A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Michael J. Bassett
Max von Sydow,
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. It's great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Written by
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Written by Jesse James Rutherford, Zachary Abels, Jeremy Freedman and Michael Margott
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I am utterly appalled by how horrendous this movie is. I honestly cannot wrap my mind around how this thing got made (or at least got released in this condition).
The movie starts with a plot line that you couldn't care less about. Remember Peter's parents from the first movie? No, well that's because no one cared about them. Thankfully we get to see even more of their completely intriguing back story here... just kidding. It sucks a lot. The opening scenes involving them are plagued with horrible acting, choppy editing, poor directing, and bad, clichéd dialog. In fact, this trend continues through a lot of the movie.
Scenes involving Paul Giamatti and his horrible Russian accent are laughable. He seems to have just stepped out of a cartoon. I know this is a comic book movie, but even in the fun world they are trying to create this just doesn't fit. I see what they wanted to do but this scene is just so poorly done. Spider-Man is just not that funny, and again it seems to be choppily edited and poorly written. Even Gwen's decent speech(which way too obviously foreshadows her death) is ruined by putting stupid action sequences over it.
A similar scenario comes up with Jamie Foxx's Max Dillon. He seems to be confused about what movie he is in. Imagine if you multiplied Jim Carrey's Riddler from Batman Forever ten-fold. That is Foxx's character here. The performance and dialog is truly cringe-worthy, and he has absolutely no motivation for anything he does other than the fact that he's crazy and loves Spider-Man (that is until he forgets his name).
The Osborn family is just as bad. As Norman dies, he tells his son Harry (who we are somehow supposed to give a crap about) that he has the same disease. The whole scene is pretty bad and although they try to explain away why they spend their last moments together fighting and why they make a teenager the head of a company, that doesn't make it better.
By the time Harry and Electro decide to work together (shocker ), the movie really just becomes so horribly awful it is beyond repair. Almost every scene becomes just so laughable and the ones that aren't have a completely different tone. It's like five different people directed the movie. It has no idea if it wants to be serious or not.
Then, with only thirty minutes left of the movie, we get this whole scene that seems to only exist to set up a Sinister Six spin-off and make Harry the Green Goblin just so he can kill Gwen and leave room for a new leading actress in a sequel. Electro and Green Goblin are then both easily defeated (and put to the side immediately afterward), and although they try to show that Peter doesn't want to fight Harry it doesn't really work because we only just became aware of their relationship.
There are a couple funny lines here and there, but everything is just so uninteresting. Harry's search for a cure is boring because he is essentially a stranger and no one even seems interested in it (especially Dane DeHaan), everything involving Electro is frustrating to watch, all of Aunt May's scenes are poor because Sally Field seems to just be phoning it in, and even Peter and Gwen's relationship begins to become boring and repetitive.
Everything in the movie exists only to move the plot along. And at times it seems it's not even trying to move this movie's plot forward but instead step up sequels and spin-offs. Everything in the movie's plot is connected but not because it's a smart film, but because it is relying on coincidence.
I honestly can't explain how bad many of these scenes are. Throughout it, you keep asking... Was that really the best take? Were those really the best lines you could have possibly written? Was any of this even scripted? Like did you intend to make a film or did it just kind of happen accidentally and you figured "hey just stitch all this random crap together and add in some CGI...It will be fine"? Well, sorry to tell you Sony but it wasn't.
Despite all this, there are some good things. Andrew Garfield is still a pretty good Spider-Man (and an alright Peter Parker), Emma Stone is great as always, and their relationship is the best part of the movie (likely due to their real-life relationship and Marc Webb's directing as he's experienced with such scenes). The action is also fairly well directed, but good action sequences don't just make a great movie (especially when you add random "tension" to them). And although I may seem heartless, I must admit that the scene involving Gwen's death is actually saddening. It may be rushed but the acting and directing here is actually really well done. In fact the few scenes following it are the best in movie. There are some great shots of Peter standing beside Gwen's grave for months on end. It's like it's the only part of the movie that anyone working on it actually gave a crap about (unfortunately that too is ruined with Spider-Man coming back at the end instead of it being left more ambiguous).
In short, this movie is a disaster. It suffers from a horrible screenplay, cheesy dialog, poor editing, and directing and acting that is good in one moment and horrible the next. It exists solely to move the dying franchise forward and to make more money. It is a heartless piece of media and, in my subjective opinion, is very poorly made. It is without a doubt the worst movie I've seen this year and definitely the worst Spider-Man movie.
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