Hello interweb, Nate here! FINALLY!!! The last Spider-man movie before I watch Spider-man: Homecoming! Which turns out might not be this weekend but next weekend since I’m waiting to see it with my uncle (and no his first name isn’t “Ben”). However, this does let me take a break from the Spidey films so I can actually sit down and finish my Everything Wrong With: “The Dark Knight Returns” Pt. 3. Anyways, SPOILER WARNING and leggo!
Movie Title: The Amazing Spider-man 2
Produced by: Marvel Comics
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Writer: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner
Director: Marc Webb
Producer: Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach
Running Time: 2 hrs 22 min
This is by far the worst Spider-man movie made. Yes, even worse than Spider-man 3. While both Spider-man 3 and The Amazing Spider-man 2 both suffered from too many villains resulting in underdeveloped and underutilized characters, the thing that saved Spider-man 3 from being a god awful film in my eyes is the fact that I saw so much potential in it that I feel could’ve been turned into a great movie if the higher ups would to have just shut the hell up and let Sam Raimi’s creative juices flow. This movie? I honestly don’t see how any of the characters could’ve worked in any circumstances. Another mark against this film is just how much is strays from the comics for no rhyme or reason. Sure, I gave that same criticism to the last movie, The Amazing Spider-man, but that movie was actually a pretty decent flick where the characters made sense and the story was cohesive enough that I kinda gave a pass on it. This film has none of that. While there are a few elements in this movie that was still pretty good – the romance between Spider-man and Gwen Stacy (while annoying at times with the whole “I love you but I’m breaking your dad’s promise so I can’t be with you even though I wanna”) was adorable, Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy remains a much better character than Christen Dunst’s Mary Jane ever was, and the action was thrilling to watch and fun to enjoy. Even though these good elements remained in this movie, there’s so much crap in here that it’s hard for me to enjoy the movie considering all that’s in it.
So let’s take a step back and discuss out story. Spider-man has became a beloved hero to New York with many adoring fans throughout the city. One of those fans happens to be Max Dillon, an electrical engineer at Oscorp who becomes obsessed with Spider-man after Spidey saves him. After a freak accident involving electric eels, Max become living electricity and for some bizarre reason inexplicably begins to hate Spider-man and becomes the villain Electro. No seriously, that’s what happens. Becomes a Spidey fanatic, turns all sparkly, now he hates Spidey, and it’s time for the cheesy supervillain alias. Now as annoying as Electro is in this, it gets worse when you realize he’s not the only villain of the movie as Peter’s old friend, Harry Osbourne, loses his father to a genetic disease that he also inherited and wish to find a cure. To do this, he believes he requires Spider-man’s blood but after the whole Lizard thing in the last movie Peter’s afraid to give it to him (which didn’t make much sense to me but I’ll get to why in a bit). He then becomes the villain Green Goblin after teaming up with Electro. During Peter’s off time from Spider-man, he uncovers the mystery of what happened to his parents. So yeah, quite a lot of plot to go through in 2 hours and I’ll need to break down each subplot to explain why it does or doesn’t work. Oh, and Rhino’s in this! (For 5 minutes)
So let’s talk about the good stuff first since there’s so much crap in this movie that I’ll probably be ranting about that for a bit. The chemistry between Peter and Gwen is definitely there and well done. It is kind of annoying since they keep going back and forth on whether they should actually be together or not since Gwen’s father made Peter promise not to see her in the last movie. However, the times where the two are interacting with each other is the cutest thing in any of the Spider-man movies out there. Even better than the last movie since there’s not as much annoying socially awkward stuttering when Pete talks to her. Probably because they know each other better now but still.
The action is also fun to watch. As much as Electro is annoying as all hell as a character, as a fighter it’s really cool to see all the electricity flying everywhere and how Spider-man deals with it. Electro himself may be the strongest villain in any Spider-man movie possible even rivaling Sandman from Spider-man 3. And the CGI is pretty decent here and the fast pace of Spider-man’s web swinging is real fun.
