BY Joanna Mendoza
I loved Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man movies from way back in the early 2000s. They felt like how superhero movies must be made. On the other hand, I don’t remember much about 2012’s Marc Webb reboot, except that it put me to sleep.
Judging from the 30-minute preview of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that we saw last night, however, the sequel won’t be anything like its predecessor. If those scenes were any indication, we’re in for an intense, seat-gripping ride. Or, at the very least, the movie won’t put us to sleep. Here are five reasons I’m truly looking forward to watching this sequel.
1. Those few minutes of suspense made me shiver the entire time.
I get like this every time I’m watching something I’m really excited about. One time, while watching an episode of Survivor: Cagayan, my insides wouldn’t stop shivering I feared all the teeth-clattering would wake my sons.
They showed us the first 15 minutes. The first few seconds felt quite tense and it quickly got crazy. I can’t say much but, boy, do I want to go back to my 20s and be in the theme park version of that airplane ride.
2. Andrew Garfield’s enthusiasm is infectious.
What followed was Peter Parker swinging from building to building, having the time of his life. I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for Tobey Maguire’s awkward geek-to-the-core Spidey, but my husband said that in the comics, Spidey was more like Andrew Garfield‘s version: really talkative and (to me, at least) borderline annoying.
Perhaps it was because of Garfield’s natural charm that he could make non-believers like me look past the commentary overload, the patronizing, the condescension, and the arrogance and actually enjoy his take on Spidey. So much joy was radiating from him I felt the audience actually felt it. Forget Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield is the super here.
3. Emma Stone, you’ve been missed.
Well, not so much, because whatever void she left (or maybe was taken out of?) was quickly filled by Jennifer Lawrence. But still. House Bunny.
The scene between Garfield’s Peter Parker and Stone’s Gwen Stacy made my husband proclaim allegiance to the Avengers group of movies. He was a little thrown by the cuteness overload. To him, it felt a little teenybopper. I agree. The scene did feel like it belonged to a CW television show, but it worked. Even if no one was being flung across tall buildings and the extras in the scene weren’t running for their lives, it was just as intense as the suspenseful parts of the preview.
4. Jamie Foxx’s Electro comes with a manic, angry soundtrack.
As if Jamie Foxx and conflicted villains in general weren’t bad-ass enough. Every time Electro had a surge of emotions, loud rock music played in the background. The music helped add to the tension and suspense. My wildly beating heart (first because of the Andrew+Emma of it all, then Electro and his OST) definitely took a beating from this sequence.
5. Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn is crazy mad.
In the preview, the bad guys were very angry. We at least saw Electro being meek and normal-like, but DeHaan was just crazy angry. Excited to see more of that.
One thing I’m probably not going to like though…
There was a little too much stuff-being-thrown-in-your-face type of 3D. With the way 3D-viewing has evolved over the years, I feel that this approach is rather crude. It looked well done, but in the 30 minutes that we’ve seen so far, there was quite a lot of it. There was too much of it I couldn’t help thinking that maybe my husband was right after all. Defending his beloved Avengers, he said that whereas the Avengers group of movies are grown-up and bad-ass, the Spidey reboot–thanks to the cutesy romance, loud music, and in-your-face special effects–feels rather immature and shallow.
Well yes, but then again, Peter Parker just graduated high school. He doesn’t have the wisdom and experience of Tony Stark, nor the maturity and old-school coolness of Captain America. So I say let the kid have some fun. Who knows? Maybe we will, too.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, to be distributed by Columbia Pictures, opens in Philippine cinemas on April 30, 2014.