Lists, by their very nature, are arbitrary and ephemeral. For the most part, they are made out of boredom, or for the purpose of inciting an arguement; I learned that from High Fidelity.
The fourth best Beatles song is still a great song, while the fourth best Beatle is Ringo Starr–on this we can all agree. Everything else is a matter of personal preference. I am not you, and you are not me, and if the both of us agreed on every subject, one of us would be redundant, and we both know which one of us that would be.
It would be me.
I think it is safe to say that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the fourth best comic book movie of the year, and by “comic book I mean “superhero.” If there was a Batman film this year someone would make the arguement that he is not a superhero. It’s a fair point, but then I would feel compelled to include all films based on comic books and I don’t want to go there.
It’s up to you to decide if The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a Beatles song, or Ringo Starr, and I have a sneaking suspicion I know the answer. I liked TASM 2, but I am weird like that. I can understand why so many people, and critics, disliked it.
BEGINING OF SPOILERS!!!
Electro was a bit of a weak villain, with no motivation other than revenge against ol’ Webhead. So far, the filmmakers have stayed away from the villains used in the previous series of films; the exception being Green Goblin, or Hobgoblin–it was never stated.
We knew at some point Harry Osborn would show up, since he is an important character, and it seems that the only reason he was in TASM 2 is so that he could be responsible for the death of Gwen Stacy, because that is how it happened in the comics. If Gwen died any other way the fans would have gone even more nuts. Never mind the fact that Gwen’s father died in the previous film during Spidey’s fight with Curt Conners, but in the comics Spider-Man was battling Doctor Octopus. No one seemed too bothered with that.
The film was bookended by Spidey going up against Aleksei Sytsevich a.k.a The Rhino. I thought these were fun and not at all superfluous, unlike in certain unnamed films that I otherwise love.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did spend quite a bit of time setting up the Sinister Six film, that is if Sony decides to go ahead with it. It may come out in 2016 because TASM 3 has been pushed back to 2018; if the stories are true.
I liked the action scenes, and I think that the relationship between Peter and Gwen was very acted. It helps matters somewhat that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are in a real life relationship. Then again we have seen real life couples who have absolutely zero chemestry on screen.
I didn’t write anything about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when I saw it in the theatre, make of that what you will. Sometimes I have nothing to say, and sometimes I want to wait until I see it on blu-ray, because I need a second look.
Sometimes a behind the scenes feature and/or commentary track help me with putting my thoughts together. And sometimes it only further conufses me. There weren’t any deleted/extended scenes that should have been included in the move; that includes the “Peter meets his father” scene that gets mentioned in the commercials. I don’t know why anyone thought that was a good idea. Sure, these sorts of things happen all the time in comic books, but that is a different medium altogether.
You really need a good reason to bring a character back from the dead. That is something we saw in other comic book films this year. I’ll let you decide which one did it best.