The Amazing Spider-Man 2 entails the quest for a supersuit

Keshav Amaro

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This spring welcomes to the theaters the unconventional jokester but vigilante, Spider-Man, juggling plutonium while defeating the Russian mob as a daily ritual. Director Mark Webb, who directed the first Amazing Spider-Man, captures a nice balance of action and drama in the latest sequel of the Spider-Man series. The motion picture has a mixture of chemistry amongst the characters, intertwined backstories, humorous action and incredible special effects. Our comic book hero Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, is still dealing with private and public relations in his college years, while fighting off his internal past and present-day criminals. Some critics feel the script is overwritten and unengaging on a human level. But the complexity and humor of the plot is refreshing from the regular one-note comic book movie. The plot tries to cover any loose ends with multiple conspiracies. There is the backstory of his geneticist father Richard (Campbell Scott) and his mother Mary (Embeth Davidtz) who both disappear seemingly without a rhyme or reason. Oscar winner Sally Field portrays the hardworking and loving Aunt May to the orphaned Peter, behaving like an overprotective mother. Her great acting chops incorporate dimension to the family’s financial and personal struggles. The main plot includes an intertwined plethora of secrets with Norman Osborn, the deranged founder of Oscorp, the shady genetic research and development company. The movie also includes the backstories of Electro, Rhino and the original villain: The Green Goblin, who originally premiered on screen in the 2002 Spider-Man movie. It’s fair to say that this film did not have just one villain. This trio of crazies were all unpredictable. Harry Osborn, the son of the founder of Oscorp finds that he has the same devilish disease his father had, and will do anything to get rid of it. After taking drastic measures when Spider-Man (or his friend Peter Parker) refuses to help, Harry welcomes the garb of the Green Goblin in a desperate attempt to save his life. Jaime Foxx’s character portrays a mental delusional, lonely and Spider-Man obsessed electrician at the Oscorp Corporation named Max Dillon. Often unnoticed, his spectacular transformation occurs after an accident involving a tank of experimental electric eels, turning him into the dangerous arch nemesis Electro. He is an out-of-control watchdog of electricity, bullying Manhattan as he was bullied. Paul Giamatti, an angry Russian mobster is definitely in a quest for his armor. His character greedily reveals in a cameo of Spidey’s enemy Rhino. The romance between Peter and Gwen is believable but ‘complicated’. Peter’s desire for focus in his life is to follow Gwen by being a super vigilante, protector and boyfriend. Emma Stone’s character, high school valedictorian, Gwen has vulnerability, a daring mentality and brains with an irrepressible need to strive for her own greatness. Their personalities clash, Peter Parker mentioning that they have broken up multiple times, only to get back together again. He is consistently haunted by Mr. Stacy’s last words during the previous Spider-Man film to stay away from his daughter. Because of Peter’s good intentions, he is conflicted whether to honor the last words of Gwen’s father or to keep Gwen as his girlfriend. The movie’s special effects truly give a Spider-Man, bird’s-eye-view of the immense surroundings of New York City. The audience can really feel the superhero’s arachnid power swing across town. His fight scenes against his triad of psychopathic enemies turn the city into a battleground. The landmark Times Square was capitalized on for Electro’s debut, using his theme of electricity in order to utilize the many screens and monitors the landmark has to offer. Electro commonly displayed himself on every screen, broke apart and fired electric bolts and flamboyantly used his power to display himself on a skyscraper, almost like a projector on a screen. It was a great feat of special effects. The cinematography is outstanding. It is hard not to duck at the flying shrapnel, electricity bolts and lightning strikes. Spidey’s superquick movements and web slinging action were clearly defined in a myriad of slow-motion and acrobatic shots. Fantastic, intense, and fun. This film develops into a very enjoyable ride and motivates us to go out and find our own unique supersuit.