By Shreya Mitra (India)


Caught AGAIN in the Webb-Spinner’s Cobweb


“We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you, is to become hope. People need that.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reestablishes that hope no matter how impossible it seems, is never really false and that a little faith is all we need to get through times most critical…

We are not quite over that time, when the mention of Superhero flicks was synonymous to ‘action-packed’, ‘adrenaline-rushing’ cinematic effort where people can just sink in a couple of hours of unimaginable extravaganza and leave the theater without being too intensely involved in what they just experienced. However, the scene has undergone a considerable transformation in the recent past. Now it’s the human content veiled under the dazzle of special effects that appeal straight to the heart and numb our senses for a while. The second installment of The Amazing Spider-Man series, from director Marc Webb (what a wordplay!), arrives exactly in the premise where a hero’s emotive involvement counts more than his impregnable valor.

I will start with grumbling that this movie has been way too over-reviewed and that too, extremely rigorously. It has been weighed on scales that don’t even fit its delineation. If you feel like it’s worth a watch, just go for it already. Do not let too many skeptic reviewers spoil the broth for you.

Screenplay: Screenplay is definitely not a strong footing for this film, but judicious use of poignant screen elements and arresting dialogues anchors the 142 mins show till the very end and never does it seem that the narrative meddles with the action content or vice-versa.

Casting: This review won’t even hold a worth equivalent to a penny, if I do not talk about the man who takes the lead in weaving the cobweb of “ALL THINGS AMAZING” and illuminates the screen with his presence. Andrew Garfield yet again electrifies with his avant-garde blend of quick humor, innocence and youthful charm. However what’s greater is how he effortlessly gets into the skin of Peter Parker and portrays his normalcy, his geekery, his desires and qualms in one go. After all, we may love the superhero, but the common man in the crowd is the one we identify our self with, ain’t that so?! Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is brilliant and as vibrant as the spring. She is an outstanding exception from the rest of the stereotyped ladies in a superhero flick who always get a narrow delineation, get abducted by the villain, screams for the hero to show up and well, get saved. Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan are decent in their own limited screen space. But what steals the cookie away is the ship between Peter and Gwen which manages to radiate their vibes so adorably well.

Music: When there’s Hans Zimmer, awesomeness comes with a guarantee card. This film, though quite contrary to its genre, showcases some breathtaking Original Sound Tracks (OSTs) and equally well used featured tracks. Tell me if you don’t get goose bumped when “Gone Gone Gone” by Phillip Philips plays. :”)

VFX: the VFX is impeccably executed though it keeps you craving for more. The film definitely has some of the best uses of CGI among its contemporaries.

Some of the inadequacies that peril the film are a lack of good non-linear narrative, overload of villains, and deficient subplots. The film never hints a drag but many anecdotes are left slightly under-explained.

However, the film comprises of loads of reasons to cheer for that clearly rub away the other tarnishes. A fresh casting, moving lines, and the inseparable embodiment of the emotive element gets the magic wand working. I accept the film with all its splendors and its flaws. :”)

After all that emotional and dramatic roller-coaster ride, you will feel your eyes are moist and that unknowingly you are falling for that cliché again, “The Good always Triumph… But not without paying a price.”

May be there will be no masked Messiah arriving for us, but we can always hope for the same right and believe that even in an end, there is a hope for a new beginning. As Gwen Stacy would put it, “What makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever. What makes it precious is that it ends.”

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