Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu Ray|
With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.from£3.59 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) For Peter Parker there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers embracing being the hero and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone) But being Spider-Man comes at a price only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx) Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he And as his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common Oscorp
Andrew Garfield reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in this superhero sequel based on the Marvel Comics characters. By day Peter Parker enjoys an ordinary life, spending time with his girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone), but by night he flies high amidst New York skyscrapers as he battles evil. The emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), a figure with startling power and malevolent intentions, poses Spider-Man his greatest challenge to date, while he also has The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) to keep under control. The unexpected return of his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) is more welcome. Together, the pair come to realise that shadowy corporation Oscorp seems to be responsible for much of the evil they encounter. Can they find a way to put an end to Oscorp's nefarious activities?
Average Rating for Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] - 3 out of 5
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Amazing Spider-Man 2 [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray]Dave Wallace
Superhero movies. Love them or hate them, it's impossible to ignore them. They're a phenomenon that has absolutely exploded in the last 15 years, with early 21st-century efforts like 'X-Men' and Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' trilogy building on the groundwork of occasional past hits (like the Superman and Batman movies of the 1970s, '80s and '90s) to set the stage for a barrage of dazzling, genre-defining films in recent years, like Marvel's 'Avengers' or Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' saga.
One of the latest entries in the superhero canon is 'Amazing Spider-Man 2', the follow-up to 2012's reboot of the web-slinging saga, starring Andrew Garfield as the titular arachnid-based protagonist. Garfield's Peter Parker once again plays opposite the actor's real-life girlfriend, Emma Stone, as Parker's love interest, Gwen Stacy - and the pair's (inevitably) convincing rapport ends up being by far the best thing about this sequel.
Peter and Gwen's relationship grounds the movie, giving us a real human connection to what's going on, and encouraging us to root for Spider-Man to triumph in his personal life as much as his superhero identity. And that turns out to be pretty important - because unfortunately, the rest of the movie struggles to really give us anything to care about.
It's not for want of trying, though. As well as Peter and Gwen's romantic trials and tribulations, an imposing roster of big-name actors gives Spider-Man several super-villains to rail against: Paul Giamatti and Chris Cooper put in brief turns as The Rhino and Norman Osborn, while Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan have meatier roles as central villains Electro and Harry Osborn. And on top of all that, there's a separate mystery plotline involving secrets that were carried to the grave by Peter's long-dead parents, who only crop up briefly here in flashback during an early action scene, but whose presence colours the entire movie.
But in trying to cram so many disparate characters into one story - not to mention also attempting to set up several plotlines that can be carried forward into future instalments - the film ends up as a crowded, convoluted mess.
Yes, there's some basic underlying plot that joins everything together, but it's the kind of plot that feels like it's been written and rewritten so many times that it doesn't really have a shape any more: things happen without good reason, minor characters drift in and out of the story without really doing anything (presumably characters like Felicia, who disappears completely from the final act, had more to do in earlier drafts of the story), and big plot twists suddenly happen for their own sake, rather than the film building towards them logically and dramatically. Indeed, the deleted scenes on the blu-ray show all sorts of other possibilities for the story that were never used, suggesting that director Marc Webb didn't even have a real idea of where the film was going while he was shooting it.
The film also has a tone that's all over the place, with some serious darkness for certain characters (including DeHaan's Harry Osborn, who seems to be plagued by death and disease at every turn) clashing completely with hammy, campy, Saturday-morning-cartoon antics elsewhere (like the mad-scientist character who captures Electro midway through the movie). Again, it gives the impression of a movie that doesn't really know what it is, and is trying to cover all the bases in the vain hope that some of it works.
The only thing that partly saves it is the likeability of Garfield and Stone (and, to a lesser extent, Sally Field as Peter's Aunt May). But aside from some occasional romantic scenes and a couple of fun slapstick pieces from Garfield, these human aspects of the story are woefully underserved. The filmmakers simply haven't realised that all the special effects and explosive action in the world, no matter how impressive, can't trump a feeling of genuine human connection: that even the main villain's dazzling electricity-based powers can't compare to the simple spark between Garfield and Stone.
In a year that's already given us serious, grown-up superheroics in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'; high-concept thrills and and an unparalleled cast in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'; and even subversive space-opera in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy', a merely adequate superhero effort like 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' just isn't enough.
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