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original title: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
duration: 2h 22min
tags: Rise of Electro
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I didn't find myself caring about any of the characters. The music did not engage me. The major character deaths did not make me cry or feel for the characters. At least the acting and effects were good. Version I saw: UK cinema release (2D)
Photography/visual style: 6/10
If the producers of this film thought everyone would have forgotten the Raimi versions by now, they were dead wrong. The reasons for these films are well-documented: contractual stipulations mean Sony lose the rights to the character if they don't make films on a semi-regular basis. The commercial machinations are quite interesting, in a way, but not very artistically credible.
To be fair, in some areas, this version stands up quite well. Andrew Garfield makes a good Spidey, balancing the nerdy weakling and wisecracking hero sides of the character. This has especially pleased some people who never liked Tobey Maguire's portrayal, although I think he was at least as good. The rapport with co-star Emma Stone is good as well; whether this is just good acting or a sign of their reported off-screen romance I do not know, and to be honest don't much care, although I understand that it makes a great bit of PR. Too bad that... well, you'll see.
Out of the two villains, Dane DeHaan has even more of a balance to strike as the schizophrenic Harry Osborn/Green Goblin, and manages it with more aplomb than James Franco did, in my opinion. It's just a shame that James Foxx is given so little to do as Electro. He is a very good actor, and doesn't deserve to be CGIed almost out of existence and given an emotional register that ranges from angry to very angry.
The plot holes have been commented on by others, but I think they overstate the matter. Yes, there are plot holes, and contrivances, and none of the good stuff is quite enough to forgive this, but many of the criticisms don't hang together for me.
The biggest difference between old Spidey and new, and the one that is most difficult to surmount, is the director. Marc Webb seems capable enough, but he just doesn't have that touch of flair that Sam Raimi could add at times. Without that, the new films will never be more than passable.
For my full review, see my independent film blog on Blogger, Cinema Inferno: http://cinemainferno-blog.blogspot.co.uk Webb's film is bold and bright and possesses charm in abundance. It swings into the future and carries the audience with it. Electro is the major villain. Harry Osborn later becomes the Green Goblin. Rhino also appears to confront Spider-Man at the end of the film. No, he never even appeared onscreen in this series. He was mentioned a number of times and Peter Parker sent him an e-mail to rethink Spider-Man's negative publicity. Jameson responds with an e-mail reading, "WRONG". Shailene Woodley had been cast to play Mary-Jane Watson, but all of her scenes were removed from the final film. It was decided her character was not essential to this story. There is no post/mid-credits scene expanding the events from The Amazing Spider-Man 2" There was an X-Men: Days of Future Past preview that was shown in theaters, but it is not available in Blu-ray/DVD releases. Stan Lee is seen at Peter and Gwen's graduation. When Peter's name is called, he says, "I think I know that guy." The idea was for the two villains Doctor Octopus and the Vulture to later appear in a spinoff for the Sinister Six. This series was prematurely discontinued and followed by another reboot, so the film about the supervillains teaming up with each other was shelved, while the reboot has nothing to do with these Spider-Man movies at all. Marc Webb had planned this series as a trilogy and thought he would return to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3 which was originally scheduled for release on June 10th, 2016. Sony Pictures then decided to delay it from being released until sometime in 2017. An agreement was eventually made with Marvel Studios to have Spider-Man appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe