Sadly, sometimes media need to be reminded of the obvious fact that revealing spoilers about a movie spoils the experience for future audiences, and that our job is not to repeat the story but to review it. Revealing the plot on twitter before the credits have started rolling just smacks of ingratitude and selfishness. So what can one say about The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro without resorting to superlatives and cliches except that it is an electrifying, superhero story produced on an epic scale that will have audiences glued to their seats for 2 1/2 hours? In one word, it truly is amazing.
I feel sorry for actors who have to appear in superhero, or Sci-Fi, movies because they’re usually the kiss of death for any serious actor’s career. Admittedly superhero movies pay astronomically well but that’s a small compensation for being typecast for life as a campy cartoon caricature. The problem with superhero movies is living up to audience expectation of how they think their heroes should be portrayed. If it lacks realism then it wasn’t true to the original ‘graphic novel’ but if it’s too grounded in realism then no one can see past the actor to believe that their character could really fly, stop bullets or lift the Golden Gate Bridge simply by thinking about it. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stumbles in places trying to find it’s balance between reality and fantasy but it remains a jaw dropping spectacle of visual effects and believable characters.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is everything that fans would expect. The CGI effects are brilliantly done, evident but not distracting, as one follows the ever-nimble Spidey jumping from building to building in a fast-paced action adventure that requires him to find balance between fighting crime and protecting the people he loves. While the debate is still open if Andrew Garfield is a better than Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, I think Andrew has created a character uniquely his own. His Spider-Man character is more conflicted about his past, present and future than previous incarnations. He strikes an admirable balance portraying Spider-Man as a vulnerable human being and an invincible super-hero.
It comes as no surprise that his love interest is played by real-life girlfriend Emma Stone. There’s a tangible passion between the two characters; unlike Tome Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut. Their chemistry is exploited to a brilliant climax which leaves viewers wanting more at the conclusion of the movie. Surprisingly, Sally Field dusts off her usually overwrought performance to deliver a convincing performance as Peter Parker’s overly protective Aunt May.
Jamie Foxx exploits both his characters Electro / Max Dillon to their fullest potential (for a super-hero movie) without going too melodramatic. Jamie Foxx is accustomed to bad comedy and acclaimed drama but this is one movie where I found he did a great job pulling both roles off in tandem. He knows where to tickle the funny bone and when to leave the viewer slightly unsettled as he goes full tilt mental.
The storyline doesn’t hit all it’s arcs; because there are so many of them, but hat doesn’t mean that the viewer will be left wanting because this is a fully fledged action epic that is crammed with adventure from beginning to end throughout its two-hour journey. The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro proves that super-hero movies aren’t limited to the domain of being a popcorn movie because it has a great story, fantastic special effects and convincing characters.
You won’t need popcorn to enjoy this movie but you most certainly need 3D glasses to enjoy it on the big screen!
Highlight: Seeing it first on the big screen at Ster-Kinekor in 3D.
Lowlight: Not allowed to say!