The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
For Peter Parker, life is busy. Between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen Stacy, high school graduation cannot come quickly enough. Peter has not forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away, but that is a promise he cannot keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro, emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
It's no definitive masterpiece but it's damn close.
This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.
I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.
I didn’t really have many expectations going into the movie (good or bad), but I actually really enjoyed it. I really liked the characters and the banter between them.
There's nothing much to say here. I had no idea I could be disappointed by a movie I wasn't even remotely excited for. I didn't like the first Amazing Spider-Man but it was a average movie as a whole, this movie somehow takes all the problems I had with the first one and either got rid of them and introduced some more, or kept them and somehow made them worse. The acting, unlike the original, is awful. No one is enthusiastic about anything and literally no one gave a damn. Electro looks stupid and his origin is just as stupid and Peter's romance with Gwen is inconsistent and not believable in the slightest. It's not as dark as the original but when it does try to get dark and dramatic they fail on every level. The ending, when Gwen dies and Peter is distraught I did not feel a single bit of emotion because they're relationship was done so badly and the acting never convinced me. I honestly do not get why so many people like and defend this movie as it completely bastardizes the Spider-Man character.
Where do we start: The villains in this movie are HORRIBLY underused. Electro gets defeated by Spider-Man in THEIR FIRST FIGHT and the focus is taken off of him until the movie's climax and this was supposed to be the main villain (or atleast for most of the movie until it was time for Harry to become the Goblin), he got an origin story and everything. Say what you want about Spider-Man 3 (and trust me there's a lot to be said about that movie) but atleast when they took the focus off of a villain they had another Spider-Man could fight. This movie had no one else to focus on after Electro was taken out, Harry was still being developed and Rhino didn't appear until the very end of the movie leaving the entire middle part revolving around a storyline that no one didn't care about to begin with. They tried to copy Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight formula with Harvey Dent with Harry's character in this movie by making him a villain towards the end of the movie but they completely FAILED to understand how Nolan made it work. Besides being looked at as a Joker movie, The Dark Knight can also be looked at as the rise and fall of Harvey Dent as well. Nolan build Harvey up as the White Knight of Gotham and towards the mid-section of the movie, Harvey takes a turn into the Dark side, becoming Two Face and all. This movie probably cut out a huge chunk of Harry's story which left his entire character underdeveloped, they cut out all of his Goblin scenes leading up to the climax of the movie. His fight scene with Spider-Man lasted under a minute. I could go on with how they screwed up Harry's character. The tone was all over the place. One of the few things I loved about TASM1 was how different the tone was compared to the Raimi movies. That completely got thrown away in this movie and they made this movie even more goofier than the Raimi movies. The action scenes are underwhelming. People go on and on about how the action scenes are good but I have no idea why. The beginning action scene with Rhino before he became Rhino was stupid. The Times Square fight with Electro ended when it was starting to get good, the final fight with Electro was decent but the whole save the planes from crashing against each other ruined it and you basically saw the entire Clock Tower scene with Goblin and Gwen's death in the trailers. The advertising was horrible. Who ever thought it was a good idea to show Rhino and Green Goblin in the advertising deserves to be fired. Electro should've been marketed as the main villain, Rhino should've been taken out of the movie completely, and Goblin should've been kept a secret. They showed the entire movie in the trailers and after looking at the film, now we know why. The movie was very hard to market because of how all over the place it was. This movie should've just been about Peter/Gwen's relationship after Captain Stacy's death, Electro, and The Osborns. The movie should've ended after Gwen's death. Instead of cutting out all of the important stuff regarding the villains and characters. They should've removed all of this universe building that was tacked on at the end of the movie. This movie had the potential to be great had they gotten another director, Sony wasn't so hands on, and they had gotten better screenplay writers.
This follow up to the Andrew Garfield-starring reboot of the SPIDER-MAN franchise is marginally better than its predecessor, but that really isn't saying much. This is another overblown, bloated, and unappealing mess of a movie, with a ridiculously overlong running time at two and a half hours. It just goes on and on and on, through the same old plot scenarios (the Green Goblin AGAIN?) and cheesy romance already witnessed in the Sam Raimi trilogy, and failing to add anything new whatsoever. Okay, so the CGI web-slinging scenes are better, but the film is still light and superficial and doesn't even try to connect on an emotional level. Garfield is stuck playing an immature character and the rest of the cast aren't much better. This film is at its best in the energetic opening and closing sequences, both starring a cameoing Paul Giamatti, and in the scenes involving Jamie Foxx's entertaining villain. The rest is merely mundane, and the 3D effects are completely uninspiring too.
Maybe I should have expected this movie to be bad. The previous Spiderman movies with Toby Maguire were coated in a syrupy view of life. Virgin youth fighting cartoonish villains in a rich man's landscape. This one is more of the same, just worse. Andrew Garfield portrayed Peter Parker as an impatient, sullen teen laying around his room. Then swinging about in New York with a whole different personality. Emma Stone portrays his girlfriend who graduates high school and in the next scene in a high tech Oscorp corporate job. What? The movie portrays a rich man's landscape where those to be envied are the 1%ers and the battlefield is New York where this week's monster villain sprays bullets at random, but no one is actually killed. Blocks of New York are destroyed but no one is actually killed. No one is shown homeless due to the goings on. Ridiculous. Maybe it is the intended audience they are appealing to, teens and man-children. I can suspend belief and enjoy Sci-fi movies but the landscape has to be just a bit believable. Consequences happen, except in Marvel movies. Poor Jamie Foxx is one of the villains, unrecognizable under makeup after the transformation. He is cast as a nerd, a nobody. See nerds are still acceptable to make fun of, to be the focus of human meanness. Previously that person would have been a Stepin Fetchit or some ethnic class but that is no longer PC to do but the meanness is still there. The desire to ridicule, the need to have a justification for offensive behavior. It's fun for the audience to make fun of people. You just have to pick the ones no one will object to. So the nerd. Jerry Lewis made a whole career out of it. Typically the action sequences were filled with CGI that ignores any real physics but are fun to watch. Human interactions are sappy, banal, and adolescent. It would be nice to see a special effects movie peopled by complex adults. I guess the audience isn't there.