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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

May. 1, 2014by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) aka Spider-Man is torn between his duty to the city of New York and his love for his high school sweetheart, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). When an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) re-emerges with a possibly sinister request, Parker finds his loyalties divided more than ever.

REVIEW: After watching THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN a few years ago, I inadvertently stirred up some controversy by giving it a rave review. Having always been mixed on the Sam Raimi films, the reinvention felt like a promising (if uneven) start to a new series. A bunch of readers called me out on my review, saying that I was too generous. Fair enough. I'll admit I overlooked some pretty big problems. Still, I liked the film then and I like it now, and I was pretty excited for the follow-up. Alas, the promise of a lucrative new franchise has led Sony into a familiar trap faced by many sequels in that more than a full-fledged follow-up, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 feels like little more than a prelude to a bigger third film and/or THE SINISTER SIX.

You could call this IRON MAN 2 syndrome. In fact, this is notably similar to that film in many ways with a good chunk of the second act involving Peter's unresolved father issues, and constant hints being dropped throughout that seem to be saying “gee, the NEXT film sure is going to be great!” While that's all well and good, more effort should have been spent on making this a satisfying follow-up in its own right. As it is, it's a frustratingly inconsistent one, constantly veering from being great, to dull, to downright awful (with select moments as bad as anything from SPIDER-MAN 3). Luckily, the good outweighs the bad, if narrowly.

Like the first one, the real asset here is the white-hot chemistry between Andrew Garfield and the insanely lovable Emma Stone. This is probably the only time you'll watch a superhero film and be eager for the action to end so they can get back to the love scenes. That's how good these two are together. In fact, one of the biggest problems is that Stone has less to do here than in the first movie, but this is made up for in a big way by the surprisingly strong climax, which features a twist that gives the franchise more of an emotional punch than anything in the Raimi movies.

One thing that everyone agreed on about the first film is that Garfield makes for an excellent Spider-Man. He's in fine form here, although he's slightly less earnest this time around. Having become a big star by this point, Garfield has a bit of a tendency to overact in certain scenes, with him mumbling dialogue and acting method, like he's channelling a young Marlon Brando or something. This is especially true of his first scene opposite Dane DeHaan, with both of them looking like they're trying to outdo each other in the “cool method guy” approach. Guys, lighten up. This is Spider-Man. Overall though, Garfield still makes for a good webslinger, and he does the smart-ass part of the character better than Maguire ever did.

Too bad the baddies fare a whole lot worse than the good guys (and gals). Paul Giamatti has little more than a cameo as the future Rhino, and barely makes an impression. Jamie Foxx is ostensibly the main baddie here, but after a giant set-piece, he's off-screen for a long time, and he feels like too minor a character to make for a truly satisfying bad guy. His motivations also don't make a lot of sense, and Foxx has the bad luck to be part of the absolute worst parts of the film, which come any time they cut to Ravencroft Institute, which is run by a ludicrously over-the-top, accented interrogator/torturer Dr. Kafka (really?) played by the usually excellent Marton Csokas. It feels like something left over from a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. This whole subplot could have been cut and it would have shaved a good fifteen minutes off the over-long 140 minute run time.

As for Dane DeHaan, this feels like little more than a CHRONICLE redux for him. He's a terrific actor, but Osborne is a two-dimensional character here, and his inevitable transformation into The Green Goblin is rushed and little more than a tease for the next film. One hopes the writers will somehow get a better handle on the character next time as he's a fairly dull antagonist at this point.

Getting back to the good stuff, like the first film, director Marc Webb seems to have a good feel for 3D, and the fx are impressive. Boasting a giant budget, the numerous action scenes are really well shot and entertaining, and helped along by a really terrific score by Hans Zimmer & The Magnificent Six (which includes Pharrell, Johnny Marr, and Junkie XL), although the greek chorus chanting for Electro is a little much. More so than other superhero properties, this feels like it's aimed at kids, right down to Spidey's young pal, who pops up here and there. There's no doubt that youngsters will eat this up, and it's kind of nice to see a franchise play to it's younger viewers without losing its appeal for a somewhat older audience.

Overall, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is really a mixed bag. It's not a disaster (although it comes perilously close at times) , and the good outweighs the bad. The worst thing about the movie is that by the time the credits roll you can't help but be left unsatisfied as there's not really a third act. It's all build-up and very little resolution. Still, there are parts of the movie that work beautifully (any time Stone and Garfield are together) and it's still worth seeing just as long as your expectations are kept in check. That said, this is no WINTER SOLDIER, nor is it nearly as good as the “other” SPIDER-MAN 2, although it has its moments.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone notice David Bowie's "Low" hanging on the wall in Peter's room? And the poster of BLOW-UP? Spider-Man's a hipster, although he also seems to like his Philip Phillips. Guess he's an AMERICAN IDOL fan.
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12:39PM on 05/12/2014

WTF? This film was really good! Spider-Man 3 better than The Amazing Spider-Man 2 according to comments below? Suddenly people are defending Spider-Man 3????? This was better than the routine films of Phase 1 and 2!

There's more to these Amazing Spider-Man films than there is with the majority of Marvel Studio Avenger connected films, which are becoming more and more "same old, same old". I sense some of you may have not even seen the new Amazing Spider-Man films. I was not in favor of this reboot, but it did what it was sent out to do. To not be an average superhero cash machine, unlike most of the Marvel Studios films. I'm not saying these films are on the same level of superhero films as The Dark
There's more to these Amazing Spider-Man films than there is with the majority of Marvel Studio Avenger connected films, which are becoming more and more "same old, same old". I sense some of you may have not even seen the new Amazing Spider-Man films. I was not in favor of this reboot, but it did what it was sent out to do. To not be an average superhero cash machine, unlike most of the Marvel Studios films. I'm not saying these films are on the same level of superhero films as The Dark Knight, but when the some of the best scenes are the moments between Peter and Gwen you know you got something good here. Had Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man had been released today, I don't feel it would receive the praise it got back in 2002. It's a good film, but it was merely a test drive of what was to come with Marvel superhero films. The Amazing Spider-Man series is not perfect, it's not even better than Spider-Man 2 but when people here are saying they prefer a Spider-Man (SP 3) movie featuring an emo dancing Peter Parker, a miss use of Gwen Stacy, a devastating use of Spider-Man's greatest villain Venom, a conclusion which left no room for a sequel, and a overall huge letdown coming off of a supremely great sequel....over these far better films!?!?! It's a comic book reboot film, not a reboot of Casablanca, Goodfellas, or The Godfather. Sit back, watch, and enjoy without comparing scene after scene.
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8:15PM on 05/08/2014

