Thinking about seeing The Amazing Spiderman 2 this weekend? I saw it last week. I give you the low down to see if it’s worth your time. You will receive a Spoiler Alert.
As a mild Marvel fan, I was still quite excited to see The Amazing Spiderman 2.
The sequel to the 2012 summer blockbuster continues the story right after the first. Spiderman has gained quite an amount of fame after saving the city from the antics of Dr. Kurt Conner, also known as The Lizard, while also juggling his life as normal day Peter Parker, who is in a committed relationship with the way-out-of –his-league Gwen Stacey. Peter is haunted by the advice given to him from Gwen’s deceased father, Police Captain Stacey, who, while dying amidst the battle with The Lizard, gave his final words to Peter stating to keep Gwen out of his vigilante superhero activities (yes, Peter revealed his identity to him, but who cares? He was about to die).
Introduced in this story line are pinnacle characters Harry Osborne (also known as the Green Goblin (that’s not a spoiler if you watched the trailer, which I will get to later), Aleksei Sytsevich (also known as the Rhino), and finally our “main villain” Max Dillon (also known as Electro). Interesting characters to introduce as they are a part of an elite supervillain group; for those comic book fans you know what group I am referring to.
Also further explained in the movie, after being introduced in the final scene of the first movie, is an interesting story arc of Peter’s father’s involvement with Oscorp and the ultimate reason why Peter was left with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben.
With these villains on the loose, Peter must somehow stop them while also maintaining a relationship with Gwen Stacy who, like most comic book girlfriends, is worried about his life both more concerned with their relationship, forever stigmatizing women as selfish human beings (obviously not true in reality but hey this is fantasy isn’t it?).
So how does Spiderman do it? Well I will tell you the “fun” details.
Alright let’s start off with one thing that bothered me. The musical choice for this movie was for the most part terrible. Moments of upbeat, happy music was chosen while Peter tries to solve the mystery of his father through a series of papers found in his briefcase and using red string like some kind of amateur detective. I usually don’t pick on music scores, and usually don’t care or notice, but this was very apparent and at moments very distracting.
The movie of course starts off with a flashback of Peter’s dad performing some experiments frantically, intriguing yet confusing the viewer. Then he eventually is on a plane along with his wife, after leaving Peter with his Aunt obviously, where they are fleeing the country for reasons yet to be known. He frantically downloads some kind of computer information, titled Roosevelt, to some other location when suddenly an assassin from Oscorp walks out of the cockpit after killing the pilot. How does father Parker know he’s an assassin, BECAUSE HE WAS WASHING HIS HAND THOUGH THERE WAS NO BLOOD ON THEM. So now we know Peter’s father was also Watson in a former life. They fight, the assassin shoots one window causing the rest to explode open like some odd chain reaction. But good news! The files upload to god knows where, so his parents insinuated plane crash death wasn’t for nothing…right?
Anyways we cut back to Peter kicking Sytsevich’s butt in an unnecessarily exaggerated way while Sytsevich rambles on in the most inaudible and terrible Russian accent I have ever heard. He also saves Max Dillon from getting smashed by a truck and calling him his “eyes and ears”.
So that’s one, he’s captured and we cut to Harry Osborne standing next to his father Norman who is on his deathbed. They ramble some underhanded insults back and forth, because apparently all wealthy families are just bitter with each other, when Norman drops the bomb to Harry that what he’s dying from is heredity and Harry will die soon!
So now Harry is desperate to find a cure to his unknown ailment and eventually figures out that the radioactive spiders that Oscorp was creating had the ability to heal themselves. Cool? Then putting imaginary two and two together he figures out that Spiderman is a product of one of those spiders….ok? So he calls his buddy Peter (their friends apparently though this was never explained or hinted to) and tells Peter to set up a meeting with him and Spiderman for Spiderman’s blood because Peter took a picture of him one so the assumption they are best friends makes sense….right? Peter says no and even shows up to Harry as Spiderman to say no again. Harry goes into a completely irrational rage and now hates Spiderman, but then accidently runs across the Green Goblin suite that has an ability to heal the occupant, but he’s still pissed off.
