I went to see The Amazing Spiderman 2 at PVR last evening. Here’s what I thought about the movie.
Story: Pretty well told from Peter Parker’s perspective. His past demons haunt him and his discovery about his parents’ past is narrated in an unexpected manner. The emergence of the villains is pretty disappointing. It’s a tad too simplified. However, the intense adulation turning into pure rage is captured well.
Screenplay and Cinematography: Completely written for a 3D viewing experience. I watched the movie in 2D because I personally don’t fancy 3D that much. But lovers of 3D will surely gasp a couple of times. The shots that stand out are the slow-mo ones and the musical grid one. Just brilliant!
Acting: I think this is the biggest plus of the movie. Both Spiderman (Andrew Garfield) and Electro (Jamie Foxx) put in spirited performances. Be it Peter Parker’s tough yet vulnerable avatar or Max Dillon’s obsession for his idol, both are a joy to watch. Though I must admit, Jamie’ role is author backed and hence he brings more life to his character. The juxtaposition between being a complete nobody with a need for social acceptance and being a rage monster is well captured.
Direction: To be fair, this is not much of a director’s movie. But some scenes like Spiderman’s first interaction with Electro, Max’s own delusions, the clock tower scene are well captured from a direction viewpoint.
Editing: This is the biggest goof up in the film. Disproportionate editing. There’s too much happening in too short a while, specially in the second half. Either they should’ve extended the movie by 20 min. or hastened up the first part of the film (which for the record is better than the latter half, even though it lacks the most critical fight scenes).
Overall: I’d say do give this movie a watch. Expect to see some good 3D effects, cinematography and some solid acting from Jamie Foxx.