Absolutley mediocre

I felt like this was just half of a good movie. It took forever to get the plot going and just had too much going on. The plot consists of the drama between Peter and Gwen, Electro's origin, Peter and Harry reconnecting, Peter searching for why his parents left, Harry dealing with his disease, and even more drama with Gwen. I did like that the villains weren't the main plot, but the rest of the plot aside from them was just kinda boring. It didn't start getting good until Harry and Electro team
I felt like this was just half of a good movie. It took forever to get the plot going and just had too much going on. The plot consists of the drama between Peter and Gwen, Electro's origin, Peter and Harry reconnecting, Peter searching for why his parents left, Harry dealing with his disease, and even more drama with Gwen. I did like that the villains weren't the main plot, but the rest of the plot aside from them was just kinda boring. It didn't start getting good until Harry and Electro team up, but that was only the last 20 minutes or so. I just got so tired of the on again off again between Gwen and Peter. I thought that Jamie Foxx was poorly miscast and did not deliver a good performance. Dane Dehann was pretty bad at first, but got better when he was on edge. It just took way too long to get to the good stuff and felt like it needed to get he parents and Gwen drama out of the way. The Peter and Harry friendship was not believable at all as it was super poorly developed. All the filmmakers thought we needed to believe they were friends is some friendly smack talk and one scene of dialogue. All of this leading up to the climax kinda took away any emotional impact it could have had. It seems like it's leading into a good movie, but after hating the first one and only liking half of the second, it's not looking too hopeful.
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5:22AM on 05/07/2014
Aw c'mon it's not bad at all! WAYYY better that the third Spidey from Raimi's. The acting is pretty good, the action scenes are fast and directed pretty well. Maybe it's not the best superhero movie of all time but it's pretty good anyway. We'll see the next development in the third episode but in my opinion Garfield is the best Spidey on the big screen. Electro is a poor bad guy but i'm sure that in the next episode the weak spot will be eliminated.
Aw c'mon it's not bad at all! WAYYY better that the third Spidey from Raimi's. The acting is pretty good, the action scenes are fast and directed pretty well. Maybe it's not the best superhero movie of all time but it's pretty good anyway. We'll see the next development in the third episode but in my opinion Garfield is the best Spidey on the big screen. Electro is a poor bad guy but i'm sure that in the next episode the weak spot will be eliminated.
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8:42PM on 05/06/2014
Saw it again today and liked it even more. Watched the first Amazing Spider-Man today as well and besides the odd costume design in that one, really like it still. If Amazing Spider-Man 3 keeps it up, this will be the better trilogy, but with Spider-Man 2 still reigning supreme.


Also I think Winter Soldier was so good, people weren't ready for a step down in comic book movie quality.
Saw it again today and liked it even more. Watched the first Amazing Spider-Man today as well and besides the odd costume design in that one, really like it still. If Amazing Spider-Man 3 keeps it up, this will be the better trilogy, but with Spider-Man 2 still reigning supreme.


Also I think Winter Soldier was so good, people weren't ready for a step down in comic book movie quality.
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4:20PM on 05/02/2014

About what I was expecting

I have yet to really be blown away by any of the Spiderman movies, the original 2nd one was the best IMO but not anywhere near great.
I have yet to really be blown away by any of the Spiderman movies, the original 2nd one was the best IMO but not anywhere near great.
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10:18AM on 05/02/2014
How to translate a Chris Bumbray review:
1-3 Usually pretty bad movie
4-7 probably more like an 8 or 9 depending on the movie. If the mainstream critics don't like the movie as a whole, Chris doesn't want to feel left out or unhip so a 4-7 is the safe bet.
8-10 usually around a 1-4 for real. only reserved for the really artsy Sundance crap that all the other critics and hipsters pretend to relate too and loose their shit over. or if the general consensus is that the movie is good it's okay
How to translate a Chris Bumbray review:
1-3 Usually pretty bad movie
4-7 probably more like an 8 or 9 depending on the movie. If the mainstream critics don't like the movie as a whole, Chris doesn't want to feel left out or unhip so a 4-7 is the safe bet.
8-10 usually around a 1-4 for real. only reserved for the really artsy Sundance crap that all the other critics and hipsters pretend to relate too and loose their shit over. or if the general consensus is that the movie is good it's okay to give it said rating safely without being berated by your peers. Even though they're not your peers because they are critics and your just a blogger.
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4:24PM on 05/02/2014
but then there are geeky fanboys who bounce in their seats while watching a trailer for a movie where they are 20 yrs old acting like a 10yr old who just saw a girl naked for the first time (we know you haven't had this experience yet), who shits on any movie that has actual acting and a premise and then have the gall to have an avatar of Popeye to show just how serious he is!! Just bc something is over your head and your left out in left field by yourself is no reason to hate good movies and
but then there are geeky fanboys who bounce in their seats while watching a trailer for a movie where they are 20 yrs old acting like a 10yr old who just saw a girl naked for the first time (we know you haven't had this experience yet), who shits on any movie that has actual acting and a premise and then have the gall to have an avatar of Popeye to show just how serious he is!! Just bc something is over your head and your left out in left field by yourself is no reason to hate good movies and then like bad movies like Spiderman. Go tell everyone "how cool" the new spiderman movie is in the bar and then explain to the hot chick how they got the comic wrong and point out all the small changes or mistakes they made, that will really bring it home for you....alone
10:52AM on 05/05/2014
Says the guy with a Marvin the Martian avatar. At least I know what I like and don' care what the critics say. Or the bloggers. And I'm 28.
Says the guy with a Marvin the Martian avatar. At least I know what I like and don' care what the critics say. Or the bloggers. And I'm 28.
11:42PM on 05/01/2014

This was depressingly terrible

I'm honestly baffled that so many could take it so easy on this. Yes, there is some great Spider-Man action, and Spidey acts just like the character I grew up reading, but who cares when everything else about this movie is SO bad. This was literally about nothing. A bunch of disparate plot elements in search of a story. $250 million of soulless corporate product. This really is Joel Schumacher-level of superhero movie. This is the kind of superhero movie that makes people right to dismiss them.
I'm honestly baffled that so many could take it so easy on this. Yes, there is some great Spider-Man action, and Spidey acts just like the character I grew up reading, but who cares when everything else about this movie is SO bad. This was literally about nothing. A bunch of disparate plot elements in search of a story. $250 million of soulless corporate product. This really is Joel Schumacher-level of superhero movie. This is the kind of superhero movie that makes people right to dismiss them. Just lousy.
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4:26PM on 05/02/2014
so this is the first Spiderman movie you ever saw, that's what you're saying right?
so this is the first Spiderman movie you ever saw, that's what you're saying right?
9:58PM on 05/01/2014

Just got back from the theatre!

Absolutely loved the movie.
Anyone who has done any substantial Spidey reading should really enjoy it.
All the little details in how he moves and fights were spot on with the comics.

I haven't bought a Spidey comic in about 2 years (previously had collected everything Spider-Man related for 10+ years), but man this movie reminded me while I love Spider-Man!
Absolutely loved the movie.
Anyone who has done any substantial Spidey reading should really enjoy it.
All the little details in how he moves and fights were spot on with the comics.