Now while this is all is happening, Mr. Max Dillon, a nerdy nobody who is taken advantage of left and right, even by Alistair Smyth (wait what?) and through an accident reconnecting two large electrical wires, which I should mention the security guard refused to turn off which is a huge policy violation, falls into a vat of electric eels and is transformed into an electricity run human being eventually calling himself Electro randomly. So why does he have a hatred for Spiderman? Well if you watched the trailers you already know that good ole Spidey, in his old age, forgot Max’s name after he transformed. Which made Max sad because he was a big Spiderman fan; Max even had his own Edward Nigma-esque closet full of Spiderman clippings.
So Max hates Spiderman because he forgot his name and Harry hates him because he won’t give him his blood. These reasons would be good if they were developed over time or maybe through multiple occurrences where Spiderman had a run in with these two, but they weren’t. They developed such a strong hated for Spiderman in a matter of seconds. DUMB!
By this time Harry gets fired from running Oscorp because businessmen are businessmen basically, so in order to get back at Spiderman he has to break into Oscorp first. So Harry waltzes in while his bodyguard Electro transports all over the building killing bodyguards and security (oh did I mention he knows how to transport? Yea he does randomly though that a pretty significant game changing ability that suddenly made Electro a threat).
At this point the CEO of Oscorp bows down and they head on down to where all of Oscorps hidden toys are, including the Green Goblin flight suit. The CEO escapes because Harry’s disease acts up and he begins to transform into some being (for those comic fans, this is the version of the Goblin when he is actually a goblin) and in a desperate act of survival he jumps into the flight suite and heals himself and now is the Green Goblin.
So what’s going on with Spiderman during this? Some major plot twist!
Peter find out his father had a secret lab in an abandoned subway tunnel….wait for it… USED BY ROOSEVELT. GENIUS! AND HIS DAD RECORDED A VIDEO! Just in case someone found his briefcase went through it, found the subway tokens, googled Roosevelt for hours and found out that Roosevelt had a secret subway tunnel, then went down there, found the secret coin slot and active the secret subway car lab you created and went straight to the computer instead of looking at all the cool stuff around….I mean it only makes sense. What does the video say? Basically this:
“Sup Peter. Pretty sure you are the only person who will ever find this. I had to take a little vacation because Oscorp is full of jerks and will blame me for some stuff. But I got back at them. You know those radioactive spiders I can only assume eventually worked after so many failed experiments? Yea my DNA is in them, sooooo if someone wants replicate the experiment, they’ll be coming after you! HAHAHA sorry to basically put a hit out on you Bro”
Father of the Year right there.
To makes matters worse, Gwen went all crazy and broke up with Peter. Why? Because she’s going to college in England. Then in some odd twist of reality, Peter writes I Love You in webbing on the George Washington Bridge which made Gwen instantly stop caring about breaking up with Peter and agrees to let him follow her to England. Kind of a weird idea “Hey Peter and Gwen AND Spiderman are suddenly gone…I wonder”
At this point we think, this may be the end of the series when suddenly a large explosion happens at a conveniently nearby power grid which ignites the battle of Spiderman vs The Vastly Superior Yet Stupid Electro. I won’t ruin the battle because you see this coming a mile away from the beginning of the movie along with the fact that suddenly Gwen has some guts to impose on Peter’s crime fighting.
With Electro gone, here comes Green Goblin who look at Spiderman…then Gwen…then Spiderman….then Gwen…and figures out Spiderman is Peter right there…..because that makes sense.
Anyways they fight in a battle that basically can be viewed in the trailer and the Goblin picks up Gwen and drops her. Good ole Spidey uses this pinpoint accuracy with his webbing and eventually grabs stops her from hitting the ground…..and breathing…yes comic fans they stayed true to the story, Gwen is dead.
Peter takes it pretty rough and stops being Spiderman for some time (at least a year), but obviously comes back otherwise this would be a waste of time.
At this point in the movie it’s getting to the end and I’m asking myself whatever happened to Rhino?
Well don’t worry folks because it seems like the director completely forgot about him too so he decided to throw him right at the end of the movie. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, the trailer scene where Spiderman is fighting Rhino, is literally the last scene of the movie.
So there’s the breakdown of the movie but this is a “Marval” movie so you know they have to make a million and one hints to other characters that they may or may not pursue.
So here are some Easter Eggs that you can catch in the movie (In no particular order):
Kraven the Hunter
The Sinister Six (DUH)
Overall the movie was fun and interesting but with so many flaws and poor writing, it does not live up to its predecessor. This movie would be worth seeing in a discounted movie theater. Don’t pay for 3D because there is nothing done for 3D in this movie.