I have opinions about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that I can’t get into without divulging a big spoiler, which I hate to do. So this will be a 2-part review. I’ll post what spoiler-free thoughts I have here in Part 1, and the spoiler stuff will posted be in Part 2 here.

Let start with some positives. 1-It starred Emma Stone! 2-It didn’t star Tobey Maguire! I’m in the minority based on box office numbers, but I didn’t like the 2000’s Spider-Man series with T-Mag. The first one was fine; it was cool to see Spider-Man on the big screen. I hated the second one, and I was angry when it broke the box office records of good movies. I never bothered seeing the 3rd. Based on that trilogy I wasn’t expecting much from the reboot. So I was pleasantly surprised with the first Amazing Spider-Man. I found Andrew Garfield less whiny than Tobey Maguire and Emma Stone is an infinite upgrade over Kirsten Dunst (no offense KD).

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The branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed…chemistry.

The best thing this movie has going for it is that it actually has some chemistry. Emma Stone is a great actress, and there is a very likable quality about her. She is probably way too qualified to be playing the girlfirend in an OK superhero movie (a la Natalie Portman in Thor). Luckily for the producers, they were able to get her. And her presence helps bring some appeal to the movie. I liked Gwen Stacy, so it was plausible the Peter Parker did as well. Big upgrade from Mary Jane before. Cute, smart, funny, sweet. Nailed it. She and Andrew Garfield seemed to have some believable interaction (they were dating for a while but I don’t know if the relationship led to the chemistry or vise-versa). This seems minor in a superhero movie, but it’s important to feel an attachment to characters. And even though the speech from Spider-Man 2 helped Sheldon sweep Amy Farrah Fowler off her feet, in my opinion Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst didn’t have that.

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His name is Max. Remember that, it might be important later.

Another positive, things looked good. The CGI and effects were solid. Although Electro wasn’t very believable, as least he looked cool! Sadly I don’t have a lot more positives to build on. But I do have a couple spoiler-free complaints I can mention!

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What did the Green Goblin say when he saw Rhino walking down the street?…

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…”We’ve already reached our limit for bad guys in 1 movie.”

There was generally just too much going on in this movie. It didn’t flow and didn’t feel cohesive. This movie could have benefited from being 20 minutes shorter and focusing on one specific plot line. I think they aimed a little too epic. It was like an average gymnast trying a super difficult routine in the Olympics; too ambitious. Better to nail a solid routine than blunder an amazing one. I think this movie wanted to be “The Dark Knight”, but there’s a reason there is only 1 superhero movie with that level of gravity. It took great writing, great directing and great acting. Very few films can pull that off.

So far based on what I’ve said this seems like it would be a pretty good movie. However there was one big thing I strongly disliked that I will discuss in Part 2. With what I’ve said and not said, the best I can give this movie is an “OK”.

 

Final Verdict: “OK”

DVD: It’s at RedBox now

RT Audience Score: 69

CinemaScore: B+

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