The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

I will not be repeating any of the stuff I mentioned in my non-spoiler review, which you can read here: https://taestfulreviews.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/the-amazing-spider-man-2-2014-non-spoiler-review/

Rarely is a movie such a mixed bag for me. I absolutely loved how Mark Webb’s team handled Gwen Stacy’s death. But… DID THEY HAVE TO KILL HER OFF?!?

Well, there goes the face of your franchise.

Well, there goes the face of your franchise.

I honestly have no problem calling Emma Stone the face of Mark Webb’s franchise. People are mixed on Garfield, but everyone loves Stone. Not only is she a more engaging actress than Dunst, but her character is so well-written and so well-done. And they killed her off folks. They killed her off.

I guess that’s the reaction I was supposed to have, but in terms of getting me to see the next installment… oh wait.

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You’d expect me, a huge Spider-Man fan, to be jumping up and down at this news, but I’m not. And you know, since I’ve already done a pretty in-depth review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already, I’d actually like to talk about this: why is everyone so freakin’ happy about Spider-Man being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Marvel doesn’t make good films! I’m sorry. They don’t. Not consistently, at least. They’re more fun than Sony and Warner Bros., but they’re equally as stupid. They consistently hire sub-par directors to take on their projects while Warner Bros. brings in Christopher Nolan and considers directors like Darren Aronofsky. Hell, for as much as I hate Sony for being too involved in the film-making process, at least they are willing to pay for their actors, as seen through the hire of Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti. No. Marvel makes cheap, safe, by-the-numbers movies, and people love them for it. Well, let me break it to you. We will NEVER get a movie better than Spider-Man 2 with Marvel. With Sony, we had a chance.

Real, genuine, visceral storytelling.

Real, genuine, visceral storytelling.

While I understand there is a lot to hate about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I never quite understood why people hated it. Wasn’t it a movie with much potential? People didn’t seem to like stalker Spider-Man or the back-and-forth between Peter and Gwen, but those were my favorite parts. Forget the action scenes I already saw in the trailers. This is what I want to see from Webb!

I mean, what was your favorite part of the movie? The graduation speech at the end? Gwen Stacy’s death? And why would we even care about those scenes? Isn’t it because we became invested in Gwen’s relationship with Peter? Aren’t those scenes contributing to that relationship?

Aww look at them try to be friends.

Aww look at them try to be friends.

For as much as I am unhappy about Sony’s collaboration with Marvel (another reboot? sigh…), I think I understand it. When you make movies that builds an emotional core off of performances like Garfield and Stone’s and you have still have people who HATE your movies, then I think there’s something more than just the movie that’s ticking people off. I think people hated The Amazing Spider-Man 2 because it represented the future line-up of films to come from a company that had refused to hand the rights back to Spidey’s home company, Marvel. Perhaps its fatal flaw is that it advertised too much for the Spider-Man spin-off movies.

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So here’s my sympathetic farewell to the franchise. I will miss Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, but especially as Spider-Man. And I will miss Mark Webb’s strengths as a director. But here’s to the Sony/Marvel future! Let’s hope they prove me wrong and bring out the best in each other.

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