Lamar's Review on The Amazing Spiderman 2
The Amazing Spiderman 2
I think when it’s all said and done the general consensus will be this movie is “not that bad”. This a term that is not only overused but most times used out of context. The term “not that bad should” only be used for things like taking your cousin to the prom, swallowing medicine, or drinking craft beers. I don’t want to see a movie that’s not that bad. I want to see a movie that’s awesome!
I'm not thinking this is the amazing Spider-Man as much as it's the convoluted Spider-Man. There are too many villains and the first one doesn't show up till half way through the movie. The second one until the end of the movie, and the last one right before the credits rolled. Jaime Fox is a nerdy worker that is obsessed with Spider-Man who has an industrial accident that turns him into Electro. Electro is a confusing, undefined villain. He is way more CGI than Jamie Fox and you never quite take him seriously.
This movie spends a quarter of the time being a romantic comedy with Emma Stone being cute, charming, and quirky as Gwen Stacy. And Andrew Garfield being a mostly not charming, pompous, smart ass Spider-Man part of the time and a whiney "I can't be with you, it's not safe, wait, I can't not be with you, I love you, Peter Parker the rest. This part of the also movie splits time between their romance, and the bromance between him and childhood friend Harry Osborne played by Dane DeHaan.
Not only is all this going on but we revisit the storyline of what happened to Peter's missing parents. This is the 5th Spiderman movie in 12 years, if we don’t understand who he is and how he got here by now, we must not really care. They have already scheduled number 3 to come out in 2016.
I liked Garfield as Peter Parker/Spiderman in the last one but not so much in this one. The chemistry between him and Emma Stone is good, and it should be since they live together. The problem is for a superhero movie to really work the villain is as important if not more so than the hero. That part was a total fail in this movie.
Rated PG-13 142 very long minutes.
The biggest mistake they made was having this movie come out after Captain America. Once the bar is set so high, you just cannot compete. It was the same tragic mistake made by both Canadian bacon and turkey bacon. Once you taste the real thing a knockoff winds up just being “not that bad”.
My Score: 3 Buds