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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 
The Worst Spidey Flick Yet
1.5/4 stars

I was pretty ticked off at the first Amazing Spider-man movie for recycling most of the plot from Sam Raimiís first Spider-Man, but That movie's great in comparison to its sequel. I should have been thankful for what I had.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a bad movie. Itís not all bad, but most of the things that are good about it are just things that were already in The Amazing Spider-Man 1. Whatís new here is a bizarre tone, some incredibly shoddy screenwriting and an ending that ruins the core message of the movie, rendering the whole thing totally pointless.

I wish people would stop saying that these new Spider-Man movies are better then the other ones. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 exhibits most of the exact same problems people have with the first set of movies. There are too many villains, the romance between our leads is constantly being put into contention for stupid arbitrary reasons and the movie canít decide weather itís supposed to be campy and fun, or dark and serious.

Seriously, this is so much worse then Spider-Man 3. Sam Raimiís great talent has always been mixing goofy and dark in a weird way that works, thatís what he did in the Evil Dead movies, and he accomplished it to a lesser effect in spider-Man. In The Amazing Spider-Man the movies bits of silliness and seriousness just sort of cause whiplash in the viewer. We jump cut between spastic silly moments, like anytime Jaime Fox is on screen to darker brooding moments like Spider-Man being haunted by a dead manís memory without any kind of melding crossover at all.

Then thereís the ending, which is terrible. The movies entire plot is about Parker and Gwen Stacy trying to save their relationship, and the main message is really about love, and how itís worth going out of your way for. That is the one thing audiences were supposed to take away, but they messed that up. (Spoilers) at the end of the movie Gwen Stacy dies and we see a short montage of Spidey getting over her death; This changes the message of the movie from, ďLove is worth going out of your way to fight for,Ē into, ďLove is doomed, but youíll get over it pretty quickly.Ē And no, I donít care if Stacy dies in the comics; her death totally ruins one of the big good aspects of the movie. I donít mind it if movies have sad endings, but only if they further the movies message or tone. This sad ending only serves to make everything worse.

Not even the Villains work. Not a single one of the three main villains does anything other then suck. Electro is silly, his origin makes no sense, and neither does his motivation; and Green Goblinís motivations donít make sense either. He seems to only do things that are obviously self-destructive. Rhino is perhaps the most entertaining of the films villains, just because heís so over the top that itís laughable, but heís hardly in the movie. The movie never takes the time to develop itís villains, I actually wonder if everything wouldíve been better as just a love story between Parker and Stacy because thatís the only conflict in it that makes any freaking sense.

There are good aspects of this movie. Garfield makes a good Spidey and Stone makes a good strong female lead and the two have a lot of chemistry. Thereís also the action, which is pretty fun, as are the effects. But all those good things are also in The Amazing Spider-Man 1, which is the far superior movie. I would only go see this one if youíre a hardcore Spidey fan, or if you can watch a two and a half hour film with your brain firmly in the off position. It's the worst Spider-Man movie that has ever been released.

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Indyfreak- wrote on 08/25/14 at 10:35 AM CT


Thank you! I kept hearing how good this one was and for God's sake, look at it! This movie is worse than Spider-Man 3 because it had the advantage of a precedent being set thanks to the latter's narrative flaws but it repeats the same mistakes as Spider-Man 3 did! So it's not an accident but pure laziness and this annoyed the hell out of me while watching it! I agree with most of what you say btw.

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