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He Said, She Said at the Movies: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” isn’t getting the love it deserves from critics around the world, but despite their annoying complaints, this is one truly outstanding superhero movie. You can’t tell a Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) story without giving audiences the romance and heartbreak of his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). The villains being overstuffed in this movie is a complaint that simply didn’t have any merit with me. I thought Green Goblin, Rhino (who is barely in this movie) and Electro all had substantial screen time without the movie feeling like it had too many characters to handle. The love story between Peter and Gwen is front and center here once again, and Garfield and Stone have such amazing chemistry, and despite knowing the outcome (if you are a comic book nerd that is) you still have so much hope (a key word/theme to remember) for their relationship and future together.

This is an infinitely better time at the movies than the first entry. That’s because director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) is able to do his thing, to tell his version of Spider-Man. There’s no dopey origin moments being re-hashed or borrowed. This is an original tale that breaks from the comics in a big way. I realize that presents a problem for some people. However, I’m pretty well-versed in the Marvel universe and let’s stop acting like The Avengers is a carbon copy of the original interpretations of these characters. It’s the 21st century, and certain things simply need to be updated. While switching the fates of Harry and Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) is a more substantial move than changing character costumes, it still works the other way around and despite Norman being near death in this movie, I have a feeling Webb has a lot more up his sleeve with the Osborn family and Oscorp.

Dane DeHaan does a solid job as Harry Osborn, but it’s as Spider-Man’s nemesis, The Green Goblin where he really shines. Sony Pictures has put a lot of effort into setting up a Sinister Six movie, and I’m excited to see where things are headed with these villains and who they cast to play these iconic characters. Rhino (Paul Giamatti), who I mentioned earlier, is there to bridge the gap between this entry and a third Spider-Man movie. It also leads perfectly into “Sinister Six,” a film that Marvel gave the green light in the past few weeks. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is long, but it’s worth it. The supporting cast rounds out two perfectly cast leads (Sally Field in particular gives another excellent turn as Aunt May) and there are enough Easter eggs to make any comic book fan blush. It’s time to get excited about the future of Marvel in general, not just “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and future Marvel Studios endeavors. Sony Pictures has something cool on its hands as well. FULL PRICE.

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