The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a bloated mess and the worst in the series. Over the weekend The Amazing Spider-Man sequel opened and proved there's always room for a worse movie than Spider-Man 3. As a lifelong Spider-Man I was disappointed and here are some reasons why.
"We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp."
1. Character Motivations Are Pathetic
Electro is motivated by the fact that nobody notices him. But people notice him all the time. He just keeps saying, "Nobody notices me." He gets mad at Spider-Man because he doesn't remember him. Why would he? Who would make the connection between a black guy with a bad comb-over and a maniacal blue creature made of electricity in a hoodie? Then, when it's obvious people notice him he switches to stealing all the electricity for no reason. Harry Orborn's motivation makes a little sense, but it makes no sense when he becomes the Green Goblin. At least Sandman, the New Goblin and Venom had clear goals.
2. The Villains Do Nothing
After 142 minutes the villains accomplish nothing. In Spider-Man 3 the villain that had the least to do was Sandman and he had some really good bank robbery scenes. Even Venom had a little worth doing. Electro has a ridiculous plan to make himself important and it's stupid.
3. One Really Pointless Villain
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had three villains and one was absolutely useless. One was almost useless in that Green Goblin only shows up in the very end. Rhino was completely pointless. Paul Giamatti makes a great villain, but he had nothing to do but yell and threaten kids. He shows up in the beginning scene and the ending scene. That's it. Pointless. At least Venom had a story arc that was important to the final film. Rhino was an obvious attempt to lead into the "Sinister Six" movie.
4. Overly Long
They could have cut a half-hour out of this film and not missed it. Spider-Man 2 had the opposite problem. It felt rushed and could have used another half-hour.
5. It Feels Like Two Different Movies
There's some romance in the movie with long scenes of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. They felt completely separate from the high-energy action scenes. At least Spider-Man 3 had a romance that tied into the storyline of the New Goblin with Harry Osborn.
6. No Clear Message
When you leave The Amazing Spider-Man 2 you feel a sense of forgiveness. When you feel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 you feel nothing. There's no theme or message in the movie. It's just a bunch of noise.
7. Ridiculous Looking Villains
When the New Goblin shows up it's exciting. When Sandman comes in it's visually arresting. I started laughing when Rhino shows up. His mech suit looks ridiculous. Green Goblin's costume looks nothing like the comics and the explanation for why he wears it makes even less sense. Why jump on a glider? Electro looks alright, but when he wears his black costume they lost me. Not everyone looks good in leather pants.
8. Ridiculous Plot Holes
Spoiler Warning There are some dumb parts in Spider-Man. There are some stupid parts and there are parts that are absolutely moronic. Here's are the four biggest I noticed:
- They're torturing a man that absorbs electricity by electrocuting him?
- During his origin he gets covered in ash and breaks free. Why does Electro make pants when all his clothes are burned off?
- The Roosevelt train was designed to help President Roosevelt hide his wheelchair, so why would he build an elevator to hide the car under the tracks? Are we supposed to believe Richard Parker built the elaborate mechanisms in his spare time?
- If the spider venom could cure the Osborns then why didn't Norman use it before he died and all the spiders were destroyed?
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