Spiderman (Andrew Garfield) drops in on some unsuspecting New Yorkers.

Spiderman (Andrew Garfield) drops in on some unsuspecting New Yorkers.

Reel Reviews: Spidey spins again

The Amazing Spiderman 2 is more fun than the first film in the series.

  • May. 9, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is graduating high school and has grown comfortable in his role as the smart aleck webslinger Spiderman.

When he’s not fighting crime, he’s either trying to solve the mystery of his estranged parents or manage his on-again, off-again romance with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

With the emergence of three new bad guys in the city, Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), Spidey has his web full. However, it’s Parker’s personal problems that get the most attention in the cleverly titled The Amazing Spiderman 2.

We say, “It’s more fun than the first film.”

TAYLOR: Our major complaint with the first film in the rebooted series was that we wondered why the film was made in the first place. After all, we already had three pretty good Spiderman movies with the first set. We both thought The Amazing Spiderman was slightly less than amazing, but all in all a pretty good summer comic book flick. This second installment is a very similar film. In terms of the look of Spidey, he still seems very CGI. His suit is too shiny and the lighting effects on him were often poorly done.

Spidey often looks quite like a character in a video game, sometimes the bad guys do too. This interferes with my ability to enjoy the movie because I’m busy thinking “that looks fake.”

HOWE: Yes it looked a little fake, but so what, it’s a comic book. I enjoyed this about as much as the first one. It does have its flaws, mostly to do with the time line of events, but that’s not such a clincher that makes it a bad movie. The thing that annoyed me most is that it dragged out the sappy moments that are dotted throughout. They didn’t really need to be there, making this half an hour longer than it should really be.  Again, like the first installment, the 3D is pretty good, flying along with Spidey on his web. The only thing that is missing is the wind blowing on your face.

TAYLOR: One thing that made me happy with this film was the way the writers dealt with what  I considered the greatest detriment to every single Spiderman movie ever made, namely the problems Spidey has balancing his superhero life with his personal life. (This is what Pete refers to as “the sappy moments.”) In the original movie series, the constant push and pull between Parker and his (then) love interest Mary Jane became tiresome to the point of ruining the films, at least for me.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 solves his romantic dilemma with Gwen Stacy in an interesting way, which also correlates with the original comic books. Kudos to the writers for (hopefully) putting an end to this problem. However, I suspect that in the next incarnation, we will be meeting his next love interest in The Amazing Spiderman 3: The Curse of Mary Jane.

–Howe gives The Amazing Spiderman 2 3.5 deadly venom shots out of 5.

– Taylor gives it 3.5 unrecognizable Paul Giamatti’s out of 5.

Brian Taylor and Peter Howe are film reviewers based in Vernon, B.C. Their column, Reel Reel Reviews, runs in The Morning Star Friday and Sunday.