The Amazing Spiderman 2

Movie:  The Amazing Spiderman 2

Rating:  3 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:  The Amazing Spiderman 2 starts out with an amazing eye-popping opening sequence where Peter Parker, aka Spiderman (Andrew Garfield), helps out the police in stopping a dangerous criminal from speeding away with a truckload of plutonium.  Not only does Spidey leave the perpetrator tied up in a bow, er… web, for the authorities, he also left the bottles (really, this stuff was stored in bottles?) secured for the cops as well.  All in a day’s work, and still swings to his college graduation just in time to receive his diploma and kiss his girl, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

But even super heroes have a personal life, and Peter has a spat that results in a break-up with his girlfriend.  She goes on to get a job in a high tech corporation, and Peter reunites with a best pal from his youth, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who’s father just passed away.  Harry is now the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Oscorp, which by coincidence Peter’s father used to work for as a researcher.  Which by another coincidence Gwen now works for….

In between swinging around town doing good deeds as Spiderman, Peter finds tantalizing clues about the mysterious disappearance of his parents.  He even gets Aunt Polly (Sally Field) to come clean with what she knows.

Max (Jamie Foxx), a bright but unsung employee (yes, at Oscorp) has a nasty work site accident, and spends a good part of the movie trashing the city.  Good thing Spiderman is around to clean up the mess.

This is a fun movie for action lovers.  The 3-D special effects are definitely worth the extra bucks at the ticket booth.  Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have real screen chemistry as their romance is on and off again throughout the movie.  Are the scenes where the bad guys wreck the city and extend the mayhem too long to where it gets repetitive and even boring?  Yes, that seems to be a trend with almost all of the comic book to film genre.  But overall, a film worth seeing.

Huh?  What the ….:  Okay, one minute Electro is in a vat of wet stuff with nasty things happening to him, naked, and he pops out in some kind of streamlined suit.  How did that clothing transformation take place?  And why is he able to hover in the air when he is shooting electric bolts at people?

Early in the film an evil dude is wearing a parachute and about to exit the plane, but gets involved in a struggle with another character.  From one second to the next, the parachute disappears from his back!

All power in the city gets turned off!  The air traffic controllers are sitting in the dark, helpless, but somehow they know two commercial airlines are on a collision course.  Hello, you don’t have power!  How would you know this?

Spiderman takes on a villain  in some sort of mechanical armor with bad ass machine guns in each arm.   Crowds of people stand around watching like spectators at a WWF wresting match.  People, why aren’t you running for cover?  Those are bullets spraying all over the place!

There is something bogus about that funeral at the end of the film.  Trust me, my Spidey sense is tingling….

Dialogue Nuggets:  “I had a friend once.  It didn’t work out”.

Peter to Gwen:  “You are on my path.  You will always be on my path.”

Stuff After Credits:  Yes, there is a short scene.  What the heck is that X-Men character doing in a future Spiderman flick?



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