So, instead of updating my Transformers fic or working on my novel, I took the time to watch my favorite scenes in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this afternoon. It was worth it. I just… I absolutely love this movie. And what comic book/superhero movies are developing in to.
I’m not really going to analyze these scenes, I’m just pointing them out. Although I do suggest you watch the ENTIRE movie (and Amazing Spider-Man 1) to get the context. Especially with Peter Parker and Gwen’s relationship.
Ever since I was a little girl, I always, always, always loved three genres: action-adventure, romance, and a little drama (though movies like Milo and Otis still haunt me *shudders*) And as I grew into an adult, suspense movies were added to my list of favorite genres.
Now, Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t really have horror. But it is continuing to change the game of villain’s character developments. There are three villains in ASM 2.
First up is Aleksei Sytsevich (later becoming the notorious bad guy, Rhino) played by the AMAZING Paul Giamatti. *squeal*
Heheehe!! I absolutely LOVE that action sequence. Just… *gestures wildly* DELICIOUS.
But Rhino is not the main villain of ASM 2. He only appears at the beginning, and at the very end of the movie.
Elector and Harry Osborn (The Green Goblin) both have interesting M.O.’s throughout the movie.
We first meet Electro in that clip above. Max Dillon (played by Jaime Foxx) is an electrician at Oscorp. And… as you can see, he’s ignored. By everyone. At least until he meets Spidey and, later, Gwen Stacy. He naturally becomes obsessed with the blue-and-red superhero. And when he gets superpowers of his own (from an unfortunate accident involving eels), he looks to Spider-Man for help.
The music playing underneath the battle sequence just beautifully adds to the scene (called “My Enemy”). Dialogue, character development. And, of course, action. It almost makes you wonder: if the cop hadn’t taken the shot, would Electro and Spidey be allies? A brilliant “What if–?” moment!
And, finally, here’s a personally heart-wrenching scene.
For those that haven’t seen the movie (and care about spoilers), I issue a
Gwen Stacy’s death.
The Spidey fandom theorized that Gwen would die in this movie. And, boy, I wish they were wrong. But I had a nagging instinct that this was going to happen. This scene still beautifully tugs at my heart. Good God. I was literally sitting here, crying, AGAIN at Andrew Garfield’s performance.
What is absolutely a killer is how they draw it out. They make you think “Oh, no. She’s fine. Just knocked out.” And then, AND THEN, you see the blood…
I mean, YOU SEE IT. RIGHT IN HER EYES. As she’s falling, SHE KNOWS. SHE KNOWS PETER WON’T CATCH HER IN TIME.
GAHHHH. Just–*feels* EVERY. FREAKING. TIME.
Yeah. I’ll be over here. In the corner. Crying.
I really, really look forward to Amazing Spider-Man 3. It’s hard to say goodbye to Gwen. BUT I’m excited to see what they do with Mary Jane, and the future of the franchise. (Maybe we’ll even get Spidey teaming up with Avengers? PLEEEEEASE??!)