May. 10th, 2014

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Yeah, I watched it again. What can I say? I guess I'm a fan.



The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) - Rewatch

On a second watch it seems that I prefer the second half to the first half. In the first half we begin with a cartoonish confrontation. I mean, it's fun, but it's also rather sillier than the rest of the film. (Cannisters of plutonium? Really?) We then have some rather goofy set-up for Electro and the inevitable mopey "I cannot be with you Gwen" stuff. *sighs*

But the second half has so much more emotional weight. And I'd forgotten how uplifting the final moments of the movie really were. (Adorable child alert...) And I like how the strengths of these recent Spider-Man movies lies in character interaction rather than in action sequences, in stark contrast to any other superhero franchises.

I haven't changed my mind about the score. I don't think this is one of the best films of the year and I while I think "The Winter Soldier" has problems too (not least that the actual Winter Soldier could have been taken out of that movie and it would still have worked just fine), I think that is the better superhero movie so far this year. But I also feel confident that I'm not overrating this movie either. It's good fun and sets up some elements of Spider-Man in a way that feels true to my experience of the comics.

The writing is probably the biggest issue with this sequel and it should be noted that the writers were Kurtzmand and Orci who were also responsible for Bay's "Transformers" and Abrams' "Star Trek: Into Darkness". But that actually makes me inclined to give Marc Webb all the more credit for working around the script to give us something as good as this. "Amazing Spider-Man 2" has a great deal more genuine emotional weight in the second half than I would expect from a Kurtzman and Orci script.

Favourite part: Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey working on 'ground rules' for their relationship. - No seriously, it was brilliant!



Least favourite part: As-you-know-Joe dialogue between Harry Osborne and his father Norman Osborne, informing us of their chequered relationship as Harry grew up.



Side-note:
Saying "the not-so-amazing Spider-Man" in reviews is not clever. Please stop doing it.

Grade Change?: No.
Grade: B+

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