The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment – 2014
Directed by Marc Webb
Screenplay Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner
Story by Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci, Jeff Pinkner, James Vanderbilt
Though I admire the technical specs of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it just came away flat to me. To be honest, in no way has the reboot of the series been an improvement over Sam Raimi’s superior films. I have to ask myself why fix something that wasn’t broke?
There’s something about this cast that seems forced to me. I seems as though the film gathered at the time “it” actors and just rings of hollowness. I hate sounding so negative or harsh but this film, along with the first film, The Amazing Spiderman, just doesn’t contain the same chemistry that sparked the depth Raimi captured with his cast; Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris and J.K. Simmons.
This film tries to go back to uncover what Peter Parker’s father was doing when he died. This is done with Peter finding a video message from his dad and I just didn’t’ buy it. The reveal scene is in no way grounded so it comes across as over the top and not believable.
There’s a bunch of plot lines that convolute the story and bog down the movie. There’s innocence missing and the story pacing is off, which probably comes with too many writers driving the story. Things also seem rushed and choppy. I also didn’t think that the villain Electro matched up with Dr. Octopus or the original Green Goblin, which was disappointing.
Another problem is that the film relies too much on computer animated visual FX. As my wife was watching it with me, she groaned that we were watching an animated film. The big problem with computer animation is that things move too fast, things are too large to be believably real, which always hurts any movie. I also think that since there is no human connection with CGI that there’s a detachment between us being human, which turns most people off as well. This is a very real issue with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
There’s no doubt that all the technical sheen of this movie is impressive. My late friend Bryon Weiss actually worked on this film and the previous one as well. When I visited with him while he was shooting in New York City, he told me that this was the first movie in the history of Hollywood, where people could watch the footage being shot LIVE in 3D. He explained that when you went into the video village (to view what was being shot) that you’d put on 3D glasses and see everything photographed in 3-Dimension.
This DVD comes with an UltraViolet copy and the supplements that include: four Deleted/Extended Scenes, Audio Commentary and the Alicia Keys Music Video.