The Turning Point of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Why This Movie is an Embarrassment

The Turning Point of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Why This Movie is an Embarrassment

The Turning Point - An editorial of comic book movies featuring key moments that as fans, we should revolt against. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of the wort offenders in the modern age of comic book movies.

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By theturningpoint - 5/14/2014

 
I had the misfortune to witness the abomination that is known as the unwanted sequel in the series known as "The Amazing Spider Man". As a enormous comic book fan I didn't go into the theatre with distain, instead I gleefully paid my overpriced admission and sat in eager anticipation. As a film lover I was excited to see the brilliance of Paul Giamatti give life to "The Rhino" as well as Oscar winner Jaime Fox take on the oft misunderstood "Electro". But my excitement was soon turned to head shaking sadness at the train wreck that is "The Amazing Spider-man 2". 
 
Minutes into the movie it seemed strange that Peter's father would struggle to upload a video via an Ethernet cable on a crashing plane. Not only did he have ample time to upload the video and many other points prior to this dramatic moment, but obviously a crashing plane’s ability to maintain some sort of internet connection is somewhat far fetched (in the late 90's prior to the internets widespread use, no less). But I let this go, in favor of still enjoying the movie. 
 
Soon Jaime Fox makes his appearance in a costume design that only be labeled as ridiculous, carrying a stack of blue prints through time square. Not only would no one on earth carry blue prints in this manor (a blue print holder at Staples costs under $20) but Foxes oversized pocket protector and outlandish comb over make him look like something out of a bad Saturday Night Live sketch. Now chuckling at the ludicrous performance of academy award winner, I still attempted to let it go and enjoy the movie. 
 
Foxes transition into electro is (to put it mildly) stupid. The Oscorp executives clearly tell us that ALL the biological projects have been destroyed in the aftermath of the Lizard (as seen in the first film), to appease investors. Yet, no one seems to notice that the major Oscorp present day project (the NYC power grid) seems to be fuelled by giant tanks of electric eels. I guess the investors just ignored that, but either way it's not clear how falling into a tank of them after being electrocuted would not certainly kill a human being instead of transforming them into a poor mans Dr. Manhattan. 
 
After some cartoonish action, we're treated to the budding romance of Gwen and Peter, until Peter inexplicably changes his mind and breaks up with Gwen despite the fact that he had been seeing her father's ghost for quite some time, including hours before his mysterious change of heart over dim sum.
 
After hours or relentless tonal shifts by director Mark Webb (who can't seem to figure out what kind of movie he is trying to make) we get a break in the form of an actually smart plot point in which Peter discovers his fathers secret lab. 
 
You'll have to ignore the fact that the lab carries world-changing, life altering scientific secrets and almost no security besides figuring out one only needs to rotate a turn style. You'll have to also ignore the fact that it's unclear why the lab existed at all because Oscorp is well equipped with many secret rooms and labs and projects. Putting all that aside, Peter's father gives us the rationale that Oscorp could never figure out how to use the spider venom because it is encode with the Parker DNA. This actually gives credibility to rise of Spider-man...that is until Harry injects himself with the same spider venom and survives by using a healing suit coincidently located a few feet away. 
 
At the end of the movie, Harry is featured briefly with apparently no ill effects of the venom, despite the fact that it was clearly established that the venom is lethal and despite years of research no one at Oscorp could figure it out. This is of course after Harry breaks into a maximum-security prison with relative ease, and frees electro for no apparent reason. I say this because we're supposed to believe that Harry can break into a maximum security prison and free the most closely guarded super villain in existence by himself (and while gravely ill), but requires Electros to break into Oscorp. 
 
It's at this moment that Electros powers become nonsensical. At one moment he is unable to escape a futuristic Hannibal Lecter-type ice bath, and the next he can disappear into a light socket. Take note that the Oscorp installed battery display on the side of Electros head persist despite his ability to literally transform into pure energy. 
 
Despite this Spider-man battles Electro, and himself becomes seemingly invincible. I almost laughed out loud when Spider-man becomes the victim of numerous insane electrical shocks with no ill effect. 
 
But I was able to let all this go....until a moment of insanity that became the turning point. 
 