Now for the crap which lies with all the villains so why not just move right over to the characters? Electro is kinda-ish the main antagonist of the movie and he’s annoying as all hell. Sure his powers makes him super powerful and a threat against Spider-man, but considering that the earlier scenes in the movie shows him gushing over Spidey like an annoying fanboy he may be a threat but he’s not threatening. I mean, that would be like if Darth Vader gushed over how cool Luke Skywalker is before the final battle. He’s become an annoying fanboy, not one of the most badass villains in all of fiction. And why exactly did he think Spidey set him up anyways? That made literally no sense to me. His transformation from fanboy to villain was so quick that I almost got whiplash just trying to follow when it occurred!
Green Goblin (feel like I should put quotes there) isn’t much better. Sure, he has a similar relationship to Peter as in the comics and Raimi films but without all the build up. If they wanted Green Goblin to be in the second film and wanted Harry to become him than fine, but then why didn’t you introduce him in the first movie and establish their best friendship there? In the Raimi trilogy, it kinda work (or at least was set up to work) because they took time showing Harry and Peter interact and we got to see how Spider-man began driving a wedge between them. I mean, I guess Spidey kinda did when he refused to give Harry his blood. However, that made 0 sense to me because Peter was worried that Spider-man’s blood would turn Harry into some type of hybrid monster like what happened to Dr. Connors in the last movie. But, Peter was effected by the spider DNA and he gained freakin superpowers! So why would he think it would effect Harry different? I mean they reveal later in the movie that the superpowers only works with someone of the Parker bloodline (which is beyond stupid but I’ll talk about that in a sec) but that was later, Peter didn’t know that then.
And Rhino only had 5 minutes. That’s it. He was advertised pretty heavily but only got 5 minutes of screentime. Nuff said…
Spider-man was okay in this film. He kept up the Spidey-sass that I still wish the Raimi films had and his social awkwardness kinda went away here. Which isn’t very Peter Parker-like but whatever. The one thing that pissed me off the most was everything related to his parents. Now, in the comics it was later revealed that his parents were spies working for S.H.I.E.L.D. so I don’t mind that aspect, but it’s such an obscure piece of comic book trivia that I find it odd that they would focus an entire subplot to a movie on it. But beyond that, the idea that the genetically enhanced spiders only grants superpowers to people of the Parker bloodline makes zero sense and just robs the character of the whole “Everyday guy gains superpowers” thing that made the character so special.
Gwen Stacy is still awesome in this movie. She’s a much better character than Mary Jane ever was. Her death is really the only big thing to talk about here. Despite how well written the romance was here, the death just didn’t really trigger any emotional reaction in me. I’m not even sure why! Maybe it’s because Green Goblin was poorly written in this? Maybe because the webs forming a f*cking hand was by far the cringiest thing that has ever happened in a Spider-man movie. *Remembers emo Peter in Spider-man 3*. Er…second cringiest thing.
Overall, this is the worst Spider-man movie made and I’m kinda glad it flopped so bad since this did result in the deal between Sony and Marvel/Disney. But none of the villains worked and it was just so annoying to sit through. The only things that really saves the film is the romance and the action. 4/10 don’t watch unless you’re a die-hard superhero fan who wants to see every Marvel or Spider-man movie.
My Rating System
10 – Perfect: nothing is wrong about this movie
9 – Almost perfect: has one or two minor nitpicks that holds it from perfection
8 – Amazing: not a perfect film but still absolutely loved it
7 – Good: has a few problems but overall a great film
6 – Ok: has several major problems but I still like it
5 – Mediocre: neither good nor bad just forgettable
4 – Bad: a few major problems that ruins the movie
3 – Awful: lots of problems that ruins the movie
2 – Terrible: there may be one or two good things about the film but everything else is garbage
1 – The worst: literally nothing went right