I haven't bought a Spidey comic in about 2 years (previously had collected everything Spider-Man related for 10+ years), but man this movie reminded me while I love Spider-Man!
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4:26PM on 05/02/2014
good so the rest of us who have lives and girlfriends wont know what the hell is going on, correct?
good so the rest of us who have lives and girlfriends wont know what the hell is going on, correct?
5:35PM on 05/03/2014
I've read HUNDREDS of Spider-Man comics. This movie sucks.
I've read HUNDREDS of Spider-Man comics. This movie sucks.
4:03PM on 05/01/2014
I don't get how anyone could have liked the first one. It really seemed like a two hour fuck you to anyone but kids. Garfield was cringeworthy as was the "chemistry" he had with Emma Stone, who is also a phenomenon I don't comprehend. She's easy on the eyes and has that raspy (sexy?) Voice and not much else imo.

There was nothing from the first one that makes me the slightest bit interested in the second, especially after reading this seemingly forgiving review.

This franchise will make
I don't get how anyone could have liked the first one. It really seemed like a two hour fuck you to anyone but kids. Garfield was cringeworthy as was the "chemistry" he had with Emma Stone, who is also a phenomenon I don't comprehend. She's easy on the eyes and has that raspy (sexy?) Voice and not much else imo.

There was nothing from the first one that makes me the slightest bit interested in the second, especially after reading this seemingly forgiving review.

This franchise will make money despite hollywoods best efforts. In some ways I would like to see a "batman and robin" level of failure because at least then the studio may decide to shake things up a bit in order to save the franchise, much like WB did with the batman franchise. As it is, I doubt I'd even check this out on netflix.
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5:13PM on 05/01/2014
I agree about the first film. I thought it was average. Very forgettable. As for the sequel, I am kind of excited to watch it. Its has train wreck written all over it, and who doesn't like a good train wreck?
I agree about the first film. I thought it was average. Very forgettable. As for the sequel, I am kind of excited to watch it. Its has train wreck written all over it, and who doesn't like a good train wreck?
10:10AM on 05/02/2014
First one is my favorite comic book movie to date.
First one is my favorite comic book movie to date.
4:38PM on 05/02/2014
Deaken stop posting, you are sullying your already empty reputation. First off you picked that movie as your favorite ever and to make it worse its a spiderman movie. Im guessing you cant wait for the TMNT movie....wow
Deaken stop posting, you are sullying your already empty reputation. First off you picked that movie as your favorite ever and to make it worse its a spiderman movie. Im guessing you cant wait for the TMNT movie....wow
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3:34PM on 05/01/2014
I thought the movie was good, not great, but it was definitely good. I'd give it a 7.5 out of 10. So far Marc Webb has made 2 good Spider-Man films, and I'm really happy about that. Also, Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to make a ton of money at the boxoffice. It's already made 300 million overseas, and it's predicted to make 270 million in the U.S. as well. It even got a ton of votes on Joblo's latest poll.
I thought the movie was good, not great, but it was definitely good. I'd give it a 7.5 out of 10. So far Marc Webb has made 2 good Spider-Man films, and I'm really happy about that. Also, Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to make a ton of money at the boxoffice. It's already made 300 million overseas, and it's predicted to make 270 million in the U.S. as well. It even got a ton of votes on Joblo's latest poll.
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3:24PM on 05/01/2014
Which quotes did you like the most in the Amazing Spider-man 2? I thought 'I do some web design' was hilarious. Poll for fun! [link]
Which quotes did you like the most in the Amazing Spider-man 2? I thought 'I do some web design' was hilarious. Poll for fun! [link]
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3:15PM on 05/01/2014

I really don't understand

I mean, I don't know if us mexicans have a bad taste in movies but here everyone has loved this flick since it opened two weeks ago. Everyone is talking about how great and emotional it was. Many people even consider it one of the best Spidey films alongside Spider-Man 2. I myself was surprised since I thought it would be a disaster, but I think the director's work was great, the music was epic, and the villains all worked in favor of the story. Overall, I liked it better than the first movie,
I mean, I don't know if us mexicans have a bad taste in movies but here everyone has loved this flick since it opened two weeks ago. Everyone is talking about how great and emotional it was. Many people even consider it one of the best Spidey films alongside Spider-Man 2. I myself was surprised since I thought it would be a disaster, but I think the director's work was great, the music was epic, and the villains all worked in favor of the story. Overall, I liked it better than the first movie, and consider it a great quality work.
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5:09PM on 05/01/2014
Its doing well here in the UK aswell. I have seen mixed reviews but when has that ever been a reflection on box office numbers.
Its doing well here in the UK aswell. I have seen mixed reviews but when has that ever been a reflection on box office numbers.
3:06PM on 05/01/2014

i don't get the props for the chemistry between garfield and stone.

i would hope my wife and i would have awesome chemistry in a movie, too.
and to the dipshits with their attempts at being clever while missing the point, i know garfield and stone aren't married.
i would hope my wife and i would have awesome chemistry in a movie, too.
and to the dipshits with their attempts at being clever while missing the point, i know garfield and stone aren't married.
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4:39PM on 05/02/2014
I think you missed teh point, their chemistry is awful. I mean did you see the part when standing on the roof looking out at the city "Im the only one who can stop them" I mean really, that was acting, that whole scene blew, same with the rest of the movie
I think you missed teh point, their chemistry is awful. I mean did you see the part when standing on the roof looking out at the city "Im the only one who can stop them" I mean really, that was acting, that whole scene blew, same with the rest of the movie
12:08PM on 05/01/2014
They might as well rename this series to, The Average Spider-Man.
They might as well rename this series to, The Average Spider-Man.
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10:55AM on 05/01/2014

Spider-Man 3 was better than this crap

Yeah, the more I think about this shitty movie I realize how much better Spidey3 was because even though it had a lot of villains, they all had a real motive, they were all interesting and had their own story arcs. This movie was the worst Spiderman film so far. I didn't even like the first TASM but it is by far a better film than this sequel.
Yeah, the more I think about this shitty movie I realize how much better Spidey3 was because even though it had a lot of villains, they all had a real motive, they were all interesting and had their own story arcs. This movie was the worst Spiderman film so far. I didn't even like the first TASM but it is by far a better film than this sequel.
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10:54AM on 05/01/2014
Very disappointing. The villains were lackluster, and damn near every exciting scene was shown in the trailer. Why even show Rhino in the trailer when he only has...one...scene?

6/10

Very disappointing. The villains were lackluster, and damn near every exciting scene was shown in the trailer. Why even show Rhino in the trailer when he only has...one...scene?

