The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Times watched: 1
*WARNING SPOILERS BELOW*
Despite what I had heard going in, I was still optimistic about this movie. I liked how the first one brought a more emotional take on Peter Parker then the original trilogy did. While they did an ok job of keeping true to the Peter/Spider-Man that they introduced in the first movie, the rest of the movie left me asking more questions they I got answers to.
So lets dive into the movie and talk about villain over kill. Holy shit. We had 2 primary villains, 2 secondary villains and they implied several more.
My take on the villains:
We have a newish oldish takish on Green Goblin. I didnt mind it and like Dane DeHaan alot in that role.
We have Smurf Electro whose powers include the best comb over ever and ability to miraculously fashion a Fantastic Four uniform for himself. This version of Electro should be pretty bland looking and outside of the face not have a ton of characteristics. But whatever, its who we got as the "main" villain so of course they should add stuff to him...
As for Rhino, same story as Electro - like many of the Marvel films after 2000, they take some references from the Ultimate Universe so the Rhino in this film actually made sense to that point. It was just lame how he was implemented.
Norman Osbourne wasnt used enough and they should have had more build for him. Hopefully we see that in the future in the form of flash backs or some kind of resurrection story. Either way Norman was the top of the villain ladder and he is responsible for all the other bad guys.
In the first movie, Spidey got his ass handed to him from start to finish against 1 baddie. In this movie he put up a much better fight (apparently took super hero lessons from...Mystique? in the off season... more on that later) but still needed a ton of help to get the job done. Which, when you think about it, did he ever really get the job done?
Anyway, Gwen Stacey helped Spidey alot in both movies. She was basically his side kick. I mean, who else in the entire Marvel Universe would ever think about magnetizing something to beat your opponent. I mean wow, such a clever idea! But seriously, I liked her and she was hot, so at the end of the day she was probably my favorite character in the movie. That being said, great move taking her out! Spider-Man should be perfectly fine without her... yeah.
I guess my review to this point makes it sound like I didnt like the movie, but thats not true. It was fun and I will watch it again Im sure. It just didnt have the WOW factor I wanted and to me was just a bonified set up movie. Bring on the Sinister Six!
Ryan's rating: 7/10
Bonus Scene & Easter Eggs:
The XMen Days of Future Past clip was Stupid. Unless of course they were letting us know that Mystique trained Spidey how to fight off multiple foes. In that case, it makes sense to give her some props during the credits.