After the success of the reboot in 2012 a sequel was surely in the works. So earlier this year the sequel, simply titled The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was released directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. Once again Andrew Garfield reprises his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field also star. The film was made on a budget of $200 million and made over $700 million at the box office.
So before we catch up with Petey we see a flashback to the night that his dad Richard Parker and mom Mary leave young Peter with his uncle Ben and aunt May and then leave in a private jet. Wile Richard is uploading data to a remote server, an assassin attacks them and Mary is knocked out in the tussle. The plane crashes as the pilot had been killed, presumably killing everyone on board. Peter, having just saved Oscorp employee Max Dillon from a truck, and apprehends Aleksei Sytsevich, who attempted to steal a truck containing plutonium vials, graduates from high school and breaks up with Gwen as he is unable to get the image of her father, police captain George Stacy, reminding him to leave Gwen out of his affairs as Spider-Man. Gwen gets upset with him and storms off. Meanwhile Harry Osborn returns to New York just as his father Norman is dying and takes over Oscorp, laying down the law on the board a trying to wrest control of the company from the Osborn family and promoting his father’s secretary as his second in command. Harry has the same disease as his father and will not live long himself. Peter goes to see Harry and they reconnect.
Thinking they have become “best friends”, Max idolizes Spider-Man. While tending to maintenance in an OsCorp laboratory, he gets electrocuted and falls into a tank of genetically modified electric eels. As a result he mutates into a living electricity generator. As Peter tries to be friends with Gwen, she tells him that she has an interview to get a scholarship for Oxford and is looking forward to moving to England. As Peter tries to digest this information Max wanders into Times Square and causes a blackout as he draws in a whole lotta power from the city. Peter saves a few people from being crushes by cars and tries to calm Max down but the later feels that Spider-Man has betrayed his “friendship” and is shot by a cop when he makes an aggressive move. Spidey is able to stop him and Max is taken to the Ravencroft Institute after he has been shackled. Harry meanwhile has found that Richard & Norman’s work on the spiders could be the cure to his illness and asks Peter to get Spider-Man to give him some of his blood as he knows that Spider-Man must have gotten his powers from the spiders in the lab at Oscorp. Harry thinks Peter must know how to contact the masked super hero, having taken Spidey’s photos for the paper. Peter reluctantly agrees although he does come to Harry as Spider-Man, he still refuses; Harry begins to hate Spider-Man.
The board of members uses Max’s accident as an excuse and frame Harry for it and has him removed as CEO. The secretary informs Harry that some of the venom from the spiders was stored away in the building before the spiders were destroyed and Harry sneaks his way into Ravencroft and has Max, who calls himself Electro (yeah very original) freed. He works with Max to get him back inside the OsCorp building and, there, finds a suit of armor made by Norman, and venom from genetically altered spiders. The venom accelerates his illness and transforms him into a goblin-like creature, but its built-in emergency protocol restores his health. By now Peter has found a secret message left by his dad and finds a lab hidden in a deserted section of the subway and finds out that Richard had to leave because he refused to cooperate with Norman’s biogenetic weaponization plans. Peter then goes to see Gwen before she can leave for England and professes his love for her and says that he will join her in England and fight crime there. However this is when Electro attacks the city and with Gwen’s help Peter is able to overload Max’s body, destroying him. Harry comes to confront Peter and seeing Gwen with him, deduces that Peter is Spider-Man. They fight at the top of the clock tower with Gwen caught by Harry; in the tussle Gwen falls down to her death after Spidey overpowers Harry.
A distraught Peter attends Gwen’s funeral with aunt May and spends several months mourning her death. In those months without Spider-Man, NYC has seen rampant crime overtake the city with Harry having healed plots to breaks Sytsevich out of prison and in turn the villain, using a giant mechanical robotic suit and calling him the Rhino attacks NYC. His spirit renewed by watching a video of Gwen’s speech at graduation, Peter dons on the suit and goes to battle the Rhino, after thanking a small boy who stepped up to face the villain as the city cheers his return.
Nothing new in terms of story or characterization (which makes me wonder why the reboot) but I found the movie fun to watch. Garfield is better here and funny too than in the first movie but watching Jamie Foxx is painful as he attempts a human rendition of Ugly Duckling (watch the cartoon and you will understand what I mean) and his performance is painful. Nothing really stands out and in some of the fight scenes with Electro, the CGI makes it look like I’m watching something from Cartoon Network! I found only Garfield’s & Stone’s performances to be good. I’ll give it an 8 outta 10!