6/10

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10:22AM on 05/01/2014

More hipster garbage

The movie sucked. It wasn't fun, the villains were paper thin and hardly had screen time to make us care. Spider-Man was fine this time, but Dane Dehaan was just the worst in this. He was just tacked on and his Kid Goblin acting was horrible. He made Goblin Jr look cool...
The movie sucked. It wasn't fun, the villains were paper thin and hardly had screen time to make us care. Spider-Man was fine this time, but Dane Dehaan was just the worst in this. He was just tacked on and his Kid Goblin acting was horrible. He made Goblin Jr look cool...
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9:48AM on 05/01/2014

a lot of fun

although not a perfect film, I thought this was a lot of fun. from the previews I was expecting Spider-Man 3, and I was very pleased to find out that was not the case. Did it end on a cliffhanger? sure. But who cares?!?! It was a blast, and the action scenes were really well-done. The acting was pretty great all around as well. They have finally nailed Spidey's smart-ass attitude (unlike McGuire's sad-sack Spidey). It's a comic-book movie, people. Isn't it kind of silly to criticize it
although not a perfect film, I thought this was a lot of fun. from the previews I was expecting Spider-Man 3, and I was very pleased to find out that was not the case. Did it end on a cliffhanger? sure. But who cares?!?! It was a blast, and the action scenes were really well-done. The acting was pretty great all around as well. They have finally nailed Spidey's smart-ass attitude (unlike McGuire's sad-sack Spidey). It's a comic-book movie, people. Isn't it kind of silly to criticize it for being like a comic? Spider-Man isn't SUPPOSED to be Batman, people. Quit expecting a dark, gritty film adjust your expectations accordingly. Or lower them tremendously and you might just have a great time like I did.
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10:18AM on 05/01/2014
Well said Qbert. Film makers either go dark and gritty and get shit for it. Or they go down a more comic and cartoony route and still get shit for it. I liked how the film started of with Peter having fun as Spiderman and then as the film progressed it was kinda teaching Peter how serious his role is as a hero. So i thought it balanced it really well.
Well said Qbert. Film makers either go dark and gritty and get shit for it. Or they go down a more comic and cartoony route and still get shit for it. I liked how the film started of with Peter having fun as Spiderman and then as the film progressed it was kinda teaching Peter how serious his role is as a hero. So i thought it balanced it really well.
10:32AM on 05/01/2014
I completely agree with both of you. I had a lot more fun than I expected to have.
I completely agree with both of you. I had a lot more fun than I expected to have.
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9:08AM on 05/01/2014
This film felt like it belonged in Joel Schumacher's Batman universe. Hopefully one day we will get a Spider-Man reboot that fixes this mess, until then, I'm done with these films.
This film felt like it belonged in Joel Schumacher's Batman universe. Hopefully one day we will get a Spider-Man reboot that fixes this mess, until then, I'm done with these films.
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7:45AM on 05/01/2014
It's a 5 out of 10 for me. On the whole, I found it really cartoony and cheesy, which didn't go with what Marc Webb was aiming for when he had the designs for the villains be less outlandish and colourful and more mechanical. I would think that comic book movies are way past maniacally cackling villains but this movie is wall to wall maniacally cackling villains. Jamie Foxx's Electro is just Jim Carrey from Batman Forever meets Richard Pryor from Superman III: The put-upon dweeb who goes from
It's a 5 out of 10 for me. On the whole, I found it really cartoony and cheesy, which didn't go with what Marc Webb was aiming for when he had the designs for the villains be less outlandish and colourful and more mechanical. I would think that comic book movies are way past maniacally cackling villains but this movie is wall to wall maniacally cackling villains. Jamie Foxx's Electro is just Jim Carrey from Batman Forever meets Richard Pryor from Superman III: The put-upon dweeb who goes from obsessing over his hero to wanting to destroy him overnight, following the acquisition of superhuman abilities. I liked the chemistry between Dane DeHaan and Andrew Garfield but there was far from enough time to meaningfully develop the relationship between Peter and Harry before Harry goes full-fledged supervillain. Paul Giamatti: completely wasted in a thankless, goofy role. The 3D was excellent and this is the best the suit has looked, though.
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7:29AM on 05/01/2014
I am really not looking forward to this one--which makes me sad, because I loved Spider Man since I was a kid, but man, everything I hear just makes this one sound worse and worse.

For the Extra Tidbit, if liking LOW makes you a hipster, I'm going to be very disappointed in myself.
I am really not looking forward to this one--which makes me sad, because I loved Spider Man since I was a kid, but man, everything I hear just makes this one sound worse and worse.

For the Extra Tidbit, if liking LOW makes you a hipster, I'm going to be very disappointed in myself.
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7:16AM on 05/01/2014

8 out of 10 for me

Sorry Chris, I usually like your reviews, but have to disagree with you on this one. I thought this was a good solid follow up to the first installment and I can see how the makers took on board the criticisms of the first one. (guess you arent gonna please everyone) I really liked the first 2 raimi films but for me the Webb trilogy at this point definitely works better for me. I thought this movie had a good balance of drama and action and the introduction of the villains were really well done
Sorry Chris, I usually like your reviews, but have to disagree with you on this one. I thought this was a good solid follow up to the first installment and I can see how the makers took on board the criticisms of the first one. (guess you arent gonna please everyone) I really liked the first 2 raimi films but for me the Webb trilogy at this point definitely works better for me. I thought this movie had a good balance of drama and action and the introduction of the villains were really well done leading into what is going to be a massive third movie. Had they had all three villains sharing the screen, people would have complained about it being Spiderman 3 all squashed into one movie. I thought the ending was powerful and I thought it was a good way to end it going into the next movie having Parker accept his responsibility as Spiderman.
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6:38AM on 05/01/2014
Firstly, it's going to take a hell of a comic book movie to get close to the Winter Soldier. I didn't go in expecting that level of quality...especially as I didn't like the first Amazing Spider-Man that much...and especially...because none of the Spider-Man movies have done it for me. They've all (except for Spider-Man 3) had fabulous moments in them but each one always leaves me thinking something wasn't quite right. That said I know I enjoyed Amazing Spider-Man 2 so I'm not going to
Firstly, it's going to take a hell of a comic book movie to get close to the Winter Soldier. I didn't go in expecting that level of quality...especially as I didn't like the first Amazing Spider-Man that much...and especially...because none of the Spider-Man movies have done it for me. They've all (except for Spider-Man 3) had fabulous moments in them but each one always leaves me thinking something wasn't quite right. That said I know I enjoyed Amazing Spider-Man 2 so I'm not going to complain too much about it. By the way, it's been a long time since I picked up a Spider-Man comic but wasn't Dr. Kafka a hot looking woman or may be that was the animated series from the 1990's? Anyhoo, loved the 'left over from a Joel Schumacher Batman movie' line - very true.
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6:06AM on 05/01/2014
It's so frustrating - Raimi ones got it half right and these seem to get the other half right. In the Raimi ones the action scenes took place somewhere that didn't feel connected to anything else in the movies, but in the Webb ones they very much feel connected to the city. I like that. I like Garfield as Spider-Man, but can't really get behind him as Peter Parker. And the fact that the conflict between Peter and Gwen is pretty much the same as in the Twilight movies (I've got powers, don't
It's so frustrating - Raimi ones got it half right and these seem to get the other half right. In the Raimi ones the action scenes took place somewhere that didn't feel connected to anything else in the movies, but in the Webb ones they very much feel connected to the city. I like that. I like Garfield as Spider-Man, but can't really get behind him as Peter Parker. And the fact that the conflict between Peter and Gwen is pretty much the same as in the Twilight movies (I've got powers, don't want to hurt you, so I must leave you, oh will they end up back together) was way worse than the lovey drama stuff in the Raimi ones. And the mystery begind the disappearence of Peter's parent is still not good. Oh and then there's Harry Osborne... dude in this was terrible and the relationship between him and Peter was way worse than in the Raimi ones. Even if Franco wasn't 100% right for that role either. Electro was always one of my least favorite villains, but he was a lot of fun in this. Even if he is a bit Jim Carrey in Batman Forever at the beginning... I actually prefer him to Molina's Doc Ock. So yeah, something are better, some things are worse. Some things are good, some things are bad. When ever it starts to drag, it eventually hits you with a fun scene to keep you from getting too disinterested. And Giamatti was great... What else? Oh yeah, there are no stakes to the villain's master plan. It ain't end of the world stuff at all, so that's a shame. Sally Field is a terrible Aunt May. The score was good. Songs were bad. Didn't see it in 3D. I'd give it a 7/10.
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5:56AM on 05/01/2014

