Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Online. Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Online. 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 being Spider-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 realise that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. As a comic book visual spectacle, this sequel excels with its amazing digital effects, sense of free-fall and flippant humour. Like the original 2012 film, director Marc Webb exhibits a great sense of freedom, allowing us to feel as though we are flying with Spider-Man as he leaps, flies and swings between New York’s skyscrapers, as he brings hope to the flawed world. But so intent are the filmmakers to dazzle with the extraordinary stunts and visuals that (beyond its excessive length) the film fails on one major score - the emotional.
Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Online. Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Online. It’s not for lack of trying on the part of Andrew Garfield as the tormented Peter Parker, desperate to discover the truth about his parents, or by the luminous Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Peter’s true love. The film’s dynamic lies with the big, bigger and biggest special effects, leaving the emotional arc wanting. The film comes into its own in the second half (the first half drags), and I question the screenwriters’ decision to begin the film with a flashback involving Peter’s parents. The fact that the screenplay is credited to three writers as well as an additional credit for the storyline may give a clue as to the complexity of the film’s structure. The basic plot involving genetic research, self-healing, biological weapons and energy supply is complicated - just like Peter and Gwen’s on-off relationship.
We are given not one but two villains and both Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan deliver, albeit in very different ways. When we first meet Foxx as Max Dillon, the insecure self-apologetic designer of OsCorp Industries, he is rather pathetic. As the monstrous Electro, an oversized creature that looks a little like pale blue jello with prominent veins, spewing electric currents and sucking up New York’s power supply, he is a wonderful comic book creation. DeHaan, with his striking features, offers a tragic creepiness and the scene when DeHaan (as Harry Osborn) tells Electro (strapped up to a giant metal contraption in the insane asylum) that he needs him, is the closest we get to an emotional connection. There is little chemistry between Garfield and Stone, despite many endearing situations.
Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Online. Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Online. There is plenty of action - cars flipping, trucks crashing, buildings collapsing, glass shattering and electricity zigzagging in every direction. All in 3D, of course. The editing is fast and much of the action is in your face. It seems churlish to say it gets boring after a while, but I would have to say that despite the technical gee-whizzery, things become repetitive. Had the film’s long first half been severely chopped, the dynamic might have worked to better advantage. The young male target audience won’t mind, but you know what they say about too much of a good thing. The charm of a regular guy doing good deeds and all kinds of heroic stuff, identity hidden under a superhero outfit, hasn’t survived. Spider-Man combines all the prowess of Batman and Superman as well as Spidey so he can leap tall buildings, fly like a plane and stop taxis hurtling through the air with his bare hands … well, gloved hands. The fact that he’s indestructible works against the normal dramatic tension of the hero’s journey.
Whether consciously or not, the screenplay compensates for this by putting the hero at risk of something else: a broken heart. This is where the film’s own heart beats, too, using the romance not just as respite from the breathtaking action, but as the essence of what we are emoting, since we know instinctively that Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) will always outwit and out fight his opponents. He must; this is Marvel territory. But will he get the girl? Director Marc Webb also handled the previous, the first Amazing, and here he allows pantomime to take over, with everything overdone, overstated, bloated and ridiculous. Emma Stone remains a credible anchor for our emotions, playing Gwen as the loving and sincere girlfriend who is determined to make her own choices, as a modern woman does.
Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Online. Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Online. Andrew Garfield is effective as the troubled, torn, conflicted and ultimately gentle superhero, able to swing from action figure to tender white knight at will. Sally Field is wonderfully moving as his Aunt May and the talented Dane DeHann is heartbreaking as his old friend - until he is urged to join the hams in the final act. As for Jamie Foxx as the electrified baddie, Electro, he lets the special effects make up do the acting, in what is a violent and overstated metaphor for all the marginalised and ignored misfits in society who end up as psychopaths. Two years on from the first pointless reboot of the Spider-Man story — a mere five years after the previous version had wrapped up — the pointless sequel has arrived. Except now we’ve had two more years of cogent, witty Avengers flicks, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers badly by comparison. This looks like a throwback to a time when comic book movies were kiddie stuff and nothing else. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s, and not the smart, relevant science-fiction action drama the genre has matured into on the big screen. Sorry, Spidey: you’re just not that amazing anymore.