At a key moment in the film, right before Spider-Man’s ultimate showdown with Electro. Spider-Man begs Gwen to leave. As most comic book readers know, Gwen is wearing her dying clothes from "The Night Gwen Stacy Died", so there is no way she can leave. It's at this point that Gwen explains that she must stay because she is the only one who knows how to operate some garbled technical power computer required to stop Electro. Keep in mind that this ludicrous plot twist is never established at any point in the movie. To our knowledge Gwen is an office temp at Oscorp, with no knowledge of the cities power grid little own how to operate it. Peter never questions the insanity of Gwen’s claim, nor is the audience ever supposed to wonder how an 18-year-old high school graduate acquired knowledge normally held by a high-ranking city engineer. 
 
To make matters MUCH worse, when push comes to shove, how does Gwen operate said machinery? She unlocks it (with a key she coincidently finds) and pushes a big flashing red button. At this point absurdity is too kind a word. There is absolutely no reason she could not just have to told Peter that the only action required to operate the power grid is to push a giant red button. To be clear, this is job that we are told only Gwen can perform....pushing a button. 
 
Needless to say I found Gwen's death hollow and cheap in the aftermath of a movie so full of plot holes it was truly embarrassing. As if to kick us when we were all down, Paul Giamatti finally returns for a glorified cameo in another nonsensical suit, which Spider-Man seems to face with ease. Why would Oscorp build a tank in the shape of a rhino, you ask? There is no reason, they just thought it would be cool I guess. I proper tank would have made much more practical sense, but at this point who cares. 

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DrDoom - 5/14/2014, 11:20 AM
Not news, even if I agree with you. Put this in Editorials section.
Highflyer - 5/14/2014, 11:21 AM
Many of this is nitpicking.
yossarian - 5/14/2014, 11:22 AM
You earned yourself a thumbs up from me.

[frick] the lovers. This movie blows.
MercwithMouth - 5/14/2014, 11:25 AM
Not news....
xaiyasak - 5/14/2014, 11:26 AM
this is not even a news. time wasted
themidnightking - 5/14/2014, 11:28 AM
Thumbs up, now put it the Editorials section
Aztlan - 5/14/2014, 11:29 AM
100% agree with you, but this review would be better in the Reviews category :P
MercwithMouth - 5/14/2014, 11:30 AM
"I guess the investors just ignored that, but either way it's not clear how falling into a tank of them after being electrocuted would not certainly kill a human being instead of transforming them into a poor mans Dr. Manhattan."

Stopped reading here...

You mean to tell me that being bitten by a radioactive spider, or being caught in a Gamma bomb blast are acceptable and plausible reasons to develop superpowers, but eels aren't. How about falling into a particle accelerator full of sand? That is the stupidest nitpick I've ever seen.

After that, your little 'article' loses all credibility.
theartofoneness - 5/14/2014, 11:32 AM
Also, peter parker cries for 50 minutes of this movie.
deanwilkins - 5/14/2014, 11:35 AM
I don't agree at all.

Marc Webb approached this film with the intent to make it fun. In other words, not serious like the Batman trilogy and not as "invested" as Avengers. It's a movie about a wisecracking guy who dresses in spandex imitating a spider because he was bitten by one. Have you ever thought about how stupid that sounds?

The movie is corny, fun and features virtually nobody who acts like a normal human being would. And honestly, for that, I liked it.
It was far from perfect, but much further from being terrible. You're nit-picking and feeding into the pathetic hatred others are spewing. If I were to take the approach you took with this film and applied it to other comic book movies, I doubt any of them would rank as being anything more than "bad".
Highflyer - 5/14/2014, 11:36 AM
Not trying to sound butthurt but many of the film's supposed faults can also be found in beloved and acclaimed movies such as TDK trilogy and spider-man 2.
Jaspion - 5/14/2014, 11:37 AM
tl, dr.
McNyagano - 5/14/2014, 11:41 AM
"She unlocks it (with a key she coincidently finds) and pushes a big flashing red button. At this point absurdity is too kind a word. There is absolutely no reason she could not just have to told Peter that the only action required to operate the power grid is to push a giant red button. To be clear, this is job that we are told only Gwen can perform....pushing a button."

LOL this reminds me of Lois in MOS where she only had to put the command key in Kal El's baby pod xD
Highflyer - 5/14/2014, 11:46 AM
@Merc
You mean to tell me that being bitten by a radioactive spider, or being caught in a Gamma bomb blast are acceptable and plausible reasons to develop superpowers, but eels aren't. How about falling into a particle accelerator full of sand? That is the stupidest nitpick I've ever seen.

After that, your little 'article' loses all credibility.

