For Today’s First Episode of “On The Go”, Templar Digital Radio Host Brian discuss the Highs and Lows of “The Amazing Spiderman 2” film with his girlfriend Elizabeth and the difference between the reboot films and its predecessor trilogy. Check it out Below.
Templar Digital Radio presents “On The Go” Reviews where we sit down right after the seeing the current movie of the week and give our quick review of the flick.
TODAY’S MOVIE: “The Amazing Spiderman 2”
“ON THE GO” REVIEW:
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But beingSpider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. (c) Columbia
The movie felt is more of a teen drama first and an action flick second, it’s all young angst and romance sandwiched between a whole lot of CGI. Once again the human elements of the story work but as we get down to the battles and villains things start getting juvenile and overly…mediocre.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy to see that TAS2 brings Spidey out of the shadows of realism and grittiness that the predecessor tried to emulate. Spidey isn’t Batman, he’s suppose to be goofy, fantastical and outrageously colorful but there’s a line between tone direction and just outright comical laziness.
I mean the titular villain (Electro played by Jamie Fox) was forgettable at best (I’m so Sorry they wasted you, Jamie) the real star of the show was Dana Dehaan’s Harry Osborn (wasted his talent too in the film). Until of course… they CGI’d him up and gave him “the works”. Once he became “evil” there was nothing left but a 2-dimensional face for Spidey to punch. It’s difficult to even discuss Paul Giamatti’s role as Aleksei Sytsevich (The Rhino), because what you see of him in the trailers is almost the entirety of his screen time in the film. This was a good move on Sony’s part given that we don’t see enough of Electro in the movie as it is, and Green Goblin wasn’t a necessity at all, but it just feels as though someone dropped the ball here. I don’t think the film suffered from too many villains that so many claim, it just suffered from making the ones that mattered not feel like authentic people.
But what of the rest of the cast? Well, they were kind of perfect. Which is good because 75% of the movie is in fact about Peter’s relationship with Gwen, friendship with Harry and some brooding Parental history. The 25% of shallow action just sticks out because of how outrageously flashy it looks.
What was good about TAS2 (other than the Electro battles), was the cinematography. The freeze frames and special effects were top-notch. It’s not farfetched to say that Sony surpassed Marvel with the visual effects in TAS2. Every bolt of electricity that shoots from Electro is a sight to behold, and even though this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a glowing blue man in a comic book film, Electro stands on his own thanks to the stellar visual effects.
The sound mix is also top-notch, as you may find yourself nodding to the music during some of the battle scenes. Each character seems to have a specialized theme, and you can’t help but smile when Electro’s theme thunders through the speakers. It’s one of the many reasons he should have had a larger role in the film.
While the cast is outstanding and the special effects are top-notch, the latest installment of the Spidey saga suffers from an unfocused narrative and an overabundance of characters.
3 templar crosses out of 5
Andrew Garfield – Spider-Man / Peter Parker
Emma Stone – Gwen Stacy
Jamie Foxx – Electro / Max Dillon
Dane DeHaan – Green Goblin / Harry Osborn
Colm Feore – Donald Menken
Felicity Jones – Felicia
Paul Giamatti – Aleksei Sytsevich
Sally Field – Aunt May
Embeth Davidtz – Mary Parker
Campbell Scott – Richard Parker
Directed by Marc Webb
Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach
Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner
Story by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt
Music by Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six
Cinematography by Daniel Mindel
Editing by Pietro Scalia, Elliot Graham
Studio – Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment
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