Sound Off: Marc Webb's 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
May 2, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Look out, here comes the Spider-Man!" He's back - your friendly neighborhood Spidey in his bug-eye mask, red & blue suit, swinging through the streets of New York. In theaters everywhere all over the world is Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed again by Marc Webb (of 500 Days of Summer), starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore and plenty others. Yes, we get some new villains like Electro and Rhino, but it's all about Peter & Gwen in this sequel. So how is it? Better than the first or much worse? Once you've seen it, post a comment below with your thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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To spin some webs, I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I would say it's much better than the first one - The Amazing Spider-Man (1). First things first, Marc Webb finally gets to flex his muscles a bit more and show off some of his style with a great soundtrack and music-themed scenes, and that's what works the best - Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy continuing their relationship from the first movie. The villains, unfortunately, are indeed the weakest link here, and Electro is a big "what the?" the whole time, while we wait for Green Goblin to show up, who looks like he was rubbed in green goo not so much ready to kick ass. As expected, it feels like a big setup for Sinister Six next and not much else.
That said, despite some of these issues I honestly was thoroughly entertained the entire time. Webb keeps the movie on pace, it only drags a few times but picks up again quickly with Parker's storyline. Speaking of Peter Parker, Garfield has nailed the character, truly embodying the funny, cocky kid from the comic books. I think he's an extremely important component of the entire experience and is part of what makes me enjoy this new iteration of Spidey. I only wish the rest of it was up to par and it wasn't so much of a setup for things to come. But other than that, just like with Raimi's movies, the second one is a step up from the first and much better experience, I only wish they worked on the villains for this one a bit more. But that's me.
What did you think of Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man 2? A terrible mess or stellar sequel?
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