The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Directed by Marc Webb. With Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan. When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones.

The film opens with the murder of Peter Parker’s mother and father, who are escaping in one of the world’s world airplanes, one that features windows made out of actual glass with no safety plastic or anything. Also, when one window is shot, all the other windows explode and the main door blows out, hitting the main engine, exploding the engine.

This isn’t an aircraft review though, so how about the film? It’s still a great Spider-man film filled with great stuff, but with some exceptionally confusing motivations for the villains, all wrapped up with wasted potential of all the actors involved. Paul Giamatti plays a goofy Russian mobster in a track suit that eventually gets an armor suit and could be confused for the Rhino character from the comics and Jamie Foxx plays a nebbish electrician. It’s difficult to separate those two actors from their great roles in the past with the silly one they’re filling here in AS2. And who decided to use a clarinet as Electro’s theme? Speaking of themes, the main theme of this movie reminds me of the main theme of Wing Commander, a vastly superior film that I hold close to my heart.

How is the CGI in this film worse than the CGI from the 2002 Spider-man film?

A couple cool things? The surround sound during the initial Electro confrontation and the “Ravencroft” tie in stuff. If you’ve seen the latest Venom film, you’ve seen a more modern version of Ravencroft, but the one here is great too, though the German war criminal scientist was a little too on the nose for my tastes.

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