Yesterday was August 19th. Do you know what that means? It’s the DVD release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I missed this movie from it’s May 2nd release date, it’s entire run through theaters, then it’s run through the Grand Theatre (which plays popular movies after they leave theaters for cheaper prices), and then had to wait until August 19th to see it On Demand. Nothing was stopping me from seeing it. Seriously, I was determined to watch this movie.
Peter Parker is having a very good time. He’s graduating high school, loves Gwen Stacy, and has gained public adoration as Spider-Man. However, he’s haunted by the image of Captain Stacy, and the return of his childhood friend Harry Osborn brings new challenges as he takes control of Oscorp from his late father Norman Osborn. When Gwen decides to take a college offering in England, and an electrifying new villain arrives with a vendetta against Spider-Man, things get personal.
I thought this movie would be good. I had very high hopes. However, I got a bit worried when Rotten Tomatoes’ critics gave it a 53%. Rotten Tomatoes and I usually see eye to eye. But not this time. This movie was everything that I could have wanted. Action packed, deep, funny, thrilling, and just good fun. The only complaint that I might have would be the ending. After someone (who will remain unnamed due to reasons of spoilers) dies, Peter quits being Spider-Man, and becomes as recluse. Months go by, until Rhino starts terrorizing civilians. Naturally, the police are lost without Spider-Man, and there’s a nice, touching scene where Spider-Man comes back and confronts Rhino.
It ends up with Rhino charging, missiles flying, and everything exploding. You see Spider-Man flying through the air in slow motion, holding onto a manhole cover, and using that to divert the missiles. Just when the cover comes into contact with Rhino’s suit, the credits roll. While this was really cool, the movie was already over 2 hours, and I thought it would have been interesting to end the movie with Peter greiving, and use the Rhino fight to introduce The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Really, not bad at all, though. That actually turned out to be one of my favorite scenes in the movie, so really, no harm done.
Andrew Garfield is better than Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, Emma Stone is better than Kirsten Dunst, Dane Dehann is a better Harry Osborn, and this movie is, ultimately, better than the last. More action, more intrigue, with more than one scene that made me tear up, and with hilarious jokes and references punctuating the still interesting storyline that upped the ante from the previous film, I can say that this movie was well worth the wait. In the end, I was grinning ear to ear as the credits rolled, sporting schematics of gear used by the Sinister Six, hinting at their role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and in their own spin-off movie. Spider-Man has just become part of a larger universe, and I love it. 8 out of 10.
Visually striking and with awe inspiring effects, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen. The movie had the perfect blend of action, story, and humor, and I didn’t want it to end. This movie is a (pardon the pun) amazing experience, and an unmissable movie. I’ll let Spider-Man see me out.