Ohh boy! The most sought after genre of Hollywood, the ‘Superhero’ genre is back on screen! One of the most awaited films of this year, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man:2’ is here.
But is it really worth all the hype? Read on..
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city.
With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker brings good looks and the much-needed likeability on screen. As an individual performance, the young lad has sure played the part considerably well. However, when compared to the earlier Peter Parker,played by Tobey Maguire, this one falls flat. Mainly because the much-needed innocence in the performance delivered by Tobey which is sorely missed here.
Jamie Foxx stars as Max, who works in the electrical division of Oscorp, the big bad corporation. With a balding head, carefully gelled down hair to cover the pate, thick glasses and ill-fitting clothes, he is a pushover, ignored and mocked by his superior and colleagues. Max’s best memory is being saved by Spider-Man one day on the road, and being addressed by him kindly. He slips into the character easily and is a ‘hate’-able villain, as desired.
Dane DeHaan plays the second villain and plays the role atrociously. He is a poor reprise of the James Franco character in the earlier round of Spider-Man movies. His relationship with Peter Parker makes no sense as presented. (Only if the makers took some effort in writing this character properly and presenting it in a better way).
Emma Stone essays the role of Gwen Stacy and she portrays the character comfortably on screen. However,given the fact that there’s a superhero and two super villains in the film, she doesn’t have much to do.
Technical Aspects :
It is here, that the jaw-dropping budget of $200,000,000 comes into play. (That’s right..eight zeros after 2) A budget of a whopping 250 Million Dollars! Most of the money has been put into the VFX area.(Only if some money was pumped into writing intriguing and innovative stuff)
Director Marc Webb chose to shoot on 35mm film instead of the digital Red Epic cameras the original was shot with.
He transitions from one scene to another effotrlessly. However, he wastes too much of time in establishing his characters and preaching about moral dilemmas of the society.
The VFX is amazing (thanks to the humngous budget). In a way, the special effects and the breathtaking visuals are the only saving grace of this movie.
Hawk-Eye Analysis :
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a victim of ‘The Curse Of Second Half’. The film is painfully slow and is dragged well past two hours which makes the subject all the more drab and boring.
This film, which is basically a remake of other recent and derivative films, with plagiarism written all over it. The dialogues are carpentered from previous movies. The action scenes are almost shot-for-shot retreads. The characters go through precisely the same motions, or trace the same “arcs.” This is plagiarism, not filmmaking.
Also, the biggest mistake which superhero films have made in the past,is repeated here: That of introducing two villains. With too much bad stuff on screen and an ultimate-battle between good and bad, this movie is just too boring to digest.
The film presents its audience with bogus moral dilemmas and high-school-philosophy-level discussions on good and evil. (Oh C’mon! We’ve seen this a zillion times on screen!!)
Final Verdict :
If you’re a fan of the Spider-Man series, go ahead and watch this film for its visuals (only). And if you’re looking for an intriguing superhero flick,well, this one’s just not for you!