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Title: Amazing Spiderman 2 3D
HTS Overall Score:85
With the success of “The Amazing Spiderman” I was MORE than eager to the sequel and was waiting with baited breath. Usually sequels follow the standard formula and try to up everything, from the action, the gags, and the one liners to everything in-between in an effort to outdo the original. Unfortunately “The Amazing Spiderman 2” not only follows that formula it also reeks of studio interference. With the success of Marvel at creating a “universe”, Sony is desperately trying to recreate that lightning strike by creating a universe of their own, inevitably leading up to a “Sinister 6” movie (Spidey’s most famed villains, other than Venom), instead of focusing on making each movie a GOOD movie. Thusly, things start to fall apart as the desperation grows more frantic.
When we left off last time, Gwen (Emma Stone) and Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) were back in love and disobeying Captain Stacey’s ultimatum of keeping Gwen out of this superhero business. Now it’s high school graduation and Spidey is king of the world, only he can’t seem to get Captain Stacey out of his head and ends up wrecking his romance with Gwen. Simultaneously a small time electrical engineer named Max Dillon (Jaimie Foxx) ends up getting electrocuted over at Oscorp and suddenly gains the power of electricity. Stunned with his new powers Max ends up captured by goons at Oscorp and experimented on, tortured and pried apart to see how he ticks. Harry Osborne comes home only to find his dying father has nothing to say to him besides that the family is cursed with a terminal genetic illness and begs Harry to find a cure for himself, even if Norman can’t partake in the benefits. This sets forth a cataclysmic turn of events where Harry, Max and Peter’s lives will soon be intertwined.
Harry finds out that the only thing that can save him is the genetic research that Peter’s father and Norman worked on for so very long, the same project that gave Peter his fantastic powers. Craving that miracle, Harry begs Peter to talk to Spiderman and have Spidey donate some blood so that he can replicate the process in his own body and stop the genetic disease. Realizing that it could be dangerous, especially considering the damaging effects the serum had on Dr. Curt Connors, Peter (or shall I say Spiderman) refuses Harry’s request, which sends Harry into a desperate rage. Teaming up with Max, who now calls himself Electro, Harry finds out that the other members on the board at Oscorp still have the serum and that the “cure” is right within his grasp, leaving Electro all the time he needs to hunt down and try to kill Spiderman, the same person he believes betrayed his trust.
I’m really rather saddened at the way “The Amazing Spiderman 2” turned out. It’s not a bad film, but after the incredible breath of fresh air that the first film was, the fall from grace was disappointing to say the least. The sequel certainly amps up the action, and amps up the stakes, but the studio interference was just a bit too much. You can see that they are trying so hard setting up the Sinister Six that they cram too much into once space. You have Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, who’s only in the film for like 5 minutes, Electro as the main villain, and even Harry Osborne turning into the inevitable Green Goblin (which surprisingly they bypassed Norman as the original Goblin and skip straight to the second incarnation that Harry is). THEN they up the angst level between Gwen and Peter to the nth degree in an effort to sooth the romantic bone. Peter and Gwen still have that sizzling chemistry they had from the first film, but the angst was just a bit too much for me to handle. However, I really do have to say that the action scenes were top notch. I was never bored and the soaring score kept me invigorated and glued to the screen the entire time.
Down to the villains. Before I go on, I must say that this whole reboot is based off of the Ultimate Spiderman series and thus some of the villains have a new take on them. Rhino is no longer a musclebound guy in a rhino costume, he’s actually a mechanized suit with a Russian criminal inside. I can live with Rhino, he’s only in it for a few minutes and sets up the next film. The real shame here is Electro. Jaimie Foxx is such a talented actor and was just WASTED the entire film. It seems like the writers decided to give him every bad line and cliché in the film and pile it all on the poor guy. The cheese and ham is so thick during the Max Dillon/Electro scenes that it just oozes from the pores and stinks up the entire room. A few bad one liners is one thing, but the horrible handling of Electro is pretty painful to watch. I also was not a fan of the way they turned him into a godlike being of electricity who could morph and rematerialize ala Dr. Manhattan. He was just way too amped up from the comics. Still, the fight scenes between Spidey and Electro were a blast to watch and certainly are eye and ear candy. The final villain is actually my favorite for we all guessed that Harry had to become the Goblin sooner or later, especially after seeing the exo skeleton suit and glider in the Oscorp lab earlier in the film. I actually really like Harry’s portrayal as the drug induced crazy killer. Dane Dehaan really embraced the roll and gave it a twisted flair that works really well. The goblin vs. Peter at the end culminated in the only way it could culminate if you’re a fan of Spiderman lore, and even though I knew it was coming that ending still left me sick to my stomach with sadness at the events that played out.
