Year of Release: 2014
Genre: Comic Book
Related To/Remake Of: The Amazing Spider-Man
Directed By: Marc Webb
Music By: Hans Zimmer
Starring: Andrew Garfield (as Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (as Max Dillon/Electro), Dane DeHaan (as Harry Osborn), Sally Field (as Aunt May), and a cameo by Paul Giamatti (as Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino)
Basic Plot: Peter Parker begins to unravel the mystery behind his parent’s disappearance, while trying to juggle his on-again/off-again relationship with Gwen Stacy. Peter’s friend, Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn, the man behind OsCorp, comes home to carry on his father’s legacy, while trying to halt the degeneration of his own health. And, to top things off, a mild-mannered OsCorp employee, who has been pushed around and ignored all of his life, has an accident which transforms him in to an electricity-sucking being dubbed “Electro”. In other words, there’s a lot going on here.
Rating (Out of 4): 2
Pros: Some good action scenes, and a good turn by all of the principal actors and actresses, particularly Dane DeHaan who gives a sympathetic performance as Harry.
Cons: Way too many plot points, kind of like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. The character of Max Dillon feels too cartoonish for the tone of the rest of the film. Finally, there is absolutely no reason to have Paul Giamatti in this film. His screentime as both Aleksei and Rhino amounts to about five minutes, in total.