Movie Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony)

Back in 2012, Sony Pictures decided to reboot the Spider-Man movie franchise. Directed by Marc Webb, and with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, the film was a huge success. So […]

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Back in 2012, Sony Pictures decided to reboot the Spider-Man movie franchise. Directed by Marc Webb, and with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, the film was a huge success.

So Marc Webb is back in the director’s seat with Garfield again. But the big question is would it strike lightning again.

Personally, I don’t think so. When I was watching it, I felt the entire film just took a huge step backwards. One of the best things about the first reboot film is it was grounded in the “real world”. This film isn’t. I swear as I was watching it, it was Sam Rami directing again. The “camp” factor that I thought they left behind, came back.

My main issue was with Jaime Foxx as Max Dillon. Before his transformation into Electro, he was just pathetic. Too goofy looking with this bad comb-over. I get the fact that it was supposed to show how sad he was, but it just went too far.

And it just wasn’t Foxx, there were scenes with Garfield that were also campy. I thought it would be different but just more of the same.

And the overall plot of the film really seemed all over the place. There were just too many things going on at once.

Now it wasn’t all horrible. Garfield has really eased into the role of Spider-Man. There was noticeable difference in characters between Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Garfield, when in the costume, gave Spider-Man a heavy New York accent. I really did appreciate that. And most important, HE KEPT THE DAMN MASK ON!!

Sally Field and Emma Stone return as Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. They both did a good job in their roles again.

Besides Foxx, Dane DeHaan joined the cast as Harry Osborne. I wasn’t overly thrilled with his portrayal, but it wasn’t the worst I’ve seen. At least his wasn’t over the top.

Overall though I wasn’t 100% thrilled with the film, I am glad I saw it. It’s not as horrible as people are assuming it is. But I would save your money and not blow it on IMAX.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens nationwide on Friday May 2.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.