Hey, today is the month of MAY and you know what that means……..
TIME TO MAKE ANOTHER “INSERT WHATEVER IT IS” MONTH IN ORDER TO RULE THE INTERNET WORLD OF REVIEWING!!!!! Or just boost my numbers up or something and this time, its MARVEL MAY for the Mind of the Hybrid One.
Yes, I will review 5 things of media of anything Marvel, considering this and last month has a lot of Marvel highlights in it and believe me, there is more to come with the studio and brand name and on this time on Marvel May, I will review the latest movie to come in theaters, sadly it’s not the one part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since this is the one Sony won’t let go because they really got nothing else to offer and that is The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. 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). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
Now have seeing the first entry of the newly rebooted Spider-Man movie series, I only got low expectations of it considering I was mixed during the first one as it delivered some great performances from the actors but has the unneeded (but not completely bothersome) mix of heavy drama, much like the Nolan Batman movies and goofy yet awkward moments that really distorts the tone all around and for this entry……..well, I feel just the same as the first one honestly, with more of the awkward and unnecessary moments during there.
But however, the movie do have its good moments in there and that really stick it to you, mainly it’s the relationships that Peter Parker has been bonded of. Whether it’s the romantic relationship between him and Gwen Stacy with after the events of the last film and her father died in the last movie and that the relationship was on and off (although if you already saw the movie, you can tell the signs of what’s to come), the friendship of Harry Osborn with his dad Norman and himself dying due to some cancer, radioactive ish, and of course the one with his parents and Aunt May, following the loss of Uncle Ben although Peter was being mostly a bastard to her whenever he brings out his parents. That part of the film got me invested in what will happen to him, even looking back at the disappearance of Peter’s parents, Richard and Mary. A lot of emotion happen during most of those parts and you can see Marc Webb’s fingerprints on this.
But……unfortunately the narrative of the story is just chopped and screwed all over the place despite having those interesting parts of the movie but as for the villains……..man, I think they screwed up with the villains. First off, Electro played by Jamie Foxx and while he was trying his best, I thought it was just awkward and unnecessary and his motive for being a villain……that was just weak sauce and him as Max Dillon, I wanted to feel sorry for the guy but they just wrote him as a petty helpless nerd that want to be noticed but he’s invisible to everyone and his obsession of Spider-Man just got creepy in my opinion.
Harry Osborn in the movie was half good for the most being with his friendship with Peter but halfway, he comes off as a spoiled little shit of a brat. I get with all the stuff he’s been through, he was looking for a way to fix that but he came off as worse than Venom in Spider-Man 3 and for as for Rhino…….was he even needed in the movie? I felt like they could have just edited that out. Sure it is entertaining seeing Paul Giamatti with a fake Russian accent but if they would’ve utilize him more than Electro, I would’ve been okay with that. Also, I have noticed that the villains here do have similarities towards Batman Forever and it shows. They felt like cartoon characters out of nowhere instead of developed villainous characters with the right motivations. Hell, I felt like I was watching the Sword Art Online villains at work, except less rapey and they have a little bit of sense and now that you think of it, I’m glad they cut off Shailene Woodley playing Mary Jane Watson because that would’ve been too much.
And also with Sony planning their own Marvel Cinematic Universe with them just mentioning The Sinister Six movies and it felt like a prequel to that because since Marvel/Disney did an excellent job on that, Sony wants to make that move. But, hey, it could be worse…….they could be doing what DC/Warner Bros. are doing.
The action scenes and the special effects are put together amazingly (HA, get it?) especially the final fight between Spider-Man and Electro and that really should’ve been the final fight in my opinion. Musically, the score is just fine and I didn’t mind Electro’s theme because I’m mostly experimental when it comes to music and yes, I did like the Alicia Keys/Kendrick Lamar track at the end and the addition of Pharrell Williams in the score.
For acting overall, I will give out all the praises to Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Sally Field for their performances as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy, and Aunt May respectively. Jamie Foxx was just wasted in the movie and Dane DeHaan was trying…….yeah, he was trying and he is a good young actor but he just come off as a little bitch to me.
FINAL VERDICT: Like the first movie, I don’t hate it but I didn’t love it. For the most part, the film has some good performances now and then with some genuine emotional moments but the tone is all over the place as it felt like a 90s superhero movie and got all the problems of that. I get that they want to distance themselves from the Raimi films and it’s good that they did……it’s just not as good as a standalone. I’m not a fan of this reboot franchise but I don’t have much Venom (shut up) for it. It seems like something I would watch on cable.
So, once again, The (not that) Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets the grade of…..
PLANET TYRO RATING: VANILLA
And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the Marvel goodness in one format.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 – courtesy of Columbia Pictures/Sony