Movie of the week: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Andrew Garfield swings around the skyscrapers of New York City once more in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Marc Webb returns to direct the adventures of New York’s friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. In this sequel, Peter Parker is living the good life. He has Gwen Stacey at his side to confide in, his old friend Harry Osbourne returns after ten years abroad and he loves being Spider-Man and the city reciprocates that love for they see him as “The Hero,” especially in the eye of Max Dillon, an employee of Oscorp who is often overlooked in life. While on the job, Dillon suffers a horrible accident that gives him extraordinary electrical power and he quickly becomes a threat to New York City. Through Dillon, Spider-Man realizes that everything in his life goes back to one source: OsCorp. Peter Parker may finally find the answers to why his mother and father disappeared when he was young and why OsCorp is at the center of everything significant in his life, but in order to find the answers he has been looking for, he will have to survive the fight of his life.

What am I expecting to see?: “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise is somewhat overlooked due to both DC and Marvel producing, what some might call, more exciting an innovative features but what Marc Webb is doing with his adaptation of Spider-Man is very fascinating because it attempts to give insight into a particular character and the direction they are steering the film in is very bold. I’m expecting this to assert itself as one of the super-hero film franchises audiences should see because there is a lot packed into this film. The cast of Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Dane Dehaan, Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti look as if they can surprise audiences and fans of the comic lore but the visual effects seem to be at the forefront of what is driving this film. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinker’s screenplay better be chocked full of the unexpected because “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has a difficult task of trying to crawl out of the shadow of Marvel’s Avenger’s Iniative or what DC is trying to accomplish with Zack Snyder’s Superman saga.

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