We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is…well, just like the first one which is also Dove approved, amazing! It is action-packed, funny, and is one of the best comic book adaptations ever put on the screen. Oh, and it features the now standard Stan Lee cameo. Without giving the details away, Stan shows up at Peter Parker’s graduation from high school, although Peter almost doesn’t make it himself due to his duties as Spider-Man.
The story focuses on a few main themes, including Peter’s on-again and off-again relationship with Gwen Stacy, due to the fact he doesn’t want to expose her to danger. When Gwen is offered a scholarship to Oxford, Peter realizes he might lose her forever. In a humorous scene he shows up just before her final interview with the representative from Oxford, and he tells her how great Gwen is and adds, “God save the queen!” Other plot elements focus on a man named Max, who Peter once saved, that becomes Electro, the main villain, due to a terrible accident at OsCorp. Peter also sees Harry Osborne again after many years, and Harry brings his own problems to the table. Peter finally learns the truth as to why his father and mother fled when he was a boy. One of the strengths of the movie is to get inside the character’s heads and emotions when it comes to relationships such as Peter and Gwen’s love story, not to mention Aunt May’s feelings for Peter as he is like a son to her, not a nephew.
There is a fantastic showdown at the end of the film between Spider-Man and Electro. This is one of those movies that happily features solid acting, good music, a fine script, and plenty to watch on screen. The 3D effects at the screening I saw were impressive. There is some comic-book violence in the film and a few people are “fried” by Electro. We are awarding the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is very entertaining and touches the emotions!