Thursday, May 15, 2014


The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Directed by Marc Webb
Written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci 
Jeff Pinkner & James Vanderbilt

     If there is one thing, amongst many, that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is, is that it is not anywhere close to being amazing. What a pile of junk (shit) this film is and will always be. Boredom sunk in not ten minutes into the film. Villains that were completely uninteresting and a continued love story that had absolutely nothing to offer in any aspect of reality or fantasy. The first film, The Amazing Spider-Man, was not very good either, but this is one of the worst films I have seen all year and far worse than the first one. A dull, boring, CGI-infested film full of bad writing, storytelling and character development. This is not a good way to start off the Summer Blockbuster season, but we cannot expect much from Hollywood anymore when it comes to these series, sequels, reboots and remakes. This is the Hollywood film industry we live in now.
     I must have shifted in my seat a hundred times during this 2-hour plus cartoon. Yes, it felt and looked like an over priced animated film with a want-to-be comic book-y film look and feel to it. At least Sam Raimi's films had some decent story lines and more thorough focus on character growth. These writers, especially the horrendous Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who have turned Hollywood blockbusters into mindless garbage, have no talent and weak creativity, much less five a shit about carrying on an engaging story. Spider-Man versus super villains from Oscorp. The end. An emotionless love story between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). How can it be this bad when you have two talented actors in Garfield and Stone? Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and find out. There is chemistry between the two actors, but not between the two characters. Give me a break. Give me a sense of honesty, compassion and reality at least.
     I was also hoping to be at least somewhat engaged by the villains Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx), Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino (Paul Giamatti), but I should have known. No depth, no connection and no sense of menace or seriousness. Nothing that you get out of the Batman villains from Christopher Nolan's films. Just fancy graphics and build ups for future installments in this franchise. That is a big problem with these films. Everything is made for multiple films, instead of being grounded and focused on the film at hand. I happened to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and liked the aspect of humanism finally being presented in a Marvel film, but still felt like it was just a setup for The Avengers sequel. It was half ok, but half terrible. Focus on one film and give a connection at the end or not at all. Enough of this crap.
     If you are going to make a sequel, it should grow and strive to be better than the first one. Example is Nolan's Batman films which hinted a clues for future films at the end, but each film stood its ground as a solid piece of entertainment and filmmaking. That got better or at least did not falter from the start. Most of the Marvel films are just setups for the next one and an easy way to entertain mindless Joe and Jane Popcorn moviegoers. There is nothing wrong with being entertained, but create a good story with some intrigue. Cannot expect that when Kurtzman and Orci are behind the pen or computer. There writing is junk, but they are multimillionaires because they write this drivel that the movie going public today soak up. Eye candy and wanting visually satisfying entertainment is all these people want. Film escapism can be good, but not like this.
    This "sort of" review is more about the emptiness in these Hollywood, comic book, reboot franchises than the actual film, which by the way, is horrendous. I do not even need to write about the story because there is nothing to write about. If you have seen any of these comic book films then you know what you are going in for, and if you liked the others, you will probably like this automatically. There will not be any intelligent discussion or film insight to this product. These films are a retail machine and do not appear to be slowing down. Money makers do not stop and in Hollywood they do not appear to grow. Expect more of the same for years to come. Here is to hoping Godzilla from Gareth Edwards, which does look suspenseful at least, turns out to be a pleasant surprise.

Photo credit by IMDB.

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