty cool, the glowing blue skin and bassey voice were actually quite menacing. I enjoyed the use of heavy bass music during the fight scenes with Electro, and the setting of Times Square was very fitting for the first spider-man2show down. When Electro throws electricity around and it goes all slow motion it looked VERY cool and I found these scenes really exciting. I think Spidey probably got off quite likely with the amount of times he gets electrocuted, but a bit of suspended disbelief is required here!

Electro’s final battle also becomes the Green Goblin’s first. A nice transition I thought, as I kept gasping throughout thinking ‘oh god Gwen’s going to die here!’ To no avail! Finally, she gets put in some real life threatening danger when the Goblin whisks her up into the air. The moment the camera zooms out from the top of the building and Spider-Man jumps to catch Gwen has stuck in my head since! As has the slow mo fall that follows Gwen’s decent down the clock tower with cogs and debris falling around her. I held my breath when Spider-Man throws his web to try and catch her…

Now, the first time I saw this I watched it in 2D, when Gwen almost hits the floor she stops so suddenly I knew for sure she was a goner and found it quite shocking! The second time around I watched in 3D and thought the visuals weren’t as crisp and her landing seemed much softer. In 3D my friend was confused and didn’t believe Gwen was actually dead until after the funeral scene. Just an interesting difference between 2D and 3D viewings there.

I thought that the scenes Peter mourns Gwen’s death were very touching and not dragged out for too long. It isn’t long before he gets back his motivation and goes off fighting the next villain wreaking havoc in the city. Which for me was a really good ending as it didn’t feel flat after a tragic event. It picked up the anti again and left me feeling pretty chuffed with the film over all! Plus the appearance of Mr. Fiers is another good teaser linking to the first film and a good indication of the stories direction.

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My POV, a really great second instalment for The Amazing Spider-Man, I probably enjoyed it more than most and believe its current rating of 7.4 on IMDB is a little harsh. But I would recommend watching it on the big screen to those who haven’t yet seen it , although I wouldn’t bother paying extra for 3D. The action is just as good in 2D! I was disappointed with the end credit clip though, no teasers for Spider-Man itself, just an X-Men trailer which I thought was a bit of a cop out. I am pleased the studios are working together, and perhaps a cross over film is on the cards in the future, but it doesn’t look like it ATM!

There is an interesting story over on Screen Rant about a deleted post-credit scene that has leaked though… you can check that out here.

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21 thoughts on ““You want me to come down there so you can kill me?” The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  1. Chris May 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm Reply

    My biggest problem was how much time they spent setting up for the Sinister Six movie to the exclusion of Spider-Man

    • myreelpov May 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm Reply

      I didn’t really get that feeling from it but thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  2. lauren May 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm Reply

    I really enjoyed this movie and thought Garfield and Stone were brilliant together. The ending had me in such tears. DeHaan was also a great villian. Great review!

    • myreelpov May 27, 2014 at 9:46 am Reply

      Cheers Lauren! I am glad you enjoyed it as much as me πŸ™‚ thanks for taking time to comment!

  3. Tim The Film Guy May 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Great review. I loved the film and thought the new lighter more comic book feel of the film made Spider-man finally feel like Spider-man.

    Very much looking forward to the next one, BRING ON SINISTER SIX! πŸ˜€

    • myreelpov May 27, 2014 at 9:47 am Reply

      Do you think Sinister Six will be the next Spider-Man or do you reckon it will be a separate movie all together??

      I love the comic-book style, felt much more fun!

      • Tim The Film Guy May 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        The Sinister six will be a stand alone but I think they will introduce more in the next Spider-Man film πŸ˜€

  4. CMrok93 May 27, 2014 at 3:20 am Reply

    For some reason, I liked this one a lot more others. Sure, it was over-stuffed and confusing at times, but when it was fun, it was a good time to be apart of. Maybe I was too happy when watching this. Good review.

    • myreelpov May 27, 2014 at 9:48 am Reply

      You can’t be too happy! I am glad you enjoyed it, I feel you are a lot more critical in your reviews so it’s good to see you being positive about this one too! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  5. aeronmacarthur May 27, 2014 at 11:54 am Reply

    I love this movie, even if it strays a little from the comics. Still a legit premise. If you’re into zombies and apocalyptic stuff, check out http://www.theapocalypsebites.com. Thanks for sharing! Cheers.

