The Grade Book: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (2014) - The Grade Book (We Live Film)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Weaves a Polarizing Web

Plot: In this follow-up to the 2012 reboot, Peter Parker faces his greatest threat to date as Spider-Man. Three villains, Electro, the Green Goblin and Rhino enter the scene, each with their own sinister agenda.

Director: Marc Webb

Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkne

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti

Genre: Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Running Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes

U.S. Release Date: May 2, 2014

MPAA Rating: PG-13

 

WE LIVE FILM – GRADE AVERAGE: B

AMOUNT OF GRADE IN THE GRADE BOOK: 13

(Lowest Grade: D- , Highest Grade: A+)

CONSENSUS: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a love it or hate it kickoff to the summer movie season. The film is a visual spectacle and the chemistry between Garfield and Stone is fine. However, the movie crams in too much of the Spider-Man mythos to set up the Sinister Six movie.

 

Critic Reviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Rokaan Al-Zeer

Grade: A+

Being a hardcore Spidey fan of the comics and the cartoons, this perfectly captures what I loved about them. Garfield kills it as Peter Parker and Spider-Man, Emma Stone was great, Jamie Foxx did a good job as Electro/Max Dillon and Dane Dehaan stