The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (2014)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro picks up where the first left off. Peter Parker comes to grips with being Spider-Man and helps out New York in any way he can. From chasing down robbers driving trucks full of plutonium, to protecting kids from bullies, Spider-Man is there. Peter also tries to deal with teenage life and is constantly plagued by the fact he is dating Gwen Stacey although he promised he wouldn’t. Following an accident at the Oscorp headquarters Electro is born, a victim of circumstance he is scared of what’s happening.Once he realizes his power Electro plans to use it to punish those who did him wrong.

The brief origin story of Electro is paper thin and makes you ask if Sony even consulted the source material. Jamie Foxx is unbelievable as the bumbling electrical engineer Max Dillon. Max has an almost child-like character, fawning over the first person who notices him and becoming illogically angry at the first to get on his bad side. There is little empathy once he becomes Electro and he is more plot convenience than origin. Add to that he is blue and that most of the CGI budget probably went into his face, he is unconvincing as a proper villain.

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Andrew Garfield is far better suited to Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire, pulling off the cowboy personality with ease. The writing team let loose with Spider-Man in AS2 and there is more of a penchant for fun, showing a more realistic teen who receives these powers. There’s a scene where Spidey uses a fireman’s hose and is seen wearing a fireman’s hat, and giving the other fireman hi-5’s. Although superfluous, it shows the thought that went into the character.

Emma Stone puts in a heartfelt performance as the relatable teen, and has real chemistry with Garfield. Dane DeHaan plays Harry Osborn well, using the traits of awkwardness and intelligence he showcased in Chronicle.

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The plot has many elements with Electro popping up, briefly developing him and setting up the final fight scene while working Harry Osborne into it. The electrical effects and CGI are stunning, creating flowing lightning effects for Spider-Man to web-sling through in the final confrontation. Once the fight ends Harry Osborn is introduced as the Goblin and alludes to more villains being introduced to the franchise.

The Verdict:

AS2 is a quick-paced superhero movie that is mostly entertaining, but may differ too much from Spider-Man canon for fans to enjoy . It delves deeper into the world of Spider-Man and develops the characters, creating a platform for the franchise to build on. At 142 minutes the film feels a bit too long and the main reason for this is the drawn out sequences used to set up future movies. The last 15 minutes especially seemed like a trailer for the next 2-3 movies.

3.5/5

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Check out more on The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro at www.imdb.com/title/tt1872181/

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