Amazing Spiderman 2 (4/10)
the superheroes, Spiderman has always seemed the most ridiculous. Even
though there’s some spurious explanation for the meager “powers” he has,
it defies any reasonable suspension of credulity. Just because he can
spin webs which allows him to seem like he’s flying, doesn’t mean he can
engage in mortal combat with the monsters he attracts, and not only
survive but emerge victorious.
said, I thought that the last iteration, The Amazing Spiderman
(2012), that retold the original story but with much better actors
(Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone) than in the first to be reasonably
same cannot be said for this sequel, which adds Jamie Foxx and Dane
DeHaan as bad guys. This is a good role for Foxx because there is no
range expected, so there’s nothing at which to be disappointed. All he
does is look angry and emit sparks.
however, does give a splendid performance, probably the best in the
movie, as Peter Parker’s long-lost friend who becomes one of his big
foes. It’s only when he is on the screen that the movie comes alive. He
brings emotion, much more than what Parker and Stone try to create as
putative lovers. They impart about as much chemistry as this film
imparts credibility. The love interest part of the plot falls
particularly flat. Whether that’s due to the directing, the acting, or
the script is difficult to determine, probably an amalgamation of all
three. Whatever the reason this “romance” plays a big part in the movie
and the lack of chemistry between them is deadly.
Stone, did she really have to be so obviously painstakingly made up in
every scene? Her profuse makeup is so apparent that she almost looks
like an animation instead of a real live girl.
it in IMAX and 3D, neither of which adds much to the film, which is
devoted in large part to special effects. Except for the opening titles,
the 3D is pretty much unnoticeable except for the few times that
explosions cause particles to fly out in the audience’s faces, a passé
trick first foisted on audiences back at the dawn of 3D in Bwana
Devil (1952), which, as I recall, was more enjoyable than this.