Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014)

I wanted to watch this movie the day it came out, which was May 1st, but unfortunately I kind of lost track of time because that tends to happen when you're on your summer vacation. So I had the chance to watch it today and in 3D, which was pretty nice considering that I barely attend 3D movies. Now I must say that I'm more of an Andrew Garfield fan than a Tobey Maguire one. But in all honesty, I had high hopes for this film bearing in mind the fact that I loved the first one, I'm sad to say it didn't quite deliver it for me.

Let me start off with some good points, for instance the battles between Spiderman and Electro are fantastic, I've never been so engaged into a battle like this for quite some time and it's just a pleasure watching them fight it out with awesome choreography and spectacular visuals and music, I mean Hans Zimmer is the composer so you'd expect the music (especially during battle scenes) to be epic, and oh boy it was. Jamie Foxxx was spectacular as Electro, I had my doubts about him I must say, but he impressed the hell out of me. Just the fact that he goes into extreme territories of obsession indicates that he's not the type of guy you'd want to tread on. The CGI on him was terrifyingly realistic and his character is just so unpredictable and live, you feel like he's just doing to get recognition, and that's scary, how extreme he goes just to be recognized. And let's not forget the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone was flawless, my god Emma Stone is beautiful! 

And Dane DeHaan did quite a good job portraying Harry Osbourne and I loved the way that he's actually a goblin. As freaky as that may sound but he actually transforms into a goblin. Rather than in the original Spiderman where the Green Goblin was just Norman Osbourne wearing a goblin suit.  Also this film is meant to be seen in 3D cause you'd really be missing out, it's not the kind of movie you'd watch in 2D because it won't make sense. 

But now let me movie to the negatives. First off, this movie felt kind of like a videogame in some sequences, it was too CGI-ish. For instance with the slow motion segments, I felt like I was playing a videogame where one of the objectives is to save people before time runs out (you'll know what I'm talking about when you watch it). The run time was just over 2 and a half hours, but they were wasted, I'll tell you why. There were supposed to be 3 villains in this movie: Rhino, Electro, and the Green Goblin. Electro gets enough screen time, so no problem there. Rhino and Green Goblin though, not so much. Green Goblin only appears for a total of 15 minutes maybe, and Rhino (which really pissed me off) only has about 5-7 minutes of screen time, OUT OF 2 AND A HALF HOURS!!! Instead they focused more on the relationship between Gwen and Peter, like seriously I didn't give two shits, I just wanted to see Rhino smash shit up. you'd think that they'd use 2 and a half hours efficiently, but no they just had to complicate the love story. *SPOILERS* After all that complex romantic side plot development, Gwen dies, hoo-fucking-ray *SPOILERS END HERE*. Rhino and Green Goblin were so rushed that they didn't even bother trying not to make it obvious, it's as clear as solid sunshine. Like seriously, screw the romance and put more fight scenes. This is an action movie NOT a romance film. 
Ma Man!

But seriously though, I would reluctantly recommend it, I loved Electro and the fight scenes between Spiderman and him, but in all honesty, this movie was shit. I'd recommend you attend it with a group of friends so you could all just have a laugh and diss this movie's flaws till you run out of breath 

"I just wanted everybody to see me..."

Ahmed Almatrook 


  1. Good review Ahmed. At the end of the movie you'll probably walk out on a high note, but can't help feeling there might've been too many downs to go with the ups in film quality.

  2. Thanks Dan! And I agree, the ending was uplifting, but that fades away 5 minutes after you leave the theatre (which is what happened with me), after you recap the film in your head and realize that you've watched an extremely flawed movie