6/10? Really?

Just saw it last night and absolutely loved it. Yes, it has negatives, but they're far outweighed by the positives. Fantastic chemistry between Gwen and Peter, Aunt May brings the feels, villains were badass, and Hans Zimmer goes bonkers with the score in an awesome way. Will be seeing this a few more times on the big screen. Kids will love the f*ck out of this movie, and adults will have a blast as well. Easily a 8/10.
Just saw it last night and absolutely loved it. Yes, it has negatives, but they're far outweighed by the positives. Fantastic chemistry between Gwen and Peter, Aunt May brings the feels, villains were badass, and Hans Zimmer goes bonkers with the score in an awesome way. Will be seeing this a few more times on the big screen. Kids will love the f*ck out of this movie, and adults will have a blast as well. Easily a 8/10.
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7:21AM on 05/01/2014
Agreed Polar Boy, I loved it, might see it again this weekend. Going by IMDB's Top 10 in the UK
Spiderman is at 16.5 Million and has been in for 2 weeks now. Cap America is now in 5th with 17.9 Million and has been in for 5 weeks. I would say those are pretty good numbers for Spiderman.
Agreed Polar Boy, I loved it, might see it again this weekend. Going by IMDB's Top 10 in the UK
Spiderman is at 16.5 Million and has been in for 2 weeks now. Cap America is now in 5th with 17.9 Million and has been in for 5 weeks. I would say those are pretty good numbers for Spiderman.
4:53AM on 05/01/2014
The DIFFERENCE between this and Ironman 2 I see is that Marvel had intentions to do something never done before. Sony has the intentions of 'We have to do whatever it takes to keep these rights!' so they will try to duplicate formulas other semi-similar movie franchises have had success with in their comic properties.

IF I COULD GIVE SONY SOME ADVICE:
Look back over the years, sorry, decades of stories from the countless comics and even cartoons, start using those as your storyboards. IF
The DIFFERENCE between this and Ironman 2 I see is that Marvel had intentions to do something never done before. Sony has the intentions of 'We have to do whatever it takes to keep these rights!' so they will try to duplicate formulas other semi-similar movie franchises have had success with in their comic properties.

IF I COULD GIVE SONY SOME ADVICE:
Look back over the years, sorry, decades of stories from the countless comics and even cartoons, start using those as your storyboards. IF YOU MUST create this limited cinematic universe for Spider-Man then start with characters and heros who made their first appearance in Spider-Man comics... Because just like the whole Fox/Marvel both using Quicksilver you have similar situations. JUST IMAGINE A SPIDER-MAN VS THE PUNISHER movie. I'd rather see that than Batman VS Superman personally. EMBRACE the gothic side of the Spider-Man universe, Morbious has many ties with Black Cat so that seems like a good direction to go, introduce vampires into the spidey universe, no other comic book film (other than Blade which has been long enough it would be fresh agin) has that angle going yet and with Tighlight over the their are a lot of vampire movie fans (of the same demograph) not getting their fix.

SHORT VERSION: Don't copy what others are doing, realized you are lucky to have a character who has so many well known story arches and go from their, embrace original costumes, the fans want it, the movies doin it aren't getting bad reception from it, only the opposite. Don't blend the Ultimate Marvel Universe with the classic 616 Because quite often your turning off fans of both.
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4:55AM on 05/01/2014
im sure sony is jotting down your pearls of wisdom.

Also you lost any credibility as a movie and comic book fan by saying youd rather see Spidey and Punisher than Batman and Superman. That is MADNESS. Thats not a marvel vs dc thing, thats just common sense.
im sure sony is jotting down your pearls of wisdom.

Also you lost any credibility as a movie and comic book fan by saying youd rather see Spidey and Punisher than Batman and Superman. That is MADNESS. Thats not a marvel vs dc thing, thats just common sense.
5:05AM on 05/01/2014
I can get all my credibility back by name dropping one person.

ZACK SNYDER

Have fun with that guy who plays superman, Ben Affleck, all leading up to a JLA with the likes of such awesome actors as The Rock.

To be honest I don't see any reason to be excited for Batman VS Superman, SONY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH THEIR SPIDER-MAN RIGHTS better than what WB Is doing with DC.

The idea of a movie with The Punisher in a 200mil+ production hunting down Spider-Man with some other cool
I can get all my credibility back by name dropping one person.

ZACK SNYDER

Have fun with that guy who plays superman, Ben Affleck, all leading up to a JLA with the likes of such awesome actors as The Rock.

To be honest I don't see any reason to be excited for Batman VS Superman, SONY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH THEIR SPIDER-MAN RIGHTS better than what WB Is doing with DC.

