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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [2014] (3 discs)

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Director:Marc Webb
Writer:Alex Kurtzman
Jeff Pinkner
Roberto Orci
Composer:Hans Zimmer
Johnny Marr
Junkie XL
Michael Einziger
Pharrell Williams
Length:142 minutes
(2 hours 22 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:53%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones.


Reaction: A bit muddled and unfocused, but there are sequences that work well enough.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Marc Webb => Director
Alex Kurtzman => Writer
Jeff Pinkner => Writer
Roberto Orci => Writer
Hans Zimmer => Composer
Johnny Marr => Composer
Junkie XL => Composer
Michael Einziger => Composer
Pharrell Williams => Composer
Andrew Garfield => Spider-Man / Peter Parker
B.J. Novak => Alistair Smythe
Cal McCrystal => Principal Conway
Campbell Scott => Richard Parker
Chris Cooper => Norman Osborn  (uncredited)
Colm Feore => Donald Menken
Dane DeHaan => Green Goblin / Harry Osborn
Denis Leary => Captain Stacy  (uncredited)
Embeth Davidtz => Mary Parker
Emma Stone => Gwen Stacy
Felicity Jones => Felicia
Greg Connolly => Osborn Butler
J.D. Walsh => Dr. Jallings - Science Investigator
Jamie Foxx => Electro / Max Dillon
Jamie Lynn Concepcion => Jorge's Mother
Jorge Vega => Jorge
Kari Coleman => Helen Stacy
Louis Cancelmi => Man in Black Suit
Martin Sheen => Uncle Ben  (uncredited)
Marton Csokas => Dr. Ashley Kafka
Max Charles => Young Peter Parker
Michael Massee => Gustav Fiers (The Gentleman)
Paul Giamatti => Aleksei Sytsevich
Sally Field => Aunt May
Sarah Gadon => Kari
Skyler Gisondo => Howard Stacy
Stan Lee => Graduation Guest

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Emma Stone personally wrote Gwen's graduation speech.
  • [?] Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary-Jane Watson, and even filmed scenes. But her role was cut from the film because the filmmakers felt there were too many characters and wanted to streamline the series.
  • While filming Peter and Gwen's first reunion after their break up, Andrew Garfield's heel was run over by a taxi.
  • Felicity Jones's role was significantly cut down due to time constraints. In an interview, Jones stated that she would be an ally to Harry Osborn/Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and at one point, even let it slip that she was playing "the Goblin's girlfriend". Though a small scene showing her alliance to Harry was in the final cut, scenes that implied that there were romantic feelings between the two characters were cut from the film.
  • When this Sony (Columbia) film was shown in theaters, a mid-credits teaser for Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past, produced by 20th Century Fox, was included. Director Marc Webb violated a contract with Fox to make a film for them after The Amazing Spider-Man in order to return to Sony for this franchise; thus Sony had to agree to promote Fox's [X-Men] movie for free. The scene, which was not included in the video release, is unusual for a mid-credits teaser, in that it is actual footage from the film it is promoting (the scene in Vietnam with Stryker/Mystique).
  • Chris Cooper who plays Norman Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man 2 had been considered for the role of Doctor Otto "Octopus" Octavius in Spider-Man 2.
  • The humorously hateful news boss J. Jonah Jameson, one of the most iconic characters in Spider-man's mythos, was never mentioned in The Amazing Spider-Man. In this sequel he is spoken of frequently but never appears. The producers claimed they could not find an actor to measure up to J.K. Simmons' legendary portrayal of this character in Sam Raimi's Spider-man films. Stan Lee, the writer who came up with the idea for these characters and makes cameo appearances in all the films, has often said he would volunteer to play Jameson if he (Lee) were 30 or 40 years younger.
  • When Spider-Man and Electro fling one another at the climactic fight, the heavy bass version of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," a running gag in this series, can be heard when the electric nodes are hit.
  • This is the first Spider-Man film to not feature any new footage of Uncle Ben. He does appear in the film but only in stock footage in the beginning, taken from The Amazing Spider-Man.
  • When Peter interrupts Gwen on her way to her final interview for Oxford, upon realising where they are, Peter's rambling to the receptionist was improvised several times by Andrew Garfield, and the producers and director chose their favourite version from among all the takes that were recorded.
  • To promote this film, Jamie Foxx briefly changed his Twitter user-name to "Electro".
  • Dane DeHaan plays Harry Osborne who was previously played by James Franco. Both these actors have also both played [?] James Dean.
  • Paul Giamatti loved the Russian accent he used for Aleksei Sytsevich: "He's a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains. My accent is pretty hammy. It seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible. It was really fun."
  • [?] Jane Levy and Kristen Stewart were both considered for the role of Mary Jane, before the character was dropped from the story.
  • [?] Alden Ehrenreich, [?] Brady Corbet, [?] Eddie Redmayne, Sam Claflin, [?] Douglas Booth and Boyd Holbrook were considered to play Harry Osborn.
  • [?] Jean Dujardin, Mads Mikkelsen and [?] Damian Lewis were considered for the part of Electro.
  • Jamie Foxx is the first African-American to play a villain in the Spider-man films.
  • When Spider-Man ties Gwen's hand to the cop car hood with a web and swings away, Gwen yells "Peter!" after him and covers her mouth with her hand. This was a genuine mistake by Emma Stone, who was supposed to say Spider-man not Peter, and covering her mouth at the mistake was the genuine reaction of the actress, not the character. Director Marc Webb called it a happy accident and left it in because it was so well performed that it did not break character.
  • When Electro is cruelly interrogating Menken with cardiac arrest, Dane DeHaan impulsively started to whistle the [Jeopardy] theme. Producer [?] Matthew Tolmach decided this was in character for the maddened Harry and was too good to remove or record over, therefore decided to pay the copyright fee for its use.
  • Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper are the first Oscar winners to portray Spider-Man villains. However, Cooper's Norman Osborne does not become a villain in this continuity although he did in the comic book.