By Strider92 15 Comments
After the last Webb movie I was a little pessimistic about seeing the new one. The 1st wasn't terrible but it wasn't amazing (hah!) either. After seeing the 2nd last night Webb may have won me over.
First off i'll talk about the good stuff. First of Electro. I know a lot of people including myself question Jamies Foxx as the choice for the electric maniac however I was very surprised to find that Foxx was an awesome Electro. In fact as villians in comicbook movies go Electro is near the top of the top ten list of villians imo. He may not have been the deepest or the most complex in terms of motivation but boy was he one of the most badass in terms of personality and ability? Hell yes. Electro was portrayed exactly how he should have been and I have absolutely no qualms about Foxx's job.
Now a lot of comic fans agreed that Spider-man was portrayed well in the first movie in terms of personality in the suit in this they took that one step further. They nailed Spider-man's wise-cracks and personality brilliantly. If you thought he was done well in the first then you're going to love how Garfield portays him in this. This film actually had some pretty good lol moments.
A fear that was on most peoples minds including my own was that too many characters might be in it and give us a replay of the horror that was SM:3. Thankfully this was not the case here. There were quite a few characters but most of them had minor appearences and for the most part their paths meshed together quite fluidly. There wasn't as much forced plot which had been my biggest fear.
Next up were the fight scenes and SFX in the trailers a couple of shots looked horrible. Even as a Spider-man fan I had to say that the SFX didn't look great from the trailer however I don't know if it was just because of the cinema or the utter scale of the scenes themselves but the whole thing looked visually stunning. They completely 100% nailed the speed and agility that our web-head is known for in comics and Electro was a complete force of a nature. In terms of raw ability he would have made MCU Thor envious. Suffice to say I was majorly impressed with the fight choreography in this. Zack Snyder had some serious competition in this flick. I would go as far as to say I got more enjoyment out of those fight scenes than I did from MoS's ones and given the scale of some of the fight scenes I get the feeling Mr. Webb may have been trying to compete with another certain Marvel film that had a large scale battle. A lot of people complain about there being too much CGI but lets be honest to get the kinda scenes we are used to seeing in comics would be impossible without CGI. Another thing I really liked about it was the 1st person shots of swing round New York it was an awesome little addition.
There's some other stuff I enjoy but cannot bring them up due to the who "No Spoilers" thing.
Now onto the things I didn't think were so good. First off Harry Osborn. Now I have no qualms with the actor I thought Dane Dehaan did a pretty decent job. My qualm was that they rushed his character a little. He should have had more time to develop maybe another movie rather than just appaering out of the blue.
Next up is the fact that Garfield plays a superior (hah!) Spider-man to Peter Parker. As I said they nailed Spider-man but they still seem to have trouble coming to grips with Peter Parkers personality for some reason. Its not an awful portrayal but its not the Peter from the comics.
My final qualm was with Peter and Gwen. Marc Webb cut Mary Jane out of this movie because he wanted to focus on development between Peter and Gwen. Which he did.......just a little to much for my taste. I understand why he did it but it was too overdramtic and soppy for my taste. Once you've seen the movie you'll understand why Webb decided to pursue that route but to me it was a little over the top.
There are one or two things I would also like to throw in here but that would violate my "No Spoilers" protocol yet again.
In my opinion this is the best Spider-man film we have had to date. Even sneaking a win off Rami's SM:2. Is it perfect? No its not there are somethings that need ironing out and rethinking imo but this movie is a very good base for what Sony plans to do (expanding the Spider-verse) and if you thought Spider-man was all laughs and jokes then you're in for surprise. This film is far darker than all of the other movies combined for multiple different reasons.