THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 picks up where the first movie in this rebooted series stopped. Peter Parker is still angry at his father for leaving him with Aunt May when he was just a boy. He’s also torn between being with Gwen and protecting her from harm because of his Spider-Man identity. In fact, he’s haunted by images of Gwen’s dead father, who made Peter promise him to stay away from Gwen to protect her. As Peter ponders his problems, his Spider-Man persona must stop Electro, a super-villain with supercharged electrical powers. He also must battle a childhood friend who’s turned evil.
The script of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is slightly convoluted, but everything converges at the end, in a thrilling, action-packed climax. Despite the passionate romance between Peter Parker and Gwen, the movie is one of the cleanest superhero movies made in recent years. There’s only a light amount of mild foul language. Of course, there’s lots of action violence, plus some scary moments. Best of all, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 has many strong moral points promoting hope and goodness.
(BBB, C, Ro, L, VV, M) Very strong moral, light redemptive worldview of being a hero and a role model children can admire, appealing to the bad guys to turn away from evil, stop what they’re doing, or give up, trying to defuse a bad situation, protecting others, a positive father-son plot, extolling hope, a warning about the corrupting influence of power and resentment, and Aunt May says a heartfelt “Thank God” at a positive moment, plus some Romantic elements where the hero is torn between doing the right thing and following his feelings; four obscenities (two “h” words, one “d” word, and one use of “pissed) and four light profanities (such as, “Oh God” and “For Lord’s sake”); and, strong action violence, including a couple scary moments, includes a fighting and punching, hero struggles with villains, man gets electric shock, man falls into large vat with scary-looking radioactive electric eels that repeatedly shock him until he’s unconscious and the glass breaks, Spider-Man falls and swings and jumps while hurrying to emergences and fighting bad guys, vehicles crash, super-villain destroys parts of buildings and objects and endangers people with his electrical charges, villain attacks young woman, characters thrown into objects, people fall from great heights; no sex scenes, salacious content, or sexual immorality, but kissing and romance between two high school graduates; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, man overtly becomes greedy for godlike power over people, another villain becomes consumed with revenge, evil COO takes company away from its young heir, COO holds another man captive against his will, information about his parents is withheld from hero.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 picks up where the first movie in this rebooted series left off, with a new super-villain and some surprises along the way. It’s an exciting, emotionally involving superhero movie, with strong moral values and hardly any objectionable content. The movie opens with a rousing action sequence where Peter Parker as Spider-Man tries to stop a Russian gangster from stealing some vials of nuclear plutonium. Peter eventually succeeds, but he misses his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy’s, high school graduation speech and just barely makes it back in time to pick up his own diploma.
Peter Parker is a troubled young man. He’s still angry at his father for leaving him with Aunt May when he was just a boy. Peter is also torn between being with Gwen and protecting her from harm because of his Spider-Man identity. In fact, he’s haunted by images of Gwen’s dead father, who made Peter promise him to stay away from Gwen so that she won’t become a target of all the bad guys after Spider-Man. Eventually, Peter breaks off their relationship, even though Gwen demands that she be given a choice in the matter.
As Peter ponders his problems with Gwen and tries to find out more about his father, a milquetoast engineer at Oscorp named Max (played by Jamie Foxx) gets into trouble at the Oscorp lab that runs its electrical power. Oscorp’s evil COO is still experimenting with radioactive animals, insects and fish. When Max tries to fix the company’s electrical grid, he accidentally gets jolted by electricity and falls into a large vat full of scary radioactive electric eels. The next day, the COO thinks Max is dead, but Max wakes up in the morgue with super-electrical powers. At first, Max is bewildered, but he soon discovers he can become even more powerful by soaking up electricity with his hands. In his bewildered state, Max stumbles into Times Square. Peter and Gwen are walking nearby, discussing their situation. Peter dons his Spider-Man identity and tries to talk Max down, but a confrontation with police just unleashes Max’s anger. A suggestion from Gwen aids Peter in subduing Max.
However, the Oscorp COO gains control of Max at the local insane asylum to study him while holding him captive. Meanwhile, Harry Osborn, the young troubled heir to the Oscorp fortune, has the same fatal neurological disease as his dead father. Harry appeals to Spider-Man through Peter to donate a vial of Spider-Man’s radioactive super-blood to cure Harry. However, Spider-Man says it’s too dangerous because the blood probably isn’t compatible. This enrages Harry, who’s further enraged when the Oscorp COO strips Harry of his inheritance. Harry finds out Oscorp is holding Max captive. So, he decides to team up with Max and teach everyone a lesson. This leads to the movie’s supercharged finale.
The script of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is a little convoluted, with too many subplots to follow. Another one involves Peter’s search to find out the truth behind his father and mother’s strange disappearance. This subplot mirrors the one involving Harry and his dying father. Eventually, however, everything comes together at the end, in a thrilling, action-packed climax. The ending sets the stage perfectly for the next installment in Sony’s cinematic Spider-Man saga.
Despite the passionate romance between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is one of the cleanest superhero movies made in recent years. There’s only a light amount of mild foul language. Of course, there’s a lot of action violence, plus some scary moments, such as the scary looking electric eels that attack poor Max. So, caution is advised, especially for younger children. Even better, the movie has many strong moral points. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 teaches the importance of remaining hopeful in spite of hardship and tragedy. It also extols the importance of being a hero and a positive role model for children. In fact, it overtly encourages other people, including children, to stand up against evil.
The movie also contains warnings about the corrupting influence of power and resentment. In addition, several times while he’s battling the movie’s various villains, Spider-Man urges them to turn away from evil, stop what they’re doing, or give up. Thus, he almost always offers them a chance to reject the bad and choose the good. Finally, the movie has a positive father-son subplot that’s commendable. All in all, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is an excellent action movie that’s about as family-friendly as possible in this day and age right now, especially for a movie that’s rated PG-13.
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