There’s nothing wrong with a movie that’s only for the little ones, and this one is fine for them. As long as they can tolerate the nearly two-and-half-hour runtime, that is. Returning director Marc Webb and his too-many-screenwriters — Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the hit-and-miss team behind Star Trek Into Darkness and Cowboys & Aliens, among many others), and Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt (who wrote the first film) — clearly would like for this to be taken as serious drama, at least in part, so around the cartoonish action they crammed in some angst for Peter Parker over the mystery of his parents’ fate. This gives us one truly moving scene between Peter (Andrew Garfield: The Social Network, Never Let Me Go) and Aunt May (Sally Field: Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde, Forrest Gump) that pains both of them over their strong but still tenuous relationship: she doesn’t want to hurt him by sharing the truth as she knows it, or lose the boy she has come to think of as her own son, and he has to reassure her that this has nothing to do with him wanting to run from her. It nearly brought me to tears: Field is of course a cinematic goddess with a deeply sympathetic screen presence, and Garfield is the sort of actor who doesn’t sublimate emotion; it’s all out there on his face all the time.
Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Online. Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Online. It’s easy enough to pretend that the 30something Garfield isn’t too old to be playing the teenaged Peter, or that that scene, and a few others, don’t demonstrate more emotional maturity than we should expect from a 17-year-old boy. What isn’t easy to ignore is how at odds the few dramatic moments are with everything around them: it’s like they’ve been imported from another film. That Peter does not feel like the same one who engages in vaudevillian antics with caricatures of bad guys. (And he barely is the same guy: instead he’s a CGI construct who does not move in realistic ways, even for a mutant, with Garfield’s voice spouting some clownish jests from somewhere in the vicinity.) They’re the kind of cartoon villains who will pause in their evildoing for a warm moment between Spidey and a little kid from the crowd of onlookers… and Spider-Man’s coup de grace after defeating a bad guy will be to pull down the criminal’s trousers to reveal a pair of “funny” boxer shorts. Groucho Marx might approve, but who else?
And clearly there was no concern on anyone’s part to ensure that Peter’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone [The Croods, Gangster Squad], shamefully misused), is anything more than a caricature, either. Her only job seems to be standing around in her gorgeous wardrobe looking “amazing” and being “adorable” for Peter’s pleasure — and for that of the presumed straight male audience, of course — to the point where she dresses completely inappropriately for an interview for a coveted scholarship spot at Oxford University. (Hint: A flirty schoolgirl look is not the sort of thing you want to impress them with, Gwen.) Even after some extreme buffeting during the film’s climactic battle — in which she is naturally put in jeopardy in order to torment Peter — she doesn’t even have a run in her very expensive stockings. The only other things she gets to do is suddenly have secret, apparently impossible-to-come-by knowledge just when it might benefit Peter, and can move the plot along. Hint to Hollywood: Using The Girlfriend as a pawn of the plot is not what we mean by “strong female character.”
Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Online. Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Online. Look: this is the sort of movie in which a mad scientist (Marton Csokas: Noah, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is wearing actual lipstick and eyeliner; perhaps he’s channeling Dr. Frank-N-Furter. It’s the sort of movie in which the employees of world-class scientific operation Oscorp have to be so insanely undedicated to their work that they knowingly endanger the actual physical structure of their Manhattan skyscraper… because that’s funny, and because it’s needed to set up the Rube Goldberg situation that will create a new supervillain. This is the sort of movie in which both supervillains — nerdy engineer and Spider-Man fan Max Dillion, who becomes the electrifying Electro (Jamie Foxx: Rio 2, White House Down), and Peter’s friend Harry Osborn, who becomes the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan: The Place Beyond the Pines, Lawless) — turn on a dime from loving Peter and/or Spidey to hating him.
The bad guys are just bad, okay? The hero can crack wise in life-and-death situations not out of bitterness or cynicism or anger (like, say, Tony Stark does) but simply because he’s the good guy and neither he nor the story itself has any doubts whatsoever that he will prevail. Simplistic tales of good and evil may satisfy little kids, but those of us who’ve come to expect more of our mutants and caped crusaders demand more.