    • myreelpov May 27, 2014 at 5:11 pm Reply

      It is legit πŸ˜‰ Haha I am not a fan of Zombies but don’t mind a shameless plug if any other readers want to check it out πŸ™‚

      • aeronmacarthur May 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        Haha, very cool. Maybe you just haven’t met the right zombie yet. πŸ˜‰

  6. keith7198 May 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Very nice review. I really didn’t care for this one. I thought the villains were paper-thin and uninspired so many plot points and characters were shortchanged. I think it tried to do too much. I do think the human moments were when the film was at its best.

    • myreelpov May 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm Reply

      Yep see where you are coming from on the plot points, there were a few gaps but that being said I tried not to take it too seriously and ended up really enjoying it. Thanks for commenting Keith!

  7. Hypersonic55 May 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Ah Claire, here we are again talking about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 haha. It seems like a lot of people that I know in this bloggging community that we’re part of really liked this film, however I am the one of the few that stand on the other side of the fence watching in disbelief. XD

    Now I just wish to clarify that I don’t actually hate this film and anyone that likes this film are not wrong to do so. That being said this film had the potential to be incredible, however in my eyes and the eyes of many others it was seen as a disappointment and that’s the main thing that hurts me. Spidey is my all-time favourite superhero and for all the attempts at live-action films there isn’t one film that can unite everyone on the same front. Unfortunately the film stull throws in a shoe-horned Green Goblin near the end, 5 mins of unnecesary Rhino, the story about Peter’s parents that should have been resolved in the last film and patchy tone and pacing issues that make the film feel messy.

    But anyways there are points about this film that I liked that you mentioned in your review. For one the central relationship between Peter and Gwen is the strongest aspect of this film and the visual effects were very good. DeHaan as Harry Osborn was great, Gwen’s speech at her graduation was very beautiful, I loved the moment between Peter and Aunt May in his room, Gwen’s death was awesome and Peter mourning her death was beautiful. To be honest that’s where the film should have ended, gives a slightly sad ending like Star Wars Episode 5.

    Anyways great review yo, I value your opinion as always. P.S. sorry for the long comment but I had to say something detailed as usual haha πŸ˜›

    • myreelpov May 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm Reply

      I LOVE your giant comments – they keep me entertained at work when I sneakily read them haha. I don’t think this comic-book style version of Spidey would have worked with a tragic ending which is why I liked this ending so much – left you wanting more and left me with a grin on my face as I left the cinema. I am glad you can give it some credit at least πŸ˜‰ Haha thanks for commenting as always!

    • Chris May 28, 2014 at 5:48 pm Reply

      I agree with you and I think for mostly the same reason. Spidey has always been my favorite hero so I set the bar high when it comes to his movies (especially because I love the first trilogy) and these reboot movies, while no where close to the worst superhero movies I’ve seen (coughCatwomancough), haven’t reached that bar yet. But I fully admit that this is a subjective bar of my own creation.

      • myreelpov May 29, 2014 at 7:43 am

        It’s ok to have high expectations! For me Spidey isn’t one of my faves so anything entertaining is a bonus πŸ™‚

  8. johnlally00 May 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm Reply

    Great post. I have not seen AS2 yet – I am probably going to, this post reinforces that for me. I share some of the same views on this. One big question we always have to answer is this, “are we better off with this than we were with Sam Raimi.” This is coming from a guy that loves Evil Dead, and my answer is – we are better off. I felt Raimi’s second offering was the better of his two.

    Jamie Foxx as Electro could never make sense?

    I believe we could see a 3rd reboot of this franchise down the road. Superman did it, and it seems like the audience’s love for Spidey is so big that despite a decent product on screen, it gets huge numbers. Imagine how good this could be under Sam Mendes or Nolan? Those guys will never get to this, but I don’t think this franchise has reached it’s full potential yet on screen.

    • myreelpov May 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm Reply

      Hey thanks for taking the time to comment πŸ™‚ You read all the spoilers and haven’t seen it yet?? I guess if you know the source material you wont be surprised but I tried not to hear anything about it before I went in!
      Yes we are definitely better off with this version than Raimi’s and I can appreciate he is a well loved director. I can’t see a darker version of Spider-Man to be honest I like the fact that this superhero will remain pretty light hearted. But it is probably inevitable at some point because people love it that stuff πŸ˜› Hope to see you back again soon!

  9. Ayush Chandra June 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm Reply

    Great and a detailed review, but this film is not as good as the original spider man, i only like the action part of T.A.S.M – 2

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