I had very low expectations, so I really wasn't looking forward to The Amazing Spider-Man follow up. So is it better or worse than the first outing? Hit the jump and check out my review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 .

After watching 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, I felt underwhelmed and thought the film was mediocre at best. Despite that the sequel is an improvement, unfortunately it's not enough to warrant the convoluted story, and jumbled narrative. Yet again Sony does a terrible marketing job, showing off a majority of the film, whereas I wasn't surprised by the main plotpoints, along with leaving many scenes out on the cutting room floor. 

Of course there are some positives with this film, one of them being Andrew Garfield who truly is a great Peter Parker/Spider-Man. And the relationship he has with real life girlfriend Emma Stone really shines here, and even though the little intimate scenes between Peter and Gwen seemed forced, it works for what it's going for. As for the villains, starting off with Max Dillon/Electro portrayed by Jamie Foxx is overly goofy, which I had no problem with. But Electro was supposed to be looked at as a sympathetic character, and I didn't see that. The same can be said for Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, who does a good job, later leading up to the Green Goblin arc which felt rushed. And for Paul Giamatti as Rhino? He wasn't needed at all, and was way over the top. 

The story itself like I said was all over the place, reiterating the "Untold Story" from the original film, diving into the real reason for the disappearance of Peter's parents. But wasn't important, as it didn't really push the movie forward at all. Feeling that it dragged on for too long. Overall it was incomplete to me, and it could've been much better, with it trying to do way too much.

The action was cool, and having some very intriguing visuals. But the main thing that really stood out was the swinging scenes. Seeing Spidey doing all these insane acrobatic moves was fantastic, and looked very realistic. I literally felt like it jumped out the pages of the comics. Hans Zimmer's score was interesting, being able to utilize techno themes for Electro and a very sinister one for the Goblin. But the Spider-Man theme he chose was great, which I catch myself humming from time to time.

Overall The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn't great, nor is it bad, it's just ok. And I really don't see myself getting excited for the Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs. Marc Webb does what he can, but with what he and Sony have established with this franchise so far, doesn't do much for me.

RATING: 2.5/5

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Pasto - 5/4/2014, 5:53 PM
I was raped by Mark Webb.
JoeMomma29 - 5/4/2014, 6:00 PM
@ Pasto

LOL! Was that the screaming I heard in the back of the theater?
SwanRonson - 5/4/2014, 6:01 PM
I liked it.

It wasn't necessarily a good movie, but it was a good Spider-Man movie.
marvel72 - 5/4/2014, 6:01 PM
2.5/5 is about right,i gave it 3/5 i thought it was good but had flaws.
n1ghtw1ng2832 - 5/4/2014, 6:03 PM
People need to lighten the hell up. This movie wasnt great by any means but it definitely wasn't as bad as everybody is making it out to be. I thought it was pretty good.
ATrueHero1987 - 5/4/2014, 6:05 PM
I agree with your review. An OK/Good movie. That being said, Sony should REALLY slow down with it's "Cinematic Universe" because if they don't, something tells me they will be in REAL trouble...
Pasto - 5/4/2014, 6:06 PM
Lmao, [frick] you Joe.
fedeferruzola - 5/4/2014, 6:07 PM
The trailers = full of action. Butt in the movie oh, surprise! only 20 minutes of action sequences.
Pasto - 5/4/2014, 6:07 PM
To be more specific I was raped by Sony.
DVonShakari - 5/4/2014, 6:08 PM
I had to have a few strong drinks in me when I saw this was much better the 2nd time around without all my senses fully intact and me barely thinking
Greengo - 5/4/2014, 6:09 PM
Dayum : (
DVonShakari - 5/4/2014, 6:09 PM
James Dehaan's performance was the best to me...
DVonShakari - 5/4/2014, 6:10 PM
Just go into the movie's a lot better when you don't have to think as much
Humperdink - 5/4/2014, 6:10 PM
This movie wasnt great by any means but it definitely wasn't as bad as everybody is making it out to be.

Then the review score is absolutely fair.
A 2.5 out of 5 is a mediocre/average score.
I would also give it a similar score using that system.

It wasn't horrible but it also wasn't good enough to see again.
It definitely needed someone to come in and take a lot of the shoehorned elements and characters out of the film and use them in another film or not at all.

