Presented by James M. Tate / 5/01/2014 / 1 Comment / 2014 , action , andrew garfield , jamie foxx , marvel , superhero
REVIEW OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
|year: 2014 rating: *|
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!