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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Review

By Amanda Stewart,
Author Rating: 
4.5 Stars

For those of you who are wanting to go see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 during its opening weekend, I say go!

I was one of those people waiting in line last night to see the midnight viewing of the new Spider-Man movie and let me tell you, it was worth it! The visual effects along with the witty comedy of a Marvel film keeps its viewers on the edge of their seats.

First, let’s go ahead and recognize the fact that the reboot for Spider-Man is significantly better than the early 2000s Tobey Maguire version. The Amazing Spider-Man series is staying true to the comics and those who love the original Marvel comics are loving the new reboot.

Casting: So, Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy were perfectly cast in the film as they were in the first. Andrew Garfield, a relatively new actor, makes himself transform into the goofy, doesn’t-always-get-it-right, Spider-Man that we all love. Emma Stone makes the love between them real, not just a fairy tale.

I’m not going to lie, I was extremely skeptical of Jamie Foxx being cast as the main super-villain “Electro.” When he was introduced before he is in the accident that makes him Electro you were given a good enough character development and were able to tell he was not stable, even before the accident. Jamie Foxx certainly surprised me, and I think many others, in this performance. It was great! People laughed at him, he made them nervous and then they rooted against him in the end.

I was mildly annoyed at the fact that they introduced a second villain in this film, but it wasn’t an overwhelming presence. Harry Osborn, the Green Goblin, appeared in the middle of the movie in his human form and you feel bad for him, can sympathize with him. I would have changed the casting for this character, Dane DeHaan just didn’t seem scary enough. He kind of looked like a teenager with some face acne after the transformation.

Story line: Like I said, the story kept people on the edge of their seats. From the beginning scene, when Spider-Man is late to his graduation because he’s fighting a Russian mobster, to the heartbreaking end, Spider-Man drew attention from every corner of the theater. Of course, there were laughs, and in some points tears, but it was an overall well balanced movie.

Needless to say, you should go see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters! It’ll make you laugh, it will make you anxious and it might even make you cry. Even if it's not during opening weekend, you’re not going to want to wait for Redbox on this one.

 
 

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