As mentioned, the film definitely has its flaws. It’s a bit too busy with too many sub plots and definitely tries to tie in a lot of things together in an effort to setup the next movies. Through that I have to say there is still plenty of fun to be had in the series. Garfield still plays a much better Spidey than the horribly bad Tobey McGuire and the action is off the charts. I enjoyed the film, just not as much as I adored the first movie in the reboot. So with that in mind, I have to say that while it may be the most disappointing superhero movie of the summer (we’ve had some incredible ones with the new X-men,
Guardians of the Galaxy” and the awe inspiring “Captain America 2”), it’s still a blast to watch and certainly worthy of some view time.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence
[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/gallery/file.php?n=24425[/img]This is a day and date Sony release, so do I really need to say more? Well, Ok you twisted my arm. If Sony does one thing well, it’s the quality of their Blu-ray releases in terms of audio and video. “The Amazing Spiderman 2” is no different as it pops off the screen with jaw dropping clarity and color precision. The bright blues and reds of Spidey’s costume look downright incredible, and you can actually see the suit wrinkle and fold as Peter moves around in the costume. Electro is neon shimmering blue and the saturation of these colors is simply astounding, contrasting with the deep blacks of the night time where Petey and Sparkles battle it out. Shadow detail is just as amazing as the regular fine detail, leaving nothing to the imagination. Contrasts look amazing and the skin tones are spot on perfect. There’s a nice thin layer of minimalistic grain to the picture, giving it a very pleasing and filmic presentation and it’s never annoying or distracting, just there in the back of your mind’s eye.
The 3D Presentation is just as good as the 2D, just with the added side effect of colors being a tad darker. The textures and backgrounds are what really stand out here, as there are few, if any, gimmicky pop outs. The yellows seem to be a bit orange tinted, but nothing that will stand out, I had to have it pointed out by another person for me to even notice the tinge. Detail is amazing as you would have guessed, and those lovely textures look amazing in 3D, especially Spidey’s webbing and dimpled costume. A very good 3D presentation for Sony, for sure.
[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/gallery/file.php?n=24433[/img]The English 5.1 DTS-HD MA track is neck and neck with the video in this release and literally pulses with energy at every corner. The immersion levels are incredible as you can hear the whistling of the wind around Spiderman’s ear as he slings through the air and sounds of New York cars honking, screeching with human voices interjected from all angles creates a very impressive level of directionality. Dialogue is perfectly audible and balanced at all times, with some impressive dynamic range, especially during Spiderman’s encounters with Electro. LFE is incredibly accurate and tight. It ranges from soft and intertwined during the more laid back scenes, but when it’s time for the action that soft pitter patter of little drivers turns to a sonic wall of deep and powerful bass. The score is a thing of beauty, for even though the film may not be the best, the music has an intoxicating sound to it driving your spirits upward and getting you revved up for the encounter at hand. Top notch and just a hair shy of being perfect, with the only thing negative I can say about the track is that there is a little bit of a background hiss in a couple of really quite dialogue scenes (most notably when Peter and Aunt May have their heart to heart chat in the bedroom and just as Gwen is about to have her final interview with Oxford).
• Audio Commentary
• Deleted & Alternate Scenes
• he Wages of Heroism: Making "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
- Lessons Learned: Development and Direction
- Heart of the City: Shooting in New York
- Triple Threat: Attack of the Villains
- A More Dangerous World: Transforming Goblin and Electro
- Bolt from the Blue: Visual Effects
- Spidey Gets His Groove Back: Music and Editing
• The Music of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" with Director Marc Webb
• Music video
“The Amazing Spiderman 2” is not a train wreck, but as a fan of the first “Amazing Spiderman” I have to sadly say it’s a step down and most certainly a result of studio tampering. In their efforts to create a “universe” much like Marvel Studios has done, they created a situation similar to how Raimi’s “Spiderman 3” dipped so much in quality from the previous film. That being said, the film is still quite an entertaining experience, especially if you can get past the cringe inducing Electro. The audio and video for this one are top notch and demo worthy for sure, so I give a recommendation of “watch for yourself”. In short, if you were not a fan of the first one, you probably won’t like this one, as it dips down decently, but if you really like the first one, as I did, then you should still find this installment decently entertaining.
Starring: Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Jaimie Foxx
Directed by: Marc Webb
Written by: Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, Spanish DD 5.1
Runtime: 142 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: August 19th
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Recommendation: Watch It
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