‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Movie Review – Too Much Too Soon
Quite frankly, there were a lot of things I didn’t like about the original The Amazing Spider-Man. So much so that I honestly wasn’t looking forward to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This actually does have some benefits because going into a movie without expectations can sometimes be a very rewarding experience. However, this is not the case with Marc Webb’s sequel for a variety of reasons. In short, the movie is an overcrowded mess that gets bogged down by a cheesy script and a wildly inconsistent plot. And yeah, that’s just a couple of the reasons.
Coming off of the typical origin story, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starts off with a flashback that serves as reminder that Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) backstory wasn’t completely filled in. Having been thrown on his aunt and uncle at a young age, Peter has never quite understood why his parents abandoned him.
Besides that, Peter also deals with the conflicts that come with being Spider-Man. There’s an awkward Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) character that is transformed into an off-kilter electronic maniac (aptly named Electro). There’s also Peter’s childhood friend, and billionaire, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) who needs Spider-Man to survive (and fix his combover).
If this wasn’t enough, the script also called for the continued love story/battle between Peter and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
As you can probably tell from the description, there is a lot going on in The Amazing Spider-Man. And by a lot, I mean there is way too much. The overstuffed plot also is super convenient. There are literally millions of people in New York, but of course the five characters we need to come together incidentally always seem to.
Gwen suffers the most from the convenience because she really has no business being in this movie other than to be Peter’s love interest. Of all the characters, she’s the one that has the least to do. Stricken to a desk job at Oscorp (the company Harry inherits early in the film), the filmmakers really stretched her character and character motivations thin.
Eventually the film does get to a point where it heads in the right direction. However, this point (which I wouldn’t even consider giving away) is a full two hours into the movie. It’s preceded by some lackluster characters (and silly villains), uneven pacing, and eye-rollingly cheesy moments.
The payoff is certainly not worth the wait.
Now…what can I concede The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does well? Going along with the first movie, the action sequences are fun to watch. Unlike some of the other superhero movies, Webb (and his filmmaking team) use a more video game-like design to their action sequences. Personally, I don’t find this all that interesting, but it certainly is unique.
Unfortunately, the style is about all I can praise. Everything else is a complete and utter mess. It’s almost as if Marc Webb (and writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner) couldn’t decide where to go with the plot, so they chose five characters, plotted them on a piece of paper, and tried to find some way, any way, to make the characters connect. What they got was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it was not nearly as “amazing” as one would hope.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is available nationwide. Check it out if you still want to see the movie.
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