I was pretty stoked to have been invited by the good people of Columbia Pictures' local office to get an advanced look at some footage of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This is the first time I've been invited for such a thing, so imagine my fanboy glee to be sitting in a swanky movie preview room surrounded by well-known bloggers! They then gave us high-tech 3D glasses to wear, and we were on our way!
We first come face to face with...The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb! Well, a videotaped recording of him anyway. He welcomed us to the screening and introduced us to the footage we were about to see.
The first footage shown was the first 10 minutes of the movie, where we saw some very spoilerish things involving Peter Parker's parents and The Amazing Spider-Man zipping and winging and flying across New York City in pursuit of Paul Giamatti's Rhino, who has hijacked a truck carrying another truck that's carrying stolen Oscorp goods. You've actually seen most of Spider-Man's high-flying antics in the full trailers, but they all pale in comparison to seeing it in 3D. I actually had to catch my breath during some of the dizzying death drops! It's like Spider-Man: The Ride!
Next was this sweet clip with Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone) trying to rekindle their relationship after the events of The Amazing Spider-Man, and it hammers home just how much better this Peter-Gwen dynamic is than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst's Peter-Mary Jane. Garfield and Stone have so much chemistry together that watching them flirt and skirt the issue was unbearably kilig-y! Of course, Peter Parker can't have a normal date without dudes like Electro (played by Jamie Foxx) raining bolts of electrical mayhem on your parade, which leads to a one-sided showdown between Spider-Man and Electro. This sequence once again displays some awesome cinematography and CGI work that lets you see the world of Spider-Man through his eyes and looks amazing in 3D.
The last clip we saw was a scene with Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) trying to convince Electro to join forces and destroy Spider-Man. Some of you may have laughed at the concept of Electro being in this movie, but the people behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have taken the concept of electricity-based powers to their terrifying conclusion, and this clip now makes me both scared and excited to know how the hell Spidey will defeat him!
And just like that, it was over. Never has thirty minutes of 3D footage made me want more. Bottom line is, Spider-Man was born to be 3D, and the 3D in this movie is killer. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shaping up to be one of the very, very few movies I will watch in 3D first.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in the Philippines on April 30.