The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro – CBF Review
So the unnecessary sequel to the unnecessary reboot.
In an effort not to make an absolute fool of myself like I did on my review for the last Amazing Spider-Man, I’ll be keeping this one short.
Because I may not erase my mistakes, but I do run from them at every opportunity. I’m brave like that.
So the plot this time around makes the same mistake as Spider-Man 3 by having too many villains (even the villains get villains for their own plot arcs). Electro (Jamie Foxxy Love) is a lonely Spider-Man fantard who electrocutes himself while being irresponsible on his job, gets superpowers, and then has an enormous tantrum when Spider-Man gets more attention than he does. We now have an emo reboot Harry (Dane Dehaan) to match our emo reboot Spidey, and he becomes the Green Goblin while trying an experiment to stave off a life-threatening illness. Peter Parker/Spider-Man faces off with them while trying to keep his relationship with Gwen Stacy going. He also shrugs off his dead uncle issues to take up some even more pathetic dead daddy issues. Yada yada yada Gwen is killed when Peter unsucessfully tries to save her during a fight with the Green Goblin. Which would have never happened if Peter had honoured Denis Leary’s dying request from the last movie to stay the fuck away from his daughter so she doesn’t get killed. Oops. More emo fuel, I guess.
I hate this movie because Electro is such an underdeveloped, whiny little brat (and is terrible at his job); the dead daddy stuff wastes ungodly amounts of screen time (which, again, pushes the runtime over the 2 hours mark); and Peter has already cried within the first 17 minutes of the movie. Save it for the funeral, baby.
But it’s not all bad because the action sequences (yes, even the CGI) are top notch (that clocktower fight has a lot of 90s Batman-esque set design and is fabulous); Gwen is a cool chick, even if she is, and always has been, fated to die; and Harry isn’t afraid to inject himself with strange substances. Which is a handy quality to have for a supervillain in pursuit of power.
Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars.
It was a lot of fun, but Andrew Garfield still hasn’t got shit on Tobey Maguire’s 2002-era buffness.