This was originally going to be a review of The Amazing Spiderman 2. Now I'll just call it "Dane Dehaan is the Man (and Spiderman is there too). Seriously. Dane Dehaan. He needs to be cast in every movie from here on out. The guy absolutely steals every scene he is in and brings a gravitas to the role that it feels so established in the world, even though he's not introduced until like 30 minutes in. And the arc his character goes through is one of the most natural and evolving I've seen in film. It's amazing to think that the entire movie wasn't about him because, leaving the theater, that was all I could think about and all I could hear from those around me. He stole the movie. If he's not somehow in the third one, I'm breaking legs.
Do I even need to say this? Obviously Peter and Gwen are incredible together since Garfield and Stone are a real life couple so their chemistry is off the charts. Makes for several scenes that really leave a mark since the dialogue comes off as so natural. I'm sure some of my favorite lines were improv because of just how natural they were. Then again, maybe Stone and Garfield are just really good actors. Or something. Also, thank you for just having them take realistic relationship photos for Peter to look at and not some photoshopped monstrosity. Much appreciated.
I think the story is a little bit of a mess, given that it featured soooooo much. I could have done without the entire opening scene but hey, I guess it makes the payoff later much more refreshing. But the best part is that they really treat it like Spider-man is constantly fighting and he's already been through plenty of struggles, which we see part of, but more so than the Raimi films where it was all a contained period of time. This movie has months go by in seconds, which is very uncommon for a comic book movie, although I could be wrong.
Oh yeah, and did I mention Dane Dehaan?