Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Shadow’s Rating: 6/10– Not a bad movie, just could have been so much better. [EDIT- the more I think about this movie the more it disappoints me. ]

Shadow’s Theatrical Rating: 6/10
Shadow’s Rewatchability Rating: 5/10

Worth: Matinee ($6) + Used Blu Ray ($13) = $19

Rotten Tomatoe’s Rating: 55%, 5.9/10
Audience: 74%, 7.6/10

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Plot in a Nut Shell: Peter Parker is juggling being Spider-Man and Peter Parker at the same time. The same relationship stuff that has happened in the Spider-Man movies happens. Oscorp is evil. BAD GUYS.

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Spoiler Free Thoughts…

– I hate to start negative but this movie had so much potential. A TON of potential. Instead, it was diminished by a horrible pacing, the same old Parker/girl friend stuff, and fast tracking the Goblin story line instead of focusing on it OR pushing it back a movie and letting it fester a bit.

– I really feel that if the movie FOCUSED on Harry’s transformation, kept true to the source material a bit more in the end, cut out Rhino altogether… the movie woulda been a contender for best movie of the year. But some baffling decisions dropped it to its current rating.

– Sony is simply trying to world build way to much instead of focusing on the present. They want to make an “Avengers-esque” franchise… but they have one hero really. THE MOST POPULAR HERO IN THE WORLD NOT NAMED BATMAN. They should just focus on that… instead they use a ton of the movie on Peter’s parents bullshit and on Sinister Six bullshit. My lord, just focus on making a great Spider-Man movie time in and time out and you will make your money.

– The action scenes were pretty good. The first scene in the movie with pre-Rhino is entertaining and the other fights with Electro and Spidey were pretty good. The Goblin fight was so quick I barely remember it.

– ‘Rhino’ was an awful addition to the movie. Such a hammy performance.

– The Goblin stuff happened way too fast and instead should have been the focus of the movie. It could have been great and ended up rushed instead.

– I hate the Peter’s dad stuff. Hate it. Waste of 20 minutes.

– Spider-Man was perfect once again in this movie. Loved the movements, the inventive ways the webbing was used, his speed and reaction times, and the quips were excellent. Peter Parker on the other hand just doesn’t feel nerdy enough. He is too cool and hip.

– Peter/Gwen stuff was good… but way over done. Way too many scenes with the same stuff we have seen in other Spider-Man movies.

– Uncle Ben means nothing in this universe and that is kind of sad.

– Electro looked cool as hell in my opinion. His powers were really cool on screen. The actual character though of Dillion… needed more work. More screen time. Catching on to a theme here? Lots of stuff needed more screen time and it was wasted on world building.

– I thought Harry was acted well by whoever that actor is. Ijust wish there was more time to spend there.

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Spoiler Filled Thoughts After the Jump…

– The Death of Gwen Stacey is iconic in the comic book world and they did a pretty good job portraying it in the movie… except this is one aspect they REALLY should have stuck to the source material. In the comics, Spider-Man is cocky he saved her… only to be devastated that she was dead when he pulled her up. He then went basically Wolverine beserk and beat Osborn to the inch of his life before snapping out of it. THAT would have been awesome and epic… to see Peter so broken he nearly beats to death one of his friends… would have been powerful.

– The cliff hanger ending… what the fuck? Tease the Rhino in all the trailers and that is what we get… what we saw in the trailer? Fuck.

– So… Harry knows Spider-Man is Peter… why doesn’t he just fucking tell everyone then and destroy him? Or blackmail him for his blood? Did he just all of a sudden forget in prison?

– Peter is kind of a dick. His “best” friend is dying and he won’t help? Just denies him twice without trying to find a way to help him? Just say, “nope, sorry not gonna happen” and watch him die?

– I like that Gwen isn’t the useless damsel in distress. She actually tries to do something Pepper Potts style.

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