I wasn’t really waiting that anxiously for the second part of the remake of Spider-man to hit the theatres, for although I did enjoy the Amazing-Spiderman part one I couldn’t connect to it much. Sleeker, yes. More modern, yes, perhaps even more faithful to the comics, yes, but I still do prefer the original Spider-man trilogy starring Toby Maguire. I did see it on the day it was released, because we’ve been having quite a dry spell on the movie front recently and it came at a time where there was no other blockbuster to compete with, not in Kuwait anyway, so why not?
The film picks up from where we left off in the first part, with Spidey feeling guilty about dating Gwen after he promised her dying father to leave her alone, and his guilt makes him turn into a jerk BF. They both graduate high school which I have to say though both Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone do look very young and youthful, then don’t look like teenagers graduating high school, it would have been more believable if they were in college already. We learn more about the disappearance of Spider-man’s parents and why did they leave in such a hurry in this movie though.
I did feel very sorry for the bad guy, who started out as a lonely guy just wanting a friend in this world. Two of his scenes however gave me strong deja-vus to previous movies but as I discussed this with my friends no one could see the resemblance. The first one is when Electro, then only known as Max, was tumbling through the streets with his blueprints and it strongly reminded me of a scene of chaos from Superman III movie in the 80’s. The second, when he is all alone and mad with sadness, he reminded me of Cat Woman in the 90’s Batman and there was a third scene, while Spider-man was fighting Electro, that looked like a scene from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Oh and Spider-man’s ring tone? It’s the Spider-Man song from the original first movie of the first trilogy! Now that was a nice nod connecting the two trilogies IMO.
The ending is my favourite part, though it wasn’t the happiest of endings but it did bring an unexpected and quite soon of a twist. The movie was okay, bordering on good if I may say, but I don’t see myself buying the DVD nor waiting impatiently for the third part, I did enjoy the first one better.
P.S. I prefer James Franco’s Harry Osbourne!