As it is, this whole movie felt like a setup for another one. I hope that film is better than this one because I didn't get to know or even care about seeing those 2-D villains ever again.
DVonShakari - 5/4/2014, 6:12 PM
Let Christopher Nolan make a Spider-Man film!!!
DVonShakari - 5/4/2014, 6:14 PM
Guy Ritchie would do an awesome job on Spider-Man as well...
Mercwitham0uth - 5/4/2014, 6:15 PM

No, it was Bryan Singer who raped you.
JoeMomma29 - 5/4/2014, 6:15 PM
You know I was more butt hurt over IM3 than this movie....... but I can see why people are disappointed.
JoeMomma29 - 5/4/2014, 6:16 PM
@ Mercy

Now! Now! That was alleged consent.........
Starfox - 5/4/2014, 6:16 PM

If only that could happen. Sadly Nolan can't do everything though.
superotherside - 5/4/2014, 6:16 PM
Bad movie. Nuff said.
JoeMomma29 - 5/4/2014, 6:17 PM
@ Merc not Mercy
Starfox - 5/4/2014, 6:17 PM

I agree. I was expecting a lot more from IM3 than I was from this Movie.
iZinDiaN - 5/4/2014, 6:17 PM
That scene of [SPOILER] dying got me. The way it happened, I think it was perfectly directed. The rest of the movie was definitely not bad. It was decent. That one [frick]ing scene though..
Highflyer - 5/4/2014, 6:18 PM
@0megaDaGod he pissed on what the character represents? What scenes were that?
JoeMomma29 - 5/4/2014, 6:18 PM
Oh well Spiderman 2 will still be one of my top CBMs out there.
Highflyer - 5/4/2014, 6:18 PM
Anyway, I loved the movie. 4/5 for me.
Highflyer - 5/4/2014, 6:19 PM
what I don't get is some of the things people complain about and say that made the movie terrible was in spider-man 2 (a movie that is said to be one of the best cbms of all time.)
Pasto - 5/4/2014, 6:20 PM
I'm not denying the idea that Bryan Singer touched my no-no square. I think both he and Webb ruined me.
Pasto - 5/4/2014, 6:21 PM
I can't believe I'm saying this but I agree with Mantinium.

JoeMomma29 - 5/4/2014, 6:21 PM
@ Pasto

That is how I feel about Spielberg and Lucas!
Starfox - 5/4/2014, 6:23 PM
its funny because Nolan hasn't really made a film where he had to use those type of visuals besides Inception. I think we will see more of his skill come out later this year with Interstellar, but there's no reason to assume that he doesn't have the capacity as a Director to make a well executed Spider-Man Film.
DVonShakari - 5/4/2014, 6:23 PM
Yes to Nolan making a Spider-Man film.....he'd give us a fight scene similar to what we saw in Inception and that = Awesomeness
FastFlames - 5/4/2014, 6:25 PM
@DV I thought that was the first film?
PenditaMarah - 5/4/2014, 6:25 PM
the best thing ever I like in this movie is,the way gwen stacy died.I like the way she died.
Abary - 5/4/2014, 6:26 PM
Good review. Bad movie.
DVonShakari - 5/4/2014, 6:28 PM
George Lucas isn't doing much these days....he could do a Spider-Man film
Bread - 5/4/2014, 6:28 PM
I liked it. Dane DeHaan was really great and now I'm excited for Sinister Six.
xMichaelxScottx - 5/4/2014, 6:29 PM
Before I say this I'll say in your review you didn't say this but I notice others have. It feels like people bash this movie because they didn't like the first one. Yes it had its flaws, but IMO it beats the Sam Raimi Trilogy. All I can think of is the Sam Raimi trilogy as a slow soap opera like my mom used to watch when I was little. These movies can keep the story moving even during its normal dialogue. At this point though I'm convinced a lot of people nitpick which is true. Now some people have valid reasons for things they didn't like in this movie. But when people say, "Max Dillon had a comb-over and a gap in his teeth, I can't sit through this," its straight up nitpicking.
SuperCat - 5/4/2014, 6:32 PM
Saw it earlier today. I went in with low expectations and I was still disappointed.
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