The idea of a movie with The Punisher in a 200mil+ production hunting down Spider-Man with some other cool stuff in the background doesn't excite you?
6:09AM on 05/01/2014
The fact that the two punisher movies flopped, makes me think that, nah, there isn't much interest in Punisher
The fact that the two punisher movies flopped, makes me think that, nah, there isn't much interest in Punisher
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4:23AM on 05/01/2014

Wow

That was harsh lol! This was a pretty solid flick, wish outstanding effects, an yes it's obviously setting up future films, they openly admitted they planned a slew of films after this. 8/10 easy

Red vote is for the review, film is green all the way!
That was harsh lol! This was a pretty solid flick, wish outstanding effects, an yes it's obviously setting up future films, they openly admitted they planned a slew of films after this. 8/10 easy

Red vote is for the review, film is green all the way!
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4:26AM on 05/01/2014
Plant
Plant
4:41AM on 05/01/2014
considering you are going on every post that says they like th e movie shouting PLANT and FAKE etc id say you're a plant. stfu
considering you are going on every post that says they like th e movie shouting PLANT and FAKE etc id say you're a plant. stfu
4:20AM on 05/01/2014
Well I prefer great movies as apposed to mediocre ones so I'm voting with my wallet by keeping it tightly shut. To many average reviews.
Well I prefer great movies as apposed to mediocre ones so I'm voting with my wallet by keeping it tightly shut. To many average reviews.
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6:02AM on 05/01/2014
Maybe you should go and see it and make your own mind up about whether it's a good or bad film.
Maybe you should go and see it and make your own mind up about whether it's a good or bad film.
7:00AM on 05/01/2014
I hear you on that one and I promise you I'm no sheep. Problem is I can't afford to see every film so I use the reviews to give me a rough idea of what to spend my money on. The chances I will see a good film for my money are increased and I am possibly more likely to support the films that deserve supporting. I usually go by the rottentomatoes score to make an educated guess.
I hear you on that one and I promise you I'm no sheep. Problem is I can't afford to see every film so I use the reviews to give me a rough idea of what to spend my money on. The chances I will see a good film for my money are increased and I am possibly more likely to support the films that deserve supporting. I usually go by the rottentomatoes score to make an educated guess.
10:32AM on 05/01/2014
Fair point.
Fair point.
4:04AM on 05/01/2014
I'd probably buy this movie when it comes out because it looks like a good demo disc.
I'd probably buy this movie when it comes out because it looks like a good demo disc.
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3:27AM on 05/01/2014
I disagree with this review, I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 even tho I thought the first movie was nothing special at all and I still wasn't sure about Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
I absolutely loved this sequel, everything from the cast to the soundtrack. They handled the muli villains much better than Spider-Man 3.
Thought Mr Garfield was much better this time round and I liked the relationship between him and Gwen.
The effects are amazing and I didn't feel the slow motion
I disagree with this review, I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 even tho I thought the first movie was nothing special at all and I still wasn't sure about Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
I absolutely loved this sequel, everything from the cast to the soundtrack. They handled the muli villains much better than Spider-Man 3.
Thought Mr Garfield was much better this time round and I liked the relationship between him and Gwen.
The effects are amazing and I didn't feel the slow motion parts weren't over used like in other Hollywood films.
At the end of the day, I really enjoyed the movie and that's what really counts.
Roll on Godzilla!

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4:28AM on 05/01/2014
Marc Webb apologists are always citing Spider Man 3 as a source of comparison (completely unfair as Sam Raimi was forced to make the studio's movie) i guess they realized the first two films are untouchable
Marc Webb apologists are always citing Spider Man 3 as a source of comparison (completely unfair as Sam Raimi was forced to make the studio's movie) i guess they realized the first two films are untouchable
12:10PM on 05/01/2014
chrisallenshow, I'm no Web apologist. As much as I loved Spiderman, and Spiderman 2, they are reeeeally terrible depictions of Spiderman/peter parker himself. Toby McGuire is a extremely subpar Peter Parker. And really in a spiderman movie, your actor who's playing Spiderman matters. I recently watched the first movie and David Koepp's script is just awful. Doc Ock in the second movie is great! The nods to Sam Ramis' older horror flicks in the transformation scene in the surgery room is also
chrisallenshow, I'm no Web apologist. As much as I loved Spiderman, and Spiderman 2, they are reeeeally terrible depictions of Spiderman/peter parker himself. Toby McGuire is a extremely subpar Peter Parker. And really in a spiderman movie, your actor who's playing Spiderman matters. I recently watched the first movie and David Koepp's script is just awful. Doc Ock in the second movie is great! The nods to Sam Ramis' older horror flicks in the transformation scene in the surgery room is also great! But wow is there a lot of crying and bad melodrama in that movie, and the script becomes too goofy. The train scene saves it. But one scene, does not a movie make. Now, I still have fun watching those movies but I think people are being REEEALLY harsh on these new Spiderman Movies.
3:23AM on 05/01/2014
I really liked The Amazing Spider-Man. I felt it was the best Spider-Man movie yet. Good characters with clear in tensions, well-acted and solid effects and 3D. But have not seen a single trailer nor featurette for ,this movie that stirs up a morcel of interest for me. I want to want to see it, and I will regardless, but everything from the previews to the reviews have me feeling I'm going to be disappointed. On another note, why is it that Sony decided to "reboot" a franchise with posters and
I really liked The Amazing Spider-Man. I felt it was the best Spider-Man movie yet. Good characters with clear in tensions, well-acted and solid effects and 3D. But have not seen a single trailer nor featurette for ,this movie that stirs up a morcel of interest for me. I want to want to see it, and I will regardless, but everything from the previews to the reviews have me feeling I'm going to be disappointed. On another note, why is it that Sony decided to "reboot" a franchise with posters and marketing materials that look exactly like those used in the original trilogy? I get "if it ain't broke..." but come on-juat throw a reflection of Doc Oc in the eye of any of the posters foe this movie and you've got a poster for Spider-Man 2. It sounds like a silly thing to gripe about but it comes down to exactly what is putting me off about this movie franchise: there doesn't seem to be anything original left in it. No matter what new villains they introduce it just looks like more of the same-a major overload of CGI set to the same tired plot points and humors of its predecessors. Like going to the same play over and over and getting a new handbill each night with a different cast list. All I'm staying is I'm ready for something new from Spider-Man. Think about Batman-every time it changed hands, for better or worse, we got a completely new and different look at that universe. Schumacher's films didn't look or feel anything like Burton's, and Nolan's films didn't look or feel anything like Schumacher's (thankfully). All this ranting comes down to one point and it may or may not be mine alone but regardless: Sony, in terms of Spider-Man, show me something a new. Take a risk, leave the familiar territory and surprise me. I would rather see you try and fail than continue to not try at all. (Just watch, now that I've said all that I'll go see the movie Friday and I'll end up thinking it's a masterpiece.)
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3:23AM on 05/01/2014
Hmmmm....the idea of set up was the problem I had with the first film. It was "now you'll know the secrets behind this and that..." and then nothing we didn't already know...I really hoped they had done something more substantial here. Hoping I'll still love it.
Hmmmm....the idea of set up was the problem I had with the first film. It was "now you'll know the secrets behind this and that..." and then nothing we didn't already know...I really hoped they had done something more substantial here. Hoping I'll still love it.
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3:16AM on 05/01/2014

