This is by far the best Spider-Man in the second to worst Spider-Man movie we’ve ever seen.
I like Spider-Man. I like him a lot. I like him more from the comic books and cartoons than from the movies. Specifically I loved watching Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends as a kid.
If you remember it was just 12 years ago that we got our first Spider-Man on the big screen. He was played by Toby Maguire and for their time they were great…good…awkward. I liked them a lot because I liked Spider-Man, but not one of the movies in the trilogy captured me the way my other favorite comic heroes who had made their way to the big screen.
That trilogy ended in all it’s awkward glory with Spider-Man 3. I own it on DVD because Spider-Man. It’s not great though. In fact it’s so bad there is no way to go but up from there.
That leads to the reboot.
This time Andrew Garfield is playing Spidey and he nails it! I really liked his first go around as the web slinger. His chemistry with Emma Stone in that movie is off the charts. It may not hurt that they are dating in real life.
I personally thought that Amazing Spider-Man was by far the best one we’ve seen so far. So with me liking it so much you’d think that I had high hopes for the sequel.
Well, I went in with low expectations. The previews looked too bright, too big, too many villains, to convoluted. I was hoping that by having low expectations I’d be blown away.
Here’s the good. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are once again amazing. He is the best Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Their chemistry is so good it’s almost enough to save this film. Almost.
What else is good are the special affects and action sequences. They put the amazing in the Amazing Spider-Man.
So with so much good what’s wrong?
It almost feels like two different films filmed by two different directors. On the one hand their is the romantic, comedic, gifted director who weaves a love story throughout the film. On the other hand is the action director who seems to have taken his cues from Joel Schumaker.
If you remember Joel Schumaker took a pretty good Batman series and made it incredibly campy. Cheesy. Cartoony. That’s okay if this is the 80’s and I’m 8. It’s not and I’m not.
The bad guys in this film were over the top. I felt like I was watching Jim Carey as the Riddler except it was Jamie Foxx as Electro. Over. The. Top.
If you absolutely love Spider-Man then this is worth a trip to the theaters. If you are just looking for a great movie I’d go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Or if you’ve already seen that then save your pennies because on May 23 X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out.
Speaking of X-Men in one of the weirdest twists ever the hidden scene in the Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a preview for the new X-Men. To my knowledge it has nothing to do with Spider-Man. I think they were trying to cash in on how the Avengers franchise has hidden credits scenes. Those work. This one does not. And neither does the film as a whole.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is rated PG-13 for intense action violence, two swears, and because it’s not supposed to be for kids. I give it a thumb to the side.
Two Thumbs Up – A great movie worth paying full price.
One Thumb Up – A decent attempt and worth seeing at a matinee price.
Thumb to the side – An ok film, but wait for video.
Thumb down – A stinker of a film. Don’t waste you life seeing it.
Have you seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2? If so what’d you think? If not, will you see it in theaters?