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|Originaltitel:||The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 143 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The fact that in 2012, just five years after the end of Sam Raimi's successful superhero trilogy, "The Amazing Spider-Man" was the next reboot of the "Spider-Man" story to hit the cinemas not only met with approval from fans and critics. Marc Webb has created a good Spidy film. But even though he tried to win some new pages for the story, the whole thing seemed too familiar to be able to really inspire. But this didn't hurt the success of the movie. With a worldwide income of almost 750 million dollars, the new start was not quite as successful as Raimi's films. Nevertheless, the whole thing was a good foundation stone on which to build a strong and more successful franchise. And so it's hardly surprising that part 2 of the "The Amazing Spider-Man" series is now more obviously going its own way and can offer old and new fans an exciting and entertaining adventure - if the expectations are right.
In "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro" Peter Paker (Andrew Garfield) still fights with the memories of the events from the first film. Actually, he could just enjoy doing good as a superhero and being admired by people. And also in his relationship with Gwen (Emma Stone) everything is going well. But the promise he made to her dying father and the secret about his own parents' past hang like a dark shadow over Peter. Peter has to realize how closely his personal problems are connected with the dangers for the inhabitants of New York, when his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) appears, who desperately needs the blood of Spider-Man and when the creepy Electro (Jamie Foxx) makes the city unsafe. Because Peter's father, as well as Gwen, Electro and Harry have one thing in common: a direct connection to OsCorp. Only here will Peter find the answers to all his questions - but the price for this is damn high…
For "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro" a very aggressive marketing campaign was started, which in numerous trailers and clips put a special emphasis on the action of the film. While some feared a completely overloaded comic frenzy, the trailers increased the anticipation of others for cool non-stop action. The latter could be rather disappointed by their expectations of this very successful continuation. For much of the film deals more with Peter Parker, his relationship to Gwen and the search for the truth about his parents than with Spider-Man's fight against bad guys. If you're angry with the word "romance", you could twist your eyes in some scenes. That would be a shame, though, because Webb has good reasons why he puts this aspect of the story in the center of this second movie. Which these are, of course, are not to be betrayed here, but so much can be betrayed: Peter Parker needs to experience all that happens in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro" so that Spider-Man can become the one he is at the end of his life.
The good mood hero, who at the beginning still decorates his fight against gangsters with a cool one-liner, may fit a teenager who just found out he has super powers. But in order to accomplish the tasks that lie ahead, Peter needs to understand the extent of his abilities and the responsibilities that lie with them. The path Webb lets him follow until he gets there is not only lined by events that physically challenge him, but especially by those that shape his character, take away his youthful light-heartedness and make him a darker, but for the viewer also more interesting character. How successful this was can only be guessed in the end and will only be shown in the later parts.
Naturally "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro" but still not a lengthy character study. Even though there are a lot of scenes that are rather carried by dialogues than by action, this one still doesn't get a raw deal. Already the opening sequence, which reveals more about the fate of Richard (Campbell Scott) and Mary Parker (Embeth Davidtz), brings the adrenalin of the audience to boil. And when Spidy swings himself through the streets of New York to spoil the later Rhino Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti)'s explosive raid, an extremely stirring tempo is called for. The appearance of Electro and the grand finale with the Green Goblin also ensure that action fans get their money's worth here.
Which brings us to the villains of the film. While Rhino only plays a very small role and only appears briefly in the last minutes, Electro and Green Goblin make life quite difficult for the spider man. Now you could criticize that Green Goblin is not getting the most out of Electro and not everything that this interesting scoundrel would have given. And even if that may be true, Marc Webb has succeeded very well in giving both characters a complexity that makes them not replaceable evil, but almost tragic characters. Both the intensely acting Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle") and a wonderfully balancing Jamie Foxx on the edge of madness really get the most out of their roles. And it's this good play of the two actors that reinforces the impression that one would have liked to see more of Electro and Green Goblin.
As a sequel "The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro" is a winner all along the line. The characters and the story will be developed further and also the quality of the action and the special effects are a noticeable improvement to the predecessor. However, it must also be said that all "Spider-Man" fans who couldn't befriend Andrew Garfield's first appearance as a legendary Marvel hero will hardly be enthusiastic about this second part either. In return, director Webb consistently continues the path he took in Part 1, both stylistically and dramaturgically. But if you liked "The Amazing Spider-Man", you shouldn't miss this better sequel. Despite some minor weaknesses, this is a great popcorn cinema. And for that there is a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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