If you remember my original review for The Amazing Spider-man 2 during opening weekend you will recall that I was less than pleased. I had a bone to pick. So many things just didn’t add up in the movie and it just wasn’t working for me. Well… I rewatched it tonight and I’m ripping that old review up and moving this movie to its rightful place as my second favorite Spider-man movie after the original Amazing Spider-man. That’s right, it’s going from worst to second. So what happened?
Honestly… I think I was swayed by all the reviews I had read and that’s a shame. I think maybe I should steer clear of other peoples reviews from now on. So let’s hit up the chronological order of issues from my original review and take them one by one.
1) The plot was way too scattered. There just wasn’t a “main story-line” outside of the Peter/Gwen love story.
The plot does have a lot going on but what I took for scattered was actually pretty impressive narrative from all angles that revolved around the Peter and Gwen love story which would come to an end.
2) Electro should have been completely cut from the movie. From the lame way he got his powers to him being a captive to a bad acting doctor for most of the movie, to his only motive to get back at Spider-man… because Spidey didn’t remember him… lame… Jamie Foxx basically copied Jim Cary’s Riddler in Batman Forever. From persona to villain it felt like a replay of Batman Forever.
The character of Electro was a means to an end. He was also the key to Harry finding out that the Special Projects section was still doing human experimentation. Harry wanted Spidey’s blood and Electro wanted to kill Spider-man. The reason Electro was mad at Spidey is still on shaky ground but all in all it worked. The way Electro got his powers? That still should have been altered but I digress…
3) Instead, they could have focused on why the Norman was dying, how that effects Harry, flesh out a motivation for Harry to suit up and even use the glider.
They did. I’m not sure why I did pay more attention to this the first time around. As far as the Glider, Harry did read over the Special Projects files and the suit did have a healing component to it. Maybe I missed when that was flashed on screen, I don’t know…
4) The colliding planes during the power outage. WHY??? This was a completely worthless waste of time. Spidey didn’t know the planes were going to collide, he did not know that he had such and such minutes to get the power back on. It was completely outside the story and only used to add urgency for the audience. But it didn’t work. It just took away from the story. Not to mention… Air towers would have generators that would kick on if the power went out.
It actually did work… I forgot… This is a Spider-man story and New Yorkers… Everyday Joe’s are heroes everyday of their lives. This scene was pointing to the every man’s pressures and stresses and what they do to overcome them in their darkest time.
5) Spider-man is witty NOT campy. Wearing the suit while being sick in the robbery scene and wearing the fire hat while spraying water on Electro was pure camp.
Actually it wasn’t… This was pointed out to me long before the tonight’s rewatch though. There are comic’s panel to prove me wrong here.
6) The doctor at Raven Croft was almost too much. CAMP in the extreme.
He was camp… but “too much”… He really wasn’t in it too much. Seriously, those reviews I read before hand really did a number on me.
7) Electro “playing music” with the power station… What? Why?
He did, but it really didn’t bug me this time.
8) The Green Goblin fight was over too soon.
I didn’t feel that way this time either. As a matter of fact… We knew what was coming and that was more important than the actual fight scene.
9) The suit, while finally being correct, didn’t always look red in the CGI scenes. The red sometimes look almost a purple… it was weird.
This one must have been something in the theater presentation of the one I went too because it looked just fine and colored perfectly in the stream tonight.
10) The secret train station and the campy way you accessed it.
Comic book camp but hey… It’s all good…
The things I mentioned in the prior review that worked continue to work and I find myself having an awesome time while watching it. Also, the score was amazing this time around. I don’t think I noticed it the first time I saw it but the main theme is really heroic and I liked it a lot.
So sorry Spider-man 3…. but back to the bottom for you. And with this, the rebooted Spider-man is once again my favorite version. The lesson here, stay away from the reviews and just go and enjoy the movie without other peoples pre-conceived banter!!! I was wrong. I can admit it.