Director: Marc Webb Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner Studios: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Campbell Scott, Emberth Davidt, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field Release Date (UK): April 16, 2014 Certificate: 12A Runtime: 142 min
Without doubt, the absolute best thing about Sony’s 2012 “Spider-Man” reboot was the pitch-perfect casting of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. As Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, the costumed webhead and his brainbox lover, Garfield and Stone are an endlessly watchable delight, bursting with personality, flaunting a warm passion and sharing a buzzing chemistry which for electrical surges rivals Electro himself. So it was with a great deal of joy that I discovered while watching “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” that despite the marketing’s overwhelming showcases of special effects action and comic book villainy, director Marc Webb had decided to make Peter and Gwen’s relationship the focus of the film — a relief, considering my worries that the story was to be a cluttered, unfocused mess.
As you may recall, at the end of the first “Amazing Spider-Man,” Peter broke a promise: he swore to the late Captain Stacy that he would leave Stacy’s daughter alone and thus keep her safe from Spider-Man’s enemies. Now Peter’s having to deal with the consequences of breaking that promise: haunted by guilt, he’s seeing Stacy everywhere, and it’s put a strain on his and Gwen’s relationship. This is what drives the drama of the film: Peter loves Gwen and wants to be with her, and she too wants to be with him, but at the same time he wishes to keep her from harm. Peter and Gwen’s relationship is the core – or the heart, if you will – of the story around which everything else revolves, and it’s what keeps the film from being that cluttered, unfocused mess I worried it would be. (CONTINUE READING…)
(8 outta 10)
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