Sunday, May 18, 2014

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Leading Character
Peter Parker’s alter ego, Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), has remained a mystery for everyone, yet he still continues to help the police chase criminals and he even went as far as almost missing the day of his graduation. His girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and Gwen’s father (who is already dead) are the only people who know that Peter and Spider-Man is one. Meanwhile, his long lost friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHann), showed up in the plot. He is the son of Norman Osborn, the owner of OsCorp Industries.

The Story
Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) was obsessing over Spider-Man since the latter saved him from an encounter with criminals. However, this funny guy accidentally fell from a tank where electric eels were being experimented on while working at OsCorp. His co-employees thought he was dead. However, he wasn't. He woke up feeling different with all the current in his body. He wandered into the streets, hungry for more electrical power. This made him change. Max went into a public place, causing chaos to people. Spider-Man came and saved the people from harm in the most amazing way with the use of his web slingers.

Meanwhile, Peter learned that Gwen is going to England. This, plus the fact that he felt his parents abandoned him, made him emotional. Caused by his rage, he flung some of his father’s (Richard Parker’s character played by Campbell Scotts) things and found train tokens. He searched for a certain abandoned train station. There, he found his father’s secret lab hidden underground. From a video recorder, he found out that his father does not want to be involved in Norman’s biogenetic evil plans. The secret he kept was that the main substance for their experiment cannot function without his blood.

Harry asked for Peter’s help to meet Spider-Man because Harry thinks that the hero’s blood could help cure his illness. Spider-Man showed up, but refused Harry’s request for it might complicate his condition. Disappointed, Harry negotiated with Max (who now calls himself ‘Electro’) to pursue their target–Spider-Man. Harry found a suit made by his father, further making him more evil. Electro and Harry began their destructive plans. Harry saw that Spider-Man and Gwen were together, which made him realize that Peter is Spider-Man. Because Spider-Man rejected Harry to have his blood, he took revenge by snatching Gwen from him. The battle leads to Gwen’s death. Peter grieved for months and Spider-Man was a no-show at the time of his grieving. He finally came back to putting his web slings to work with the help of a kid whom he saved from bullies. 

My Reaction
The way the movie was plotted made me understand the story much easier. The film started on how Spider-Man commits to his responsibility to save people’s lives. The heroic acts of Spider-Man were shown on the early parts of the movie. There were recurring apparitions of Gwen’s father, too. The tandem between Peter and Gwen were built excellently in the entire movie so much so that viewers will surely have their heart strings tugged by the end of the film (yes, you can cry. Lol). On the other hand, the selection and the stories behind the characters have a good outline. It seems that the latest version of Spider-Man shows the hero’s humor more than the first version. When it comes to effects, I personally like the scenes where Max appears; at some point, I regretted that not watching it on IMAX or 3D.

There were no striking quotes (at least that’s my opinion), but the moral of the story is all about giving hope to people and how people can be torn with the choices they need to make. Are the choices you make for yourself or simply to please others?

Yes, it is worth watching. It made me feel tensed, depressed, entertained, touched, surprised, inspired, entertained again, tensed again, down, and alive again. I like it more than Captain America 2. Meanwhile, I’m not sure if this one’s a spoiler, but I find it weird that the post credit scene is that of X-Men.

Written by: Janine Daquio
Edited by: Katrina Pulvera


  1. Worth watching this kind of movie, it gives more fun and erase worries for the mean time.

  2. that is the same thing i was thinking over and over again after i watched this movie! things about choices and hope. just a very nice script to watch and hear in this movie

  3. This is a free world... And sad to say , I find this film quite interesting lang.. Perhaps I am used to see Toby playing the role. but one scene strike me much, yung seen ng little boy posing as Spiderman. Ang cute.

  4. I've seen the movie as well, personally I like Sam Raimi's movie versions more. This particular Spiderman has more chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield.

  5. I love Spiderman but I will surely miss Gwen.

  6. I haven't watched it yet but I now know the whole story because of your review.

  7. I am really very easy to please when it comes to movies. I simply enjoy them and I truly enjoyed watching The Amazing Spider Man 2.

  8. Though i've had a feeling (after a few spoilers on Facebook + twitter) about the death of Gwen Stacy, I cried a river watching this in the newly opened BHS 4DX with my friends.

  9. sad of what happened to gwen :( will peter find a new love <3