The Amazing Spiderman series is one of Disney's new reboots for Marvel since purchasing the company a few years ago for over 40 billion dollars. Since then, Disney has helped Marvel virtually winning the war against DC movies by nearly producing a new movie every year about some character. The biggest kick in the ass to DC was the release of The Avengers that made box office records and is what finally caused them to get started on rebooting Superman and starting on the Justice League. DC seems to finally be stepping up but it's clear that Marvel is better organized and taking care of business but that doesn't mean they can't make a bad movie.
This movie isn't a bomb but it definitely wasn't as good as the first one for several reasons. The movie takes off several months after the events of the last movie where Spiderman is considered a hero, Gwen and Peter are graduating high school and Norman Osborne has taken control of Oscorp after the "death" of his father. But with the ghost of Gwen's father always looming over the web slinger, Peter decides the best way to protect her is to break up with her. It starts this whole cliche transition of an off again and back on relationship that gets annoying during a period of time. The fun really starts however when Jamie Foxx comes in as the transparent nobody, Max Dillion.
After being saved by Spiderman, Max develops this creepy obsession with Spiderman believing the two are close friends. However after a terrible accident, Max becomes the villain Electro and when he meets Spiderman who tries to help, he ends up loosing it after feeling betrayed. The two fight in a battle that destroys most of Time Square but in the end, Electro gets captured. Another executive at Oscorp uses the accident to have Harry removed from power, forcing Harry to make a deal with Electro to get even with both the Executive and Spiderman for a reason I won't disclose because I've shared too much as is.
In the end of all the chaos going on, Harry stumbles upon the work his father was secretly doing with Peter Parker's father and is corrupted by it. This opens the side story left behind of why Peter's parents left him in the first movie and in a way opens the door to future release of Sinister Six. For those who may not know, the Sinister Six is when Six of Spiderman's foes band together and use their strengths to finally bring down the web head. If you want to know who the six are than pay attention to the beginning of the credits because at the there will be six images that pop up giving you clues.
Through all, this was an okay action movie but with the ongoing complicated relationships and the rushed story line, a lot of good stuff I felt was left out for the action. The new characters didn't really have any film time for the audience to connect to before turning evil and the movie was over before anything could really start. Andrew Garfield did a fantastic job as always with keeping to his humor during the battles and staying true to how comic fans picture seeing spiderman fight. The emotional connection the audience feels is strong too as Spiderman fans have always had with the hero especially when he suffers his losses.
I give this movie a 7 out of 10 because it is a good action movie and the actors did a good job trying to portray the characters. Jamie Foxx was awesome as Electro and who ever thought of how to portray him should be well recognized because I liked it better than the lightning bolts and green jumpsuit. The problem is because everything was rushed, the quality of the film suffered for it. When it comes to Marvel's movies this year, Captain America to me had the better movie and the next is X-Men: Days of Future's Past. We'll see how that turns out but The Amazing Spiderman 2 is good, not great but good.