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REVIEW OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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When you glance at the latest Marvel villain Electro with a squint of the eye, he sort of resembles Mr. Freeze from the infamous BATMAN AND ROBIN, which is pure heaven compared to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2...

Andrew Garfield was way too hipster-mopey the first time around, and now he can’t stop cracking wise as he jovially leaps through the air defending residents of New York City. With a witty line for just about everything, his goofy behavior as superhero awkwardly clashes with the real guy inside, Peter Parker…

During corny scenes with love interest Gwen Stacy, Garfield’s performance is downright TWILIGHT, or else he’s so smug and sarcastic there’s never a sense of urgency... But Pete ain't the only problem here… Instead of legitimate foes we’re stuck with boring antagonists who hate Spider-Man because they really, deep down, love him to tears: This includes Jamie Foxx’s hammy portrayal of gap-toothed geek Max Dillon, a frustrated electrician at the plot-pivotal Oscorp Corporation who, once he falls into a vat of electric eels, can manipulate his very own lightning bolts and plunges into light sockets. After his first face-off with Spider-Man, the glowing menace winds up at an old school sanitarium where he's eventually sought after by villain number two, or one, or something… Enter Dane DeHaan playing THE DARK KNIGHT style Harvey Dent/Two-Face of the film… That is, it takes a really long time before Harry Osbourn changes into his own inevitable persona – in this case, Green Goblin: An 11th hour transformation resulting in two bland battles for the price of one, making the epilogue's intentionally campy robotic Rhino seem a much better candidate to have battled Spider-Man the whole way through and, simplistic or not, at least he has pride in his villainy!
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  1. This kind of makes me sad, and it sounds really really bad that they already have messed up the Sinister Six. But from the very first time I saw screenshots of Electro I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. As well you may or may not know the Rhino, Electro, the Vulture, Green Goblin are all part of the Sinister Six who were some of Spider-Man's most daunting villians that he had ever fought. The Vulture wings in the trailer and seeing the Rhino made me turn all watery inside.

    Okay I'm a Spider-Man nerd, and curse every day that they didn't kill Gwen Stacey in the 'first' Spider-Man 3, no reason whatsoever for having her in the movie, and Green Goblin, and not play out the "Death of Gwen Stacey" - yes, Spider-Man nerd (hint: he was my 'first' favorite comic book - the fact that I spent every extra penny on back issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, blah blah blah)

    Electro looks cheesy from the get go. BUT if they F-Up the RHINO - by the way the RHINO is my all-time favorite super-villian, period. How do you think I got my nick-name? It was Nick that called me the Rhino the first time because, 1 - he knew Spider-Man was my favorite super-hero, and two, well Spider-Man fought the Rhino on many occasions. He drew Spider-Man fighting Doctor Doom and Rhino in my year book.

    Alright great review. I'm seeing it today. I'll punch my head repeatedly afterward.

    OH and just an aside. Everyone complained about Hayden Christensen being Anakin Skywalker, the emo Vader. Especially in the first trailer, haven't seen the movie yet, but damn Andrew Garfield looks like a 'clone' - haha - of Hayden. Just saying...

    Keep it up sir!

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