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Monday, May 5, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The Amazing Spider-man returns for a big number 2

Just ten (10) years after director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, comes The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a second sequel to the redundantly redundant 2012 reboot film. That film’s greatest great flaw was its need to retell (tell again) the super-familiar superhero origin story. I wish that all future superheroes would just simply pass the torch like the James Bond franchise does when an actor or director changes.

Even worse for the audience, this film begins by retelling the original origin story that they retold us in 2012. And, as a bonus, they give us not one accidental accident that turns someone into a super bad baddie story, but we get a double dose of those, too.

What did I like? The techno score was a great choice for the fight scenes with Electro, the actors are lovingly lovable and director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) knows how to pull emotional emotion from teen angst. The warm and just-right comic comedy scenes in this film with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field and newcomer Dane DeHaan all worked somewhat amazingly. That is, until everyone decided to overreact for the seriously overblown and overblown serious ending.

Yeh, I did find an amazingly amazing moment during this film — this movie marks the first time I ever laughed out loud (LOL) during a funeral scene.

Simply put: Somewhere in this film is an emotional Spider-Man story, but mostly I wanted to cry about paying for my ticket.

Award potential: Hans Zimmer’s score is noteworthy, but not Oscar-worthy.

The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.


  1. I think I liked it more than you, but I LOVE your idea of treating the franchises like Bond...Just. Move. On. We'll figure it out.