Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review [Spoiler-Free]

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Directed by Marc Webb
Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner
Starring Andrew Garfield, Jaime Foxx, Emma Stone
A Studio Film by Columbia Pictures

I grew up reading Spider-Man comics and justifiably still do, because they’re some of the most thought provoking, brilliant and innovative stories ever written. However, the characters of the Spider-Man comic book universe have never fared creatively well in any media outside of comics. The comics Steve Ditko and Stan Lee created in the ‘60s are today not only considered groundbreaking, they’re treated as national treasures. So why steer clear of such greatness when it comes to telling their stories outside of the printed page?

Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 falls into wishy-washy territory edging dangerously close to the disaster that was 2007’s Spider-Man 3. ASM 2 suffers from far too many antagonists, lack of direction, horrid character development and – even worse – dreadful writing. Hell, even the soundtrack’s dismal. Jaime Foxx’s Max Dillon/Electro is reminiscent of Superman 3’s Gus Gorman (shitty incidental music and all).

In ASM 2, gone is the source material that made characters such as Harry Osborn, the conflicted friend and enemy to Peter Parker, matter. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone did superb jobs with what they were given here by Webb and company, but even they weren’t enough in stopping this avalanche of excreta that poured out of the screen (in 3D!). Newcomer Dane DeHaan brought absolutely nothing to the role of Osborn. If anything, DeHaan’s acting invoked thoughts of Hayden Christensen’s performance as failed Jedi wannabe Anakin Skywalker in Attack of the Clones. Say what you will about the original Sam Raimi trilogy, but one of the greatest and most underrated arcs in those films was the tension that Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker) and James Franco (Harry Osborn) portrayed on the screen. Paul Giamatti as the Rhino was also wasted in this film with a whopping screen time of about about 4 minutes. Remember what I said earlier about character development? Sony obviously feels that the more bad guys, bright lights, action and CGI (which was rather excellent I might add) the more profits it will gain. Those were the main creative reasons Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 sucked (he didn’t even want to have Venom in the SM3 as he felt it’d bog the story down). Guess what? He was right! It’s also the same reason that the entire cast quit from making a fourth film. These Spider-Man films are quickly becoming what the post-Michael Keaton ‘90s Batman movies were, and we all saw how wonderfully well those all worked out. Hopefully moviegoers will get sick of being bamboozled and Sony will lose enough money that maybe, just maybe, Disney will come to the rescue of this franchise, purchase the film licensing rights back from Sony and hand them to Marvel, the only people who could ever bring a character as complex and intriguing as the Amazing Spider-Man to life.

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Chuck Livid

Chuck Livid hails from Miami, Florida. He did a zine in the '90s called Muddy Chaos and is best known for his work with independent music label Livid Records. Chuck lives in Boca Raton, Fl with his wife illustrator Helena Garcia and their son Nico. He founded TuffGnarl.com and hosts TuffGnarl.com's official music podcast - Another Music Podcast which is available on iTunes & Google Play

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