36) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [3.0]

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). (2014)

Oh, Mark Webb.

Count me as one of the many fans of 500 Days of Summer. Webb made a solid and original romantic comedy led by two charming performances. That’s one of the things he does well as a director– get good performances at of his actors. So what happened in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? This film is a train wreck that sets comic films back twenty years, all the way to the days of the awful Schumacher Batman & Robin film.

Spider-Man 2 fails in virtually every way: the script is so ham-fisted, jumbled and inconsistent in tone that it feels as if the audience is watching a quick succession of random scenes. The way in which they changed how Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man completely undermines what makes the character who he is. And Jamie Foxx… what are you doing? Paul Giammatti at least plays Rhino as a cartoon buffoon and it works. But Electro/Max is so incredibly over the top that I cringed whenever Foxx was on screen.

The score may be one of the worst I’ve heard in all of film. Just abysmal. I’m not really offering anything constructive or worthwhile here, and it’s because I have such a large disdain for this film. I can not recommend it by any means, not even as a “hate watch”- it just won’t entertain you at all.

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