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Why Can’t Spider-Man Get a Screenplay as Good as the New ‘Captain America’?

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ amazes in its disposability

April 30, 2014, 12:00 am

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers from the same affliction that plagued Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. There are too many thinly drawn characters, way too much happening all at once, and the characters and story don’t have room to breathe or develop.

I’d always assumed a purpose of rebooting the Spider-Man series—aside from making money—was to correct the errors of Spider-Man 3. How naïve of me!

And how naïve of you, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), to think you can have the girlfriend (Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, and she’s better than the screenplay deserves) and be a superhero! And how naïve of me (again!) to think Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro could breathe life into such a half-baked idea; this guy becomes a villain, literally, because he’s angry at Spider-Man for not being his friend.

Then there’s Harry Osborn (Dean DeHaan—also better than the screenplay deserves), who goes from being misanthropic to psycho in about two minutes. Plus, his relationship with Peter is glossed over, as if we’re supposed to remember from Raimi’s Spider-Man movies that these guys are great friends.

It’s the kind of lazy plotting screenwriters Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman used in Star Trek Into Darkness: Cash in on audience fondness for what came before, and maybe they won’t notice the life has been drained from it, and cheaply. No thanks.


Directed by Marc Webb
With Garfield, Stone and Foxx
Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14
141 min.


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