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Movie Review

The Amazing Spider-man 2 Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Fox. Directed by Mark Webb. Released by Sony Pictures/ Columbia/ Marvel Enterprises. Budget: $200 million.

Although the first “The Amazing Spider-man” was terrible, I decided to give the second a try considering since IMDB was rating it a 7.6/10 and 53/100 on metascore and, from the trailers, it seemed to have better villains than the first.

Wow, was I wrong.

Here’s a list, out of the huge number, of flaws with the movie:

  1. Why was there no mention of “with great power, comes great responsibility” in the entire movie? It’s the entire manta and theme to the Spider-man Universe. For whatever reason, this movie just doesn’t care about uncle Ben and his famous last words.
  2. Acting was sub-par. As with the first, Andrew Garfield makes a good spider-man, but a crappy Peter Parker. His interactions (as Parker) with Aunt May, Gwen Stacy, and even Harry Osborn were awkward and weak. At first glance, Dane DeHaan was a great pick to play Harry Osborn and the Green Goblin… but he just lacks the evil charisma to carry such a powerful villain. Jamie Fox played an interesting Electrode – but his character was such a throw-away – having only one purpose and then was deposed of.
  3. The flashbacks and interwoven story line of Peter’s parents was both annoying and unnecessary. Yes, it provided background and another layer to the plot. However, if the movie had not included it – the conclusion would have been the same. So what’s the point in having it there in the first place (other than making the movie another 40 minutes longer)?
  4. Half of the movie was a chick-flick with Peter and Gwen. Now, it wouldn’t be so bad if Gwen didn’t know that Parker was Spider-Man. That would have at least created some tension between the two. But since she already knew – the director created this weird plot device in regards to Peter’s regret about Gwen’s dad’s death – which was used terribly and written poorly. Concluding – I just didn’t believe (nor cared) why Peter and Gwen’s relationship was strained. There was no value in it.
  5. I’m not going to spoil the fight scenes for you – but be ready to be disappointed in Spider-man vs Goblin and Spider-man vs Rhino. Spider-man vs Electrode wasn’t bad, but somehow I get the feeling that the human body can only withstand so much voltage/wattage before you die. I guess Spider-man is the exception.

Things that would have greatly improved the movie:

  • Remove Mark Webb as the director. He has no idea how to direct a super-hero movie and worse, has no background in the Spider-man Mythos.
  • Tone down Peter’s wittiness. As Spider-man, Peter can be as smart alec as he wants. But as Peter, he’s supposed to be a lot like Clark Kent – awkward, uncharacteristic, and uncoordinated – ie. the last person you would think to be Spider-man.
  • Better fight scenes. Why did the movie have more scenes with Peter and Gwen trying to define their relationship than it had with Spider-man fighting villains?

My final assessment: two-stars

Some what entertaining – but definitely a snore-fest. Spider-man 2 (2004) is still way better.

Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as the Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Business Oversight in addition to being a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.