No Amaze From 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
BANGALORE: Over the years, the iconic Spider-Man has enthralled millions and with each new edition, be it comics, television series or films, our expectations soar for a fantastic action-packed drama. Unfortunately, the much-awaited, Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is a damp squib. Cluttered with numerous sub-plots that lead to textual inconsistency, it offers a bland, insipid and a tangled fare packed with adolescent angst and predictable action.
This film takes off from its prequel, "The Amazing Spider-Man". It begins with a flash back in a sepia-toned sequence beginning at the OsCorp Industries. The sequence explains the mysterious disappearance and death of the scientist Richard Parker (Cambell Scott) and his wife Mary (Embeth Davidtz). After establishing this, the film then shifts gear full throttle to a present-day action-packed sequence, where their son, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues to fight crime as Spider-Man.
Interspersed with; dynamically energetic shots of the web-slinger swinging between skyscrapers and chasing a rogue truck driver with silly tongue-in-cheek wisecracks and more than a few visual gags, the sequence is everything you could want from a Spider-Man movie. If Webb's entire sequel had operated on that level, it would have been remarkable and a different story to tell. But instead, in this version, Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is in a soup over the affairs of his heart. He is distraught with pangs about; his relationships with his girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), his best childhood buddy Harry Osbon (Dane DeHaan), his fan Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) who later transforms in to the villain Electro. He also pines to find the truth about his biological parents. And in between all this emotional mesh, he gives us a dose of his "Spider-Man" antics.