Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Spidey is back at it, in another edition of the Andrew Garfield Peter Parkers, two years after the first did incredibly well. It worked because it was the old comic books with new, extremely talented young actors, and they made the story fresh, while the writers kept it grounded. It may have been a little cheesy at times, this one is too, but it’s a cheese we can swallow, and will even enjoy. I know the Marvel hits are great, I love Tom Holland in the role, but something about this pair of Spider-Flicks work very well for me personally, and now I think they are my definite favorites.
Peter is giving Gwen up, because he doesn’t want her to be in danger when he has to be Spider-Man …or is he? They can’t seem to quite let each other go, but maybe they need each other, and Spidey could definitely use a pal to help him take down the bad guys, because they keep coming. At Oscorp, an unloved man finally feels seen when he becomes electrified, the new owner of the company wants spider venom to make him powerful, a crazy tattooed criminal wants to be unstoppable; three villains, coming your way, with a side of intrigue, as Peter also tries to figure out why his parents left him & what they were up to.
If the first Amazing had a great cast, Amazing 2 left it in the dust. Garfield, Stone, Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Marton Csokas, BJ Novak, Aidy Bryant; wild times. And, what’s more, all the star power didn’t detract from the story, which was cool, and didn’t overload the acting sensors; the characters were still spot on. Well, maybe not DeHaan, who I love, but he was a little odd. Other than that, the action was intense, the plot moved, the movie was very connected to the first, and left the door open for a third. We could see more of Garfield in the future, and I, for one, would love that.
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