The movie opens at a short but undisclosed amount of time after the events of the first movie where Doctor Connors/The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) wreaked havoc in New York resulting in the death of Capitan Stacy (Denis Leary). Spider-Man now New York’s local hero but Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) although happy in his role as Spider-Man is finding it hard to reconcile his feelings towards Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) after promising her father he would stay away. The death of his Girlfriends father and the mysterious disappearance of his own parents is all building in Peters head and it is only when his childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to the city that he finds solace in a friend who can relate. However peters personal life has to take second place to his duties as Spider-man when mild mannered Max Dillon (Jamie Fox) is thrust into the spotlight as New York’s new villain. After falling victim to an accident turning him into the supercharged being Electro, all of Max’s rage and frustration is directed at Spider-man and the city who neglected him. The time has come for Spider-man to face his greatest battle begins!
It is a more complex story that builds upon the predecessor rather than simply follow on from it. For as complicated at the plot is with villains and back story it is all conveyed to the audience in perfect harmony being nether to heavy or dark. Elements from the first Amazing Spider-Man where woven so perfectly together that it felt as if both where shot simultaneously. The story is character driven rather than villain driven, as with the first movie and Doctor Connors transformation into the villainous Lizard, the enemy’s that Spider-Man faces are not inherently evil. Max is a likable Character and you follow the reasons that turn the tide of his insanity. Deeper perspective revealed to me that, if I can borrow the phrase, it is our choices much more than our ability’s that make us who we truly are, and that the villain in this story could well have been Spider-Man if not for the loving affection of his Aunt and Uncle. The humour worked well, not stuck in stupidly for giggles sake but as a situational comedy, laughing at the moment, and in essence keeping it real to a teenager who’s just outta high school and saving the city. Spider-man was cocky without looking like a cock, the moments of fun worked well at to the advantage of the film. Spider-Man is heroic without using violence as his first tactic, Spider-man has moved away from the vengeance filled youth of the first opening scenes in this saga and is more at home in the spandex and what he stands for. Hope.
Why did I choose this movie, well its Spider-Man, I loved the first of the new reboots and I had waited long enough to finally go see the sequel. It is such a strong solid story that you can walk into even if you have not watched the first movie. The one and only nit-picking issue I had was with the physics involving electro and clothing, I won’t say as it’s a slight spoiler, but again it was me being nit-picking. I can’t give this movie enough praise, I am going to go watch it again, the joys of Cineworld Unlimited!