There are such things as bad movies, especially in this day and age. Some

movie studios are so desperate for box office success that they’ll pour money into

promotion and star power, but leave the actual development of the movie last on

their to-do list. The result can be rushed, dragged in pacing, horribly acted, and

working on nothing but half-baked or ridiculous ideas. This type of letdown can

disappoint or even anger certain viewers, especially if the film is part of a reboot of a

beloved franchise (that did not end on the highest of notes). So to all of the

moviegoers who adored the action-packed, imaginative, and all around fun of Sam

Raimi’s original films about your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, prepare for a

rather stinging slap in the face.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the 2nd

Spider-Man franchise, is so silly and ridiculous in all the wrong ways that Peter

Parker with an emo haircut dancing to jazz in a bar may be sorely missed on the


Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is graduating high school, madly in love with

Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and is praised by New York City for his crime-fighting

work as Spider-Man. One person who gives the web slinger a disturbing amount of

fanfare is Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), an electrical expert at Oscorp who is nearly

invisible to everyone around him. When he is killed in an unfortunate (and, to be

honest, ridiculously silly) accident, he gains the power to harness electricity and

begins to terrorize a city that shunned him under the name Electro. On top of that,

Peter deals with the return of his old childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan)

and concern for the safety of his girlfriend. Soon, Peter realizes that Oscorp may

have more to do with him and his dead parents than he thought and risk the safety

of the ones he loves to stop the evil forces at his door.

What’s truly amazing about “Amazing Spider-Man 2” is its ability to be totally

rushed in its 142 minute length, but also how it drags on and on with little to no

excitement whatsoever. Spider-Man himself only appears in the film about 7-8 times

in nearly two and a half hours, while light is attempted to be shed on Peter and

Gwen’s relationship, Electro’s back story, Harry’s back story, Peter’s life at home

with his Aunt May (the always delightful Sally Field), and Peter’s investigation of his

father’s science. The film is overstuffed with plot and characters that have scenes

cut short or end up pointless. Accompanying these rushed scenes is awfully cheesy

dialogue (which apparently needed 3 writers to be this groan-inducing) and

annoyingly fast editing. The acting can be horrible too, mainly from Paul Giamatti’s

cartoony accent as Russian mobster turned robo-rhino Aleksei Sytsevich

(thankfully, his screen time is short). Mr. Foxx has the right character as the

obsessive fan scorned, but he just doesn’t feel right for the part on-screen, especially

when he turns blue and dons a rubber outfit Batman would probably sue him for.

DeHaan most famous role to date is his turn as the paranoid, emotionally unstable

Andrew from 2012’s exceptional “Chronicle.” He basically has half of that character

here along with a somewhat enjoyable hammy villain character, until he turns into

the Green Goblin but looks like The Grinch.

To the film’s credit, it’s male and female leads still have the spark that

worked in the previous installment. Peter and Gwen have great chemistry, playing

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off each other and acting speechless around their own adorableness. It’s easy to see

why Stone and Garfield are a couple in real life, because they have a spark that puts

a smile on the face of any romantic. The special effects are also pretty impressive,

with great shots of Spider-Man swinging around the city and pulling of aerial stunts

against bad guys. Clearly this is where most of the money went (along with the

constant product placement of Sony technology).

But still, the little good cannot help the monstrous bad in this sour superhero

sequel. Serious scenes are either too ridiculous to take seriously or just fall flat

entirely. The suspension of disbelief is stretched to baffling proportions and the

laws of science are scoffed at throughout the movie. The silliness in “Amazing

Spider-Man 2” rivals that of the equally disastrous “Batman & Robin.” At least the

latter film can be enjoyed while pointing out its stupidity. Here, Spider-Man just

disappoints nearly scene after scene with little to no fun, no suspense, and barely

any investment in most of the characters. There are also moments the comic book

nerds will not be too pleased about, but I’m sure the disappointment of Marvel fans

means little to the filmmakers here. With 2 more films on the way, let’s hope Spider-
Man learns to care as much about the audience as we do about his returns to the big

screen. Until that great responsibility is taken seriously, avoid this movie at all costs.

Final Verdict: 1 out of 4 stars

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