“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″

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By Ryan

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was released August 19th on Blu-Ray and DVD. This superhero movie grossed $202.9 million at the U.S. box office. Its lead cast features some familiar faces, with Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) and Emma Stone (“Easy A”) playing the main characters. Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) is another big name, though his character’s strange appearance makes him more difficult to recognize.

In the beginning, viewers witness Richard Parker destroying all of his research and leaving his son, Peter, with his brother. We can tell that Richard is running from people because of his work, but we don’t know why until later in the movie. These action-packed scenes really suck viewers into the movie and make them want to know what happens next.

Next, we see the grown-up versions of Peter Parker (Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Stone) at their high-school graduation. Peter has been having a hard time with their relationship due to a promise he made to Gwen’s father, depicted in the last movie. He’s debating between staying with her because he loves her and can’t be away from her, or leaving her because he wants her to be safe. This internal conflict really emphasizes the humanity of a superhero’s character. Even though he is powerful, he still has personal problems of his own.

On a separate note, we meet Max Dillon (Foxx), who is a really smart guy. However, no one respects him, and he often gets pushed around. Max is obsessed with Spider-Man, and one day, Spider-Man saves his life, which just adds fuel to the fire. Viewers can see that a lifetime of bullying has turned Max into a loose cannon. On his birthday, he has to work late to fix an electrical problem. While doing so, something goes wrong, and Max is involved in a transformational accident.

Die-hard superhero fans will find “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” incredible. It follows the story of the comic books more closely than the other series of Spider-Man movies (featuring Tobey Maguire) did a few years ago. Yet somehow, it comes off as less cheesy than the comic books. This set of Spider-Man movies reminds me of the newer Batman series, in that it’s more realistic, as though the main superhero could be an actual person and not just an idea. With a plot that is very unpredictable (unless you’ve read the comics), and some great humor throughout, I give this movie 3 out of 4 popcorn kernels.

3 popcorn kernels


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