For the first time in a while a movie’s sequel was just as good as its predecessor. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was everything I had hoped it would be. Giving us insight into Peter Parker’s past, as well has his present and in some ways his future, the film painted a picture of Spider-Man as a larger identity; one that is bigger than Peter Parker. Again starring Andrew Garfield as Spidey and Emma Stone as his beautiful girlfriend Gwen Stacy the film picks up largely where the last left off making it a logical continuation. While I was skeptical at first of the idea of having multiple villains, I think it ended up working really well. Multiple villains was the downfall of Spiderman 3 and ultimately led to that franchises downfall. Here however it makes sense as we get to see the rise of Electro, played by Jamie Foxx. Electro acts as the main story line villain and takes up the majority of Spider-Man’s crime fighting time. However, the rebirth of the Green Goblin was what I was most interested in and I feel as though the film did a splendid job with his character.
Returning home from boarding school, a young Harry Osborn inherits his dying fathers company only to learn his father’s disease is genetic giving him limited time to live. His growing anger with his father, himself, and Spider-Man for refusing to help leads Harry down a dark path. The films rendition of the Green Goblin is spot on and more true to the comic books than the previous Toby McGuire trilogy in which Willem Defoe portrayed a fully masked version of the high flying supervillain.Incorporating Peter Parker’s daily struggle of trying to mix his civilian life with that of Spider-Man’s is important and something every good superhero movie must touch on. His indecisiveness is a focal point for the film and one that reveals a deep internal struggle brilliantly portrayed by Garfield. I would definitely watch the movie again as there was so much crammed in to its two hours and change that a second viewing would only serve to enhance the first. With plenty of action, emotion, and little laughter, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a home run.