The Web-Head, Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) is back in his most recent appearance which I take a look at today for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Mark Webb returns as director, Emma Stone returns as Gwen, Sally Field is Aunt May, and this time around spidey-senses are tingling when OsCorp seems to be behind all the trouble that is rampaging on New York City’s streets, specifically Electro (Jamie Fox) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan).
I will say I do like how from the off, this one feels like a companion piece to the first film, I love the POV shots with the audience as Spider-Man, something I loved in the first film as well, though I don’t remember commenting on it, I also love how is haunted by visions of Gwen’s father, Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) reminding him of his promise in the previous film.
That being said, I don’t really care for the excessive computer generated work, but that seems to part and parcel of the superhero blockbuster genre.
Both Garfield and Foxx are comfortable in their respective roles, and its fun to see the character of Spidey a little more relaxed in this film, as opposed to his learning curve in the first. He loves his city and loves what he does to help its citizens.
The film shines most when it’s about the emotional moments with the characters, the tiny beats that make you smile, or change character’s lives. Sure the action sequences are nicely choreographed and executed with both live action and computer work, but watching the way Garfield interacts with the rest of the cast, as Spidey or Peter, those are the moments that really make the film work.
Parker digs more into the mystery of his father and mother’s disappearance, while young Harry Osborn (DeHaan) deals with a debilitating family disease, which with some genetic manipulation will turn him into the Green Goblin, and Gwen is deciding whether or not to go to England, and whether she and Peter are together or not.
The last half of the film has way too much going on, there is a lot shoe-horned in there, and honestly, I don’t think the Green Goblin storyline was given enough time, in fact it should have had its own film, but I love, love, love that, Gwen’s story is true to the source material. It’s got a good emotional kick.
The cast also includes Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Chris Cooper, and I can’t help but think that it’s too bad that Sony is planning on rebooting the series yet again, because I quite like Garfield’s interpretation of the character. I just wish the film wasn’t so busy.
Still, it was fun checking in with your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!