Harsh

Loved it,seen it twice already.
Loved it,seen it twice already.
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2:55AM on 05/01/2014
That's too bad. I didn't much care for the first film. Lizard was boring and the origin story was something we'd mostly seen already. Admittedly, Garfield does make for a pretty decent Spiderman, if I still think that his character's backstory in this new series of films is a little darker than I prefer. One of the things I liked about Raimi's films was that it felt very comic bookish, which is what I want. These days, anyone that isn't Marvel seems to try to make these dark, Nolan-esque comic
That's too bad. I didn't much care for the first film. Lizard was boring and the origin story was something we'd mostly seen already. Admittedly, Garfield does make for a pretty decent Spiderman, if I still think that his character's backstory in this new series of films is a little darker than I prefer. One of the things I liked about Raimi's films was that it felt very comic bookish, which is what I want. These days, anyone that isn't Marvel seems to try to make these dark, Nolan-esque comic book films that are dark, serious, and have slightly too much brooding. I prefer a character like Spiderman to keep it mostly light hearted. Yes, I know a lot of Spiderman IS serious, but you can see the clear difference in the two series. Still, I had hoped this one would be a better film. A shame it's not.
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2:52AM on 05/01/2014

A truly mixed bag

There's a lot to like. When the story slows down and has time for Peter to be Peter the movie is phenomenal as are the action sequences. One thing I hated in the first was how Peter was a punk that got toned down here as well and for the first time I bought Garfield as Peter even trumping Maguire. Now the negative, the villains were rushed as hell with ending consequences that seemingly get overlooked. While not Raimi Spider-Man 3 level of coincidence the meeting between Dillon and Osborn
There's a lot to like. When the story slows down and has time for Peter to be Peter the movie is phenomenal as are the action sequences. One thing I hated in the first was how Peter was a punk that got toned down here as well and for the first time I bought Garfield as Peter even trumping Maguire. Now the negative, the villains were rushed as hell with ending consequences that seemingly get overlooked. While not Raimi Spider-Man 3 level of coincidence the meeting between Dillon and Osborn just seemed too convenient as was the mutual hatred of Spider-Man seemingly out of the blue. I feel it's better in many areas and worse in others the biggest being it feels rushed and too convenient (especially the Rhino bits) in parts. In short, I loved Spider-Man/Peter Parker and his allies I hated how his enemies' stories played out.
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2:00AM on 05/01/2014
I think Webb did a good job with the first, but looks like Sony didn't learn their lesson and slammed the sequel with content. Seriously - all that controversy over Spider-Man 3, and Sony goes and does the same thing, rush a story to get more villains.
I think Webb did a good job with the first, but looks like Sony didn't learn their lesson and slammed the sequel with content. Seriously - all that controversy over Spider-Man 3, and Sony goes and does the same thing, rush a story to get more villains.
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2:00AM on 05/01/2014
So the film is inconsistent along with the story being short handed due to the franchise setting up for the third film and Sinister Six film. That's disappointing to hear. One of my biggest problems with the first rebooted film was the story not having a solid core and foundation and the fact that it rushed itself. And to read Emma Stone doesn't have that much to do in this film is also disappointing since she is argurably the best part about this new franchise.

Glad to read the action
So the film is inconsistent along with the story being short handed due to the franchise setting up for the third film and Sinister Six film. That's disappointing to hear. One of my biggest problems with the first rebooted film was the story not having a solid core and foundation and the fact that it rushed itself. And to read Emma Stone doesn't have that much to do in this film is also disappointing since she is argurably the best part about this new franchise.

Glad to read the action scenes are good, even though the villains don't really seem fleshed out as much as they perfectly were in Raimi's trilogy. That was one of the best parts about Raimi's trilogy; the villains and how much depth they had and how detailed they were.

Ever since this film went into production I've been on the fence and now after reading this review, I will be going in with low expectations. And when it comes to the villains, I'm actually more excited to see DeHaan's Harry Osborne/Green Goblin Jr more then Foxx's Electro.

But this also sounds like this franchise will never touch the greatness of Spider Man 1 and 2.
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2:23AM on 05/01/2014
Spidey 1 and 2 are good but they arent Great, I n oticed a few weeks ago you made a complaint that his cell phone rings the spiderman tune and that that was something that should never be in the movie etc. However in Spidey 1 (or 2, i cant remember) theres a stupid old chinese woman with a ukelele in the subway singing that song full on lyrics while playing it on the ukelele.

If spidey 3 is amazing and sinister 6 and venom is good, we will look back at this movie and play the ol' o i wish we
Spidey 1 and 2 are good but they arent Great, I n oticed a few weeks ago you made a complaint that his cell phone rings the spiderman tune and that that was something that should never be in the movie etc. However in Spidey 1 (or 2, i cant remember) theres a stupid old chinese woman with a ukelele in the subway singing that song full on lyrics while playing it on the ukelele.

If spidey 3 is amazing and sinister 6 and venom is good, we will look back at this movie and play the ol' o i wish we had hindsight cuz this movie was pretty awesome (not amazing) the same way we look at iron man 2 now where they slowly seed the future of the Avengers.

If Raimi's spiderman was the 1960's cartoon, then Webbs spiderman is the mid 90s cartoon. Superior but still maybe a bit flawed.
3:18AM on 05/01/2014
ir on man 2 was horrible and don't get me started on the final fight between whiplash and iron man they build the damn thing up then the fight last's all of a minute or 2
ir on man 2 was horrible and don't get me started on the final fight between whiplash and iron man they build the damn thing up then the fight last's all of a minute or 2
3:24AM on 05/01/2014
That was Marvel rushing an Iron Man sequel. If they had had another year, it probably wouldve been better
That was Marvel rushing an Iron Man sequel. If they had had another year, it probably wouldve been better
4:51AM on 05/01/2014
Very well said The_ConMan

The exception I see is marvel had intentions to do something never done before. Sony has the intentions of 'we have to do whatever it takes to keep these rights!' so they will try to duplicate formulas other semi-similar movie franchises have had success with in their comic properties.

Very well said The_ConMan

The exception I see is marvel had intentions to do something never done before. Sony has the intentions of 'we have to do whatever it takes to keep these rights!' so they will try to duplicate formulas other semi-similar movie franchises have had success with in their comic properties.

1:57AM on 05/01/2014
Glad Im not the one paying for the ticket. The worst thing about Webb's take at the franchise for me is the villain design hasnt been right once. At least the Spiderman's suit is much better this time around
Glad Im not the one paying for the ticket. The worst thing about Webb's take at the franchise for me is the villain design hasnt been right once. At least the Spiderman's suit is much better this time around
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2:05AM on 05/01/2014
Agree. That's one of the biggest aspects separating the two franchises in terms of quality.

The villain design for Raimi's trilogy was perfect in my opinion and was very detailed like they literally jumped from comic book page to big screen.

I don't see that at all with Webb's take.
Agree. That's one of the biggest aspects separating the two franchises in terms of quality.

The villain design for Raimi's trilogy was perfect in my opinion and was very detailed like they literally jumped from comic book page to big screen.

