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Old May 3 2014, 07:59 AM   #26
davejames
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Re: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Grading & Discussion

Thought it was actually... not that bad. Yeah the villains were pretty generic and unmemorable, and I still couldn't care less about Peter's parents, but Spidey looked really cool doing his thing, and the Peter/Gwen scenes were so damn charming, that it made up for quite a lot of other problems.

And while it wasn't the most gripping story, I still thought it held together and flowed a lot better than critics are giving it credit for (although it definitely could have been about 20 minutes shorter).

Admiral2 wrote: View Post
In another thread comparing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man I said there was no contest. ASM wins. I said the real contest would be between SM2 and ASM2. I've seen ASM2. Again, no contest. ASM2 by a country mile.

Andrew Garfield as Spidey is the best casting choice since Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. He owns this role!
The Raimi and Webb films both have their flaws (cheesy villains, paper-thin plots), but ultimately I think I have to side with the Raimi films. Despite their issues, they were just a LOT more light and fun, and Raimi had a sense of comic timing that was so much better and sharper than what Webb has demonstrated so far (where despite some good delivery from Garfield, a lot of the humor continues to fall flat). And that to me makes all the difference.

For that matter, Raimi also did a lot of the heroic moments a lot better as well (Spidey catching a car in mid air with his webs, Spidey holding up the wall to protect MJ, Spidey attempting to stop the train...). Spidey has done some cool stuff in the Webb movies as well, but somehow little of it has really made me want to stand up and cheer.

And for all the complaints about Tobey, Garfield's Peter does just as much crying and moping around in these movies. But Tobey was also so loveably geeky as Peter that I found it a lot easier to root for him in the end.
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