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Movie Stars: Action-packed mess

11 May 2014 By Ryan Permison, Columnist 3 Comments

With summer comes superhero movies, and this is the summer of sequels. Captain America came back in April, and now the famous web-slinger returns with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is trying to balance his responsibilities to his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), as well as helping those in need as Spider-Man.

Things get complicated when his childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns to take over his father’s company, Oscorp. Electrical engineer Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) is unwittingly transformed into Electro and tries to drain all the power from the city. The stakes are raised when Electro, the Green Goblin and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) try to destroy Spider-Man by any means possible. Additionally, more secrets are revealed about Peter’s parents and how they are connected to Oscorp.

What may have looked good on paper turns out to be a mess on the big screen. This was not Spider-Man’s finest hour by any means. The action sequences are really well done and fun to watch, but the last 20 minutes are so jam-packed that is it hard to know what is going on and what the director was aiming for in the end.

Before Max Dillon became Electro, his character was not what I imagined and just seemed goofy and comical. They should have saved Green Goblin and Rhino for the third film. Plus, they cast the wrong person to play Rhino. He was not what I thought he was going to be either. A certain character moment could have been handled differently, though if I say anything more it would be a spoiler. To me, for this rebooted franchise, this was the equivalent of the “Spider-Man 3” of the previous franchise and we all know how that turned out.

My expectations were very high for this sequel but it didn’t quite work. I am still looking forward to “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” but they need to fix the mistakes that were made in this one, if they have any hope of being better. I give “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” six out of 10.


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