A First-timers Look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The CGI of Amazing Spider-Man 2
The CGI of Amazing Spider-Man 2

I have the unique perspective of going into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fairly blind. The only actor that I knew was in it was Andrew Garfield. In general, I’m a Marvel girl, except for the Spider-Man franchise. I am just about as arachnophobic as it gets, so a story about a boy getting bitten by a radioactive spider is not a fun comic movie for me. It’s a horror film! Pushing that aside, I agreed to watch this one under the pretense of “He’s already Spider-man so there probably won’t be any spiders.” I have two criteria that make a good movie: 1. No spiders and 2. No subtitles. This summer blockbuster met one of those.

All jokes aside, let’s dive into this, shall we?

As I said, I went into this blindly. I had not seen the first Amazing Spider-Man, and did not know anything about the rebooted version of the franchise. As a reference point, I have seen Spider-Man 1 and 2 (the Toby Maguire versions). I had been told this rendition was something different and for the most part, it is something different. I have never read the comics but have, since viewing the movie, spoken with some who have. The film opens with some back story, which for me was helpful. But when I first saw Spider-Man flying across the city, I immediately thought it was too computerized. I get that you can’t actually film someone flying around, swinging on webs they shoot out of their arms, but I just wasn’t feeling it. This stuck with me through the entire film. There were some great parts of the movie that were beyond unbelievable that I didn’t even “notice” the CGI, but they were always interrupted by a Spidey flying through the air sequence. My other complaint, aside from the spiders, is that in general, I do not like movies that have a villain defeated and another one pops up to be “defeated” in five seconds. I don’t know why that bothers me but it does.

With the negatives out of the way, here is what I did like:

The acting – They couldn’t have cast a better actor for the main villain. Jamie Foxx was stellar! I was not crazy with how cheesy Spider-Man seemed but I was informed that was very true to comic book characterization so I feel Garfield did it well. Of course, Sally Fields was amazing. I am now a pretty big fan of Dane DeHaan. For some reason, he reminded me of a much younger DiCaprio. I look forward to seeing him in the future. I’m not a huge fan of Emma Stone’s voice and I hated Gwen’s hair, but overall I thought the part was well acted. I definitely give the acting five stars!

The story line – You can pretty well tell what is going to happen, but that doesn’t make it any less thrilling when it does.

The feels – I have to say, I almost cried on one occasion. I’m a girl, cut me some slack! Even if you are a guy, you will have to admit that this movie was full of emotion-grabbing moments. It made me angry when I was supposed to be angry, sympathetic when I was supposed to be sympathetic, sad when I was supposed to be sad, and I had a sense of pride when I was supposed to. The movie definitely pulls on the heart strings. I like that to be nicely blended with my action movies and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did it well.

So, overall, I didn’t dislike the movie. I can’t say it’s on my list of all-time favorites, but I was pretty pleasantly surprised. If you are a diehard Spider-Man fan, I don’t know how you will react but if you are a first-timer like me, a casual viewer with no expectations, I think you will enjoy it. It should definitely be on your list of movies to see in theaters this summer.

Author: Kati Price

Kati Price currently resides in lower Alabama and is the owner of Kakes by Kati. She is very musically talented, having mastered over 20 instruments. When she grows up, she would like to be a pastry chef or a doctor. How different can the two be, really? Send Kati an email