[Movie Review] The Amazing Spider-Man 2

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Amazing Spider-Man 2
The special effects are amazing, but after a while, it’s overkill.

The Amazing-Spider Man 2 brings back Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Emma Stone as girl crush Gwen Stacy, but these two lovable lovebirds are just about all that’s holding this movie together. Spiraling out of control like a sloppy spiderweb, the movie lines up way too many villains, plots, subplots, and side characters in its overly long 2 hours and 22 minutes.

As the movie begins, spidey is cleaning up small-time crooks in Manhattan before making it to his high school graduation. Soon, he and Gwen are lighting up the screen with their effortless chemistry – after all, Garfield and Stone are  actually boyfriend and girlfriend in real life! Then, trouble begins brewing in the labs of mega corporation Oscorp, and that’s when the story quickly becomes entangled in too many sticky situations.

Before you know it, there’s an electricity-blasting Electro (Jamie Foxx), a high-flying Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), and a charging metal Rhino (Paul Giamatti) exploding on the screen in wild special effects splendor.

Now, as for that computer-generated imagery (CGI), it’s definitely impressive, especially with 3D glasses on. You can practically feel the sparks zip past your ear as Electro destroys Times Square and your stomach lifts  into your chest as Spider-Man swings from building to building.

Unfortunately, the coolness factor wears off when the movie starts to feel  like watching a video game, as the CGI tries its very best to cover up plotholes, bizarre twists, and too many costumed crazies to keep track of. The best parts remain the human interactions with Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, and Aunt May (played with grandmotherly goodness by Sally Field). Even DeHaan puts in a respectable performance as Norman Osborn before he goes bonkers as Green Goblin. The top-notch acting just isn’t enough, though, to make up for the disorganized mess of the story. So, our final verdict? We give this movie a “C”.

Images courtesy of The Amazing Spider-Man Facebook.