Cam's Eye Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (2014)
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 realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.REVIEW:
First off, when I normally review a film it's based on three things: entertainment value, how the story narrative flows, and how visual it looks overall. After viewing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with this in mind, I'm left much like a Chinese meal I consume: after an hour I wanted more. And with this particular offering, I expected more. Not to say it has its pluses, but it has its minuses. Overall, my personal overall opinion is mixed at best.
All of these things coalesce into a question of why Gwen breaks up with Peter in a mock version of Chinatown. With so many people he cares for keeping safe, it boggles my mind that isolation would be the answer to it all. I was quite perturbed at this development and that meal I consumed so far needed more meat to it. But maybe that's just me.
The only sharp writing that keeps it together is between Peter and Gwen. This is about two people who can't figure out their commitment to each other. Scenes where they fight aren't immediately followed by scenes where they make up or apologize. Their behavior evolves into an exploration of a fast-forming relationship.
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