Friday, May 2, 2014

Film Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro [2014]

This movie is clearly an Easter egg hunt where characters and situations lay the groundwork for future stories. The main villains in this movie are Electro, the Green Goblin, and the Rhino. The character of Electro is less frightening as his character is built on a villain who has low self-esteem and is craving for attention. He represents the mental challenge to Spider-Man as Peter needs to use his mind to defeat him. The Green Goblin character is a personal challenge as he is the best friend of Peter Parker and needs to hold back while saving the people he loves. And the Rhino represents the physical challenge to Spider-Man as he is well armored and armed.

The movie itself builds on the framework of the first as the George Stacy weighs heavily on Peter as he moves forward with his relationship with Gwen. We finally discover what really happened to Richard and Mary Parker and why. The foundation of the Sinister Six movie comes into play including future suits for Doctor Octopus and the Vulture. Other characters likely to appear in the future include the Felicia Hardy as the Black Cat and Alistair Smythe as the Spider-Slayer. While the movie has its share of Easter eggs and action, it lacks the consistency throughout the movie.

The first fisticuffs between Spider-Man and Electro were much more vibrant than the final one. The second half of the movie was predictable because the entire story was told by the middle half and only action sequences were left. The ending would have benefited with Peter reconciling with his lost parents which would have given symmetry to the beginning. Overall this is a much better film than the first one by director Marc Webb and the dialogue between Aunt May and Peter stole the film.