Monday, May 5, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 strikes an emotional chord with its two leads Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Their late teen young love relationship is believable and feels like it runs deep. Parker, concerned for Stacy's safety and haunted by the promise he made to Captain Stacy, her father, at the time of his death continues to try to distance himself from her in order to keep her from harm's way. And he's a bit miserable for it. Stacy too is unhappy about this and her strong independence slaps Parker's pushing away across his face; she loves him and will not be denied and the two cannot stay away from each other for long. Emma Stone is a bright light in this surprisingly dark tale (though punctuated with timely Spidey action and more classic Spidey verbal snarkiness), conveying warmth and fidelity and longing and determination through her incredibly expressive face and vulnerable eyes. Andrew Garfield is tasked with being funny, coy, and conflicted and thus has the more difficult acting role here; he does a pretty good job with it.

While Parker and Stacy's on-again off-again relationship is at the heart of this film and comprises a huge portion of this tale of love and loss there is also the backstory of Peter's parents, his relationship with aunt May, and a boyhood relationship with Harry Osborn that also spin our heads with additional stories of love and loss. There's possibly a bit too much thrown in with all of this adding with it not just the film's central "villain" Electro (I enclose "villain" in quotes because here we have Jamie Foxx playing a social outcast who also seems mentally ill--or is he a social outcast because he's mentally ill? the film doesn't ask or attempt to answer this question--as a person who develops a megalomaniacal complex not in line with any classic villain who is "bad" because they don't care about the suffering of others) but also brings in the Rhino too little and too late and gives a short and unsatisfying span of time to (yet again) the Green Goblin.

The performances with these characters are fine, engaging even, and though this SM iteration doesn't throw them all into the stew at the same time as Spider-man 3 had it still ends up feeling like a case of overload (I couldn't resist an electrical pun) or crowding out the film unnecessarily. Mind you this film handles it much better than SM3 plied it. There are also several pieces set in place for future films and for the rumored spin-off movie "Sinister Six" but these are likely only to be spied by the eyes of comic book fandom and not by the casual eyes of the general moviegoer.

My last comment is a caution to the adults with particularly young children who will want to be seeing this film (the trailers for it are simply great): this is a much less family-friendly Spider-Man movie with far darker elements, including the surprisingly violent opening of the movie that would be especially difficult for a child to place in context of the larger film. Parents may want to heed the PG-13 rating in this case (not much language and no sex though) and view it themselves before showing it to the under 10 set.

 Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore
  • Directors: Marc Webb
  • Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, James Vanderbilt
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: Sony

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