OK, that’s an exaggeration. It’s not amazing. But it is pretty good. Probably the fifth-best movie I’ve seen all year.
Now, Amazing Spider-Man 2 has gotten a lot of flak from critics for being “overwhelming” and “crowded.” Quite frankly, I have no idea what they’re on about. If you can follow the plot of your typical Batman movie, you should be able to follow this. Sure, a lot of stuff’s going on, one could even say constantly, but it’s not like your reading a bunch of PhD dissertations one after the other. It’s just Spider-Man. Peter’s parents die. Next scene. Peter saves a bunch of people from the Rhino, bumps into Jamie Foxx, and makes it to graduation just in time to get his diploma. Next scene. Peter is conflicted about whether or not he should keep seeing Gwen despite her father’s warnings. Next scene. And so on. This should not be too much to process.
I honestly don’t see what everyone’s deal is with this movie. Sure, it has its problems. Andrew Garfield’s dialogue is almost entirely comprised of mediocre one-liners, the movie leaves you with only a few surprises, and ultimately it’s just a segue between the first movie and the third movie, but it’s still an entertaining, enjoyable, action-packed movie that is not only a good Spider-Man movie, but also has a few good dramatic moments in there, too (I cried when Gwen died, even though I saw it coming from a year away).
This brings us to one of my favorite parts of the movie: the color. I complain time and time again that literally every action movie is almost entirely orange and dull blue. And often, franchises will slowly evolve into this monochrome dullness that annoys me so, like Hunger Games or MCU. This movie makes a big deal about using four major colors: red, blue, green, and yellow. It uses the colors to contrast between different characters, settings, and villains. And I love it. I kinda wish a movie could just use normal everyday colors instead of putting it through Instagram filters, but there’s always The Avengers for that.
Ultimately though, my favorite part of the movie is the cast. Andrew Garfield does a great job as Spider-Man, Emma Stone does a great job turning Gwen Stacy into a character I can tolerate, Denis Leary manages to convey a lot of emotions through his dialogue-free performance (I find it interesting that Willem Dafoe was in the old Spider-Man movies, and Denis Leary is in the new Spider-Man movies playing a different character, even though Denis Leary’s only joke is that he looks like Willem Dafoe), Jamie Foxx is amazing, Sally Field is annoying but pretty good, and Paul Giamatti is absolutely unrecognizable as the Rhino. BJ Novak didn’t do a great job, but it’s always nice to see BJ Novak. Honestly, I prefer Foxx’s Electro over the Electro from the comics, for a variety of reasons. The movie strongly hinted that J Jonah Jameson will be appearing in the next one, and I really hope they get the same guy who played him in the first one, because that performance was the tightest shit.
The movie has a bit of an Iron Man 2 problem, in that it’s really just meant to lead up to the next one, but the difference is that while Iron Man 2 was useless, this movie actually set up half the characters that would be part of the Sinister Six, as well as hinting at two more (Doc Ock and Vulture). Rumor has it Sony is planning a Puss In Boots-style spinoff following Venom, and I feel like they opened the universe up for his arrival as well with this movie. I’d really like to see how they handle Venom, especially since there’s not much you can do to update the style of Venom. It’s just Venom. Plain and simple. Then again, why do reboots always have to update the style? If the design is working, why change it?
The song played over the credits was much more satisfying than the mid-credits scene (there was no post-credits scene), as that song was “It’s On Again,” the Kendrick Lamar/Alicia Keys collaboration produced by Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams. That may sound pretty amazing on the surface, but Kendrick’s verse might be my favorite of his so far (aside from maybe “Love Game”). It’s just a really good song, and I hope to see it on Billboard pretty soon *ahem*. The mid-credits scene, meanwhile, was a brief scene from Days of Future Past, which didn’t set up, imply, or even say anything. It was basically just Mystique kicking ass for ten seconds. However, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship between Fox and Sony.
So overall, I give Amazing Spider-Man 2 quite possibly the best rating it has received so far, an A-. You really should check it out if you haven’t already. Albums ‘n’ shit coming this week, plus some other stuff after that. Like if you like, favorite if you favorite, follow if you follow, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY, and as always…
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