^^^^^^
THIS!
Thing94 - 5/14/2014, 12:25 PM
DrDoom - 5/14/2014, 1:29 PM
Thing stole my gif!

And he's using it to SUPPORT TASM?

Pending - 5/14/2014, 1:29 PM
What a craptastic movie. Marc Webb really doesn't know what the [frick] he's doing, I wonder if he's gonna have this wildy inconsistent of a tone with the third cause the first 2 don't even feel like they're part of the same franchise.
MercwithMouth - 5/14/2014, 1:30 PM
@HighFlyer

Dude's an idgit...
MrBlackjack - 5/14/2014, 1:32 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed this film.
Gamera623 - 5/14/2014, 1:32 PM
Wow this article is terrible.

ASM2 is fantastic. If you didnt like it stop calling yourself a comic book movie fan.
Just stick with The Dark Knight Trilogy and love the realism and how they took out all the elements that made it feel like a comic book.

ASM2 embraced that it was a comic superhero movie, and I loved that about it.
Acecalban1 - 5/14/2014, 1:33 PM
theturningpoint shut up you bell end.
MrBlackjack - 5/14/2014, 1:33 PM
I'd post more, but I've got my hands tied up on another site, lol.
COREYxYEROC - 5/14/2014, 1:34 PM
lmao... get a [frick]ing tampon you [foo foo]. the movie was great...
COREYxYEROC - 5/14/2014, 1:34 PM
lol... foo foo XD
beto - 5/14/2014, 1:34 PM
Gusto's back on business

TheRealRemyLebeau - 5/14/2014, 1:34 PM
@theturningpoint take this Shit down now!!! Your opinion is your opinion but I enjoyed Tasm 2 as well as many users who were polled on this site. The movie is being lied on and people are over exaggerating the bad over the good in this film. Take this Shit down. ;)
boboMELOSHE - 5/14/2014, 1:35 PM
There are tons of errors in the teaser let alone the first paragraph. Give ur articles a once over before you post... how did this make the front page.
GL - 5/14/2014, 1:37 PM
At the end of the day, Webb and Garfield are making money and are going to continue to make movies you're going to end up seeing. It's a comicbook movie, stop expecting these movies to be Oscar worthy movies. They're for entertainment purposes only. Stop nitpicking.
blackandyellow - 5/14/2014, 1:37 PM
I want a Spider-Man origin story that acknowledges the fact that some dude showed Peter Parker porn and then molested him when he was a kid.




TheRealRemyLebeau - 5/14/2014, 1:37 PM
Terrible article that should've never made it to main. Keep this colostomy bag opinion in the Editorial section. Spidey 2 is still making money hater. ;)
TheRealRemyLebeau - 5/14/2014, 1:39 PM
@B&Y that sounds like Bryan (Boy wonder fondler) Singer ;p.
marvelmaniaco - 5/14/2014, 1:40 PM
Everyone has an opinion but this is all just nitpicking! I enjoyed the movie and it will always enjoy it from now on and that can't be changed I cannot wait for the whole amazing spiderman universe
lolken - 5/14/2014, 1:41 PM
The guy who wrote this article has no penus.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 5/14/2014, 1:42 PM
Once again. TAKE THIS SHIT DOWN!!!!!!! ;)
BlinkyStark - 5/14/2014, 1:42 PM
what's this?

anyways pure cinematic horse crap like man of steel

FVCK YOU SONY!!!
iMVuze - 5/14/2014, 1:43 PM
On every Spider-Man article it's the same people bashing it and it's the same people defending it (myself included) so I gotta ask does anyone read the comments? Does anyone see the other's point? Some people are just making stuff up just to bash it. "Peter Parker cries for 50 minutes in this film." Lol what? All these nitpicks I will use on every CBM that comes out from now on because I guess somewhere at some point there was a list of standards released and I guess TASM 2 didn't reach a single one.
CaptainAmerica31 - 5/14/2014, 1:43 PM
Zach Efron was just casted as Doc strange or something
InHisPrime - 5/14/2014, 1:43 PM
So @BnY in other words Marc Webb is skip? Gotcha!

I haven't seen this movie, my friends told me this movie is amazing, but they aren't comicbook fans like I am. I want to go see it, but I don't want to be disappointed. I'll just download it off the internet.
CaptainAmerica31 - 5/14/2014, 1:44 PM
He's playing something
blackandyellow - 5/14/2014, 1:44 PM
I didn't read the article, but I gave it a thumbs up just because of how much it's pissing people off.
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