The Amazing Spider-Man 2, English Hollywood Film movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: *  *  *




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The Amazing Spider-man 2(English/3D/Imax/dubbed in regional languages) Rating: *  *  *  Too wishy-washy a storyline that’s hung-up on romance. It’s Not quite the fulfilling experience one was waiting for, but nevertheless has sporadic bursts of frenetic energy, stunts and kinesis.
 
English Film Review
Johnson Thomas
Film: The Amazing Spiderman (2)
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper
Director: Marc Webb
Rating: *  *  *


Synopsis:The web-slingin' wall-crawler hits the screens once again in this follow-up to Marc Webb's 2012 reboot of the series. Andrew Garfield once again returns as Peter Parker, who squares off against the villainous Electro, played by Jamie Fox.
 
Runtime: 142 minutes
Here Peter Parker graduates from high school and is seen enjoying his life fighting crime as Spider-Man. Not all is well, on the romance front and the mystery of his parents’ fate still hangs in the air. His relationship with Gwen Stacey sees ups and downs as he is unable to make up his mind whether he should stick with his promise to her father or continue serenading her as before. Most of the narrative takes up the issue of his romance or lack of It thereof, his blowing hot and cold and as a result making us squirm in our seats. The rest of it focuses on the villain , Electro(Jamie Foxx) who once was Spider-Man’s stalker and goes for vengeance because of his having felt ignored. Confounding reason for all that destruction but what else can you expect from comic-book villain types? To add to things, Peter’s old friend Harry Osborne is back in town and dying of a mysterious illness , apt reason for him getting a new persona with an accidental/deliberate dose of spidey venom and consequently becoming Spider-Man’s arch enemy for this edition.  
 
Jam packed with all sorts of subplots and characters, the narrative balloons in and out of the stratosphere much like Spiderman’s antics in highrise New York. The plot just jumps from one story strand to another-there’s no smooth transition. The eventual climactic showdown with Electro feels insultingly contrived in its set-up as it is laughably inane in its execution.
 
By appearance, this feels like a studio mandated sequel meant to keep the Spiderman brand fresh in the minds of his lovers. The ingredients are all there- action, emotion, CGI and FX but the jumpy nature of the presentation doesn’t give you a good feeling. 3D Imax does nothing to elevate the experience either. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, screenwriters, do a hatchet job and it shows up on screen. It’s all so tedious and boring that it could well put you to sleep. But for the playful romantic chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, Spiderman’s astonishing swinging forays to fight crime and traditional zips, this film could well have been a big disaster. The climactic fights that litter the third act look unfinished and under-rendered. So it’s up to the sporadic moments of recognizable human contact and emotion to help this web-slinger to truly take flight.



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