I don't see that at all with Webb's take.
2:26AM on 05/01/2014
While I agree that Doc Oc and Sandman jumped right off the page, neither Green Goblin looked anywhere near how they did on the page. Save the snout, Lizard was pretty spot on. Soloist, sometimes I think your Bias towards a movie b4 it comes out clouds your judgement and you make yourself believe your own opinion even when you see it could (IS) wrong.
While I agree that Doc Oc and Sandman jumped right off the page, neither Green Goblin looked anywhere near how they did on the page. Save the snout, Lizard was pretty spot on. Soloist, sometimes I think your Bias towards a movie b4 it comes out clouds your judgement and you make yourself believe your own opinion even when you see it could (IS) wrong.
2:33AM on 05/01/2014
Every time I saw the Lizard, I thought "Goomba". The original Goblin suit may have been meh, but I'll take that over maskless/mutated Goblin. The only villain that absolutely failed in the Raimi films for me was Venom. They shouldve had the transformation, roll credits and saved him for the 4th one
Every time I saw the Lizard, I thought "Goomba". The original Goblin suit may have been meh, but I'll take that over maskless/mutated Goblin. The only villain that absolutely failed in the Raimi films for me was Venom. They shouldve had the transformation, roll credits and saved him for the 4th one
2:45AM on 05/01/2014
100% agreed w Venom, that wouldve given Topher 2 years to go BEAST mode into the gym and put on a good 20lbs of REAL muscle, not this mix of fat and muscle where actors say they put on 30lbs in 2 months (impossible even with anabolic steroids)
100% agreed w Venom, that wouldve given Topher 2 years to go BEAST mode into the gym and put on a good 20lbs of REAL muscle, not this mix of fat and muscle where actors say they put on 30lbs in 2 months (impossible even with anabolic steroids)
1:56AM on 05/01/2014

couldnt disagree more

I thought this was a huge improvement on the first one, and the third act was without a doubt the best part of the movie, it was clearly stated rhino was little more than a cameo, and with goblins screen time, electro was the clear focus as the main villain and the movie was over crowed, while this movie is not winter soldier good its at least a 7.5-8 out of 10
I thought this was a huge improvement on the first one, and the third act was without a doubt the best part of the movie, it was clearly stated rhino was little more than a cameo, and with goblins screen time, electro was the clear focus as the main villain and the movie was over crowed, while this movie is not winter soldier good its at least a 7.5-8 out of 10
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1:45AM on 05/01/2014

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it...

WAY too much going on. I predicted that ages ago.

So stuffed full of scenes/plot devices that may not belong AND trimming down screen time for great characters, forgetting story development, ignoring the motivations behind the villains' desire to kill S-M, and we'd have this. Review is hardly surprising, yet I can't believe I predicted what they'd do with Electro with the lack of screen time until later on (LOVED your IM2 reference). Such a waste.
WAY too much going on. I predicted that ages ago.

So stuffed full of scenes/plot devices that may not belong AND trimming down screen time for great characters, forgetting story development, ignoring the motivations behind the villains' desire to kill S-M, and we'd have this. Review is hardly surprising, yet I can't believe I predicted what they'd do with Electro with the lack of screen time until later on (LOVED your IM2 reference). Such a waste.
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1:44AM on 05/01/2014

I personally liked the Raimi's Spiderman

Not sure if i'm in the minority, but I actually liked Raimi's Spiderman, especially No.2, Doc Ock was a better fleshed out villain than Electro, who looked like Dr. Manhattan from the Watchmen, not to mention some characters, as the review mentioned, felt too "Joel Schumacher" (Giamatti and that Ravencroft Doctor). Harry/Goblin was underused, more so as a way to set up the Sinister Six, which was disappointing.

Something else was that Zimmer's score can get too bombastic and can get
Not sure if i'm in the minority, but I actually liked Raimi's Spiderman, especially No.2, Doc Ock was a better fleshed out villain than Electro, who looked like Dr. Manhattan from the Watchmen, not to mention some characters, as the review mentioned, felt too "Joel Schumacher" (Giamatti and that Ravencroft Doctor). Harry/Goblin was underused, more so as a way to set up the Sinister Six, which was disappointing.

Something else was that Zimmer's score can get too bombastic and can get distracting, to me anyway, he did the same in parts of the Man of Steel.
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1:42AM on 05/01/2014
Thanks for the good review. I'm planning on seeing it twice this weekend. At least now I know not to get my hopes too high.
Thanks for the good review. I'm planning on seeing it twice this weekend. At least now I know not to get my hopes too high.
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1:34AM on 05/01/2014
Oh well. I'm thinking they need a stronger director.
Oh well. I'm thinking they need a stronger director.
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1:59AM on 05/01/2014
I will never understand why they went with the guy whose only movie was 500 Days of Summer
I will never understand why they went with the guy whose only movie was 500 Days of Summer
2:01AM on 05/01/2014
Doesn't make any sense.
Doesn't make any sense.
2:24AM on 05/01/2014
Just like it doesnt make sense for Peter Jackson to fund a youtube/indie director to make District 9. Just dont make no god damn sense (in Billys voice from Predator). you start from the bottom soloist, you cross your T's you Dot your i's. You do good work and you move up. Sony saw that and gave him a shot.
Just like it doesnt make sense for Peter Jackson to fund a youtube/indie director to make District 9. Just dont make no god damn sense (in Billys voice from Predator). you start from the bottom soloist, you cross your T's you Dot your i's. You do good work and you move up. Sony saw that and gave him a shot.
3:04AM on 05/01/2014
The director's not the problem, Marc Webb is plenty strong as a director. The problem is the crap script. These are the same guys who wrote Transformers 2 after all. The first film had awesome writers, but suffered too many revisions and studio meddling, and left us with mixed results. If they were to give us a solo James Vanderbilt or Steve Kloves script then I guarantee you Webb could deliver an awesome Spidey flick. However, instead we're getting Jeff Pinker as the writer for numbers 3 & 4,
The director's not the problem, Marc Webb is plenty strong as a director. The problem is the crap script. These are the same guys who wrote Transformers 2 after all. The first film had awesome writers, but suffered too many revisions and studio meddling, and left us with mixed results. If they were to give us a solo James Vanderbilt or Steve Kloves script then I guarantee you Webb could deliver an awesome Spidey flick. However, instead we're getting Jeff Pinker as the writer for numbers 3 & 4, which doesn't inspire me with much hope.
3:13AM on 05/01/2014
The difference though is Spiderman is one of the most successful film franchises. District 9 if I recall was born out of an aborted Halo movie (which given the history of video game movies, cant imagine them betting a lot on it in the first place) and wasnt exactly a high risk, big budgeted movie compared to other blockbusters
The difference though is Spiderman is one of the most successful film franchises. District 9 if I recall was born out of an aborted Halo movie (which given the history of video game movies, cant imagine them betting a lot on it in the first place) and wasnt exactly a high risk, big budgeted movie compared to other blockbusters
4:58AM on 05/01/2014
THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUS: The studio wants a director who can paint by numbers and take direction not give it. Not someone with a respected career telling them what they think could make it better, or wanting to put their own artistic twist on it.
THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUS: The studio wants a director who can paint by numbers and take direction not give it. Not someone with a respected career telling them what they think could make it better, or wanting to put their own artistic twist on it.
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