The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Name: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Year: 2014
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 142
Description: 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.
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

 

I don’t know… Was it bad or passable?

 

First of all, everyone really has dumb lines in this movie. Villains would be so much more convincing if they didn’t feel the need to say things like ‘It’s time to meet your destiny!’ all the time. A romance would be much more believable if the girlfriend didn’t state matter-of-factly: ‘I am breaking up with you, now.’, or if Spider-Man didn’t “write” ‘I love you’ and then added: ‘It says I love you because I love you.’ for good measure. Oh, and why exactly does Electro hate Spider-Man? I still didn’t figure that out. When Spider-Man tries to say cool stuff, it’s weird. When he starts crying into Gwen’s shoulder one moment after that, it’s weird too. Especially in the final scene, Spider-Man really comes across as an emotionally imbalanced person. At one point, he asks his aunt to tell him everything about his dad and that it’s okay that it’ll hurt him. The poor woman then utters three sentences and it already proves to be too much for our superhero. The actor who plays Harry sucks as well and the number of villains is just over the top. Where do they keep coming from?

 

Hans Zimmer’s score was better than I thought it would be. I’ve been going through an anti-Zimmer phase over the past few months, so was already happy to discover that the score wasn’t written in D minor. The main theme is good, but I don’t see the point of composers re-inventing musical identities that have already been established. James Horner’s theme was brilliant, why not use it? Also, the entire score sounded as if it was being played by a computer. What’s wrong with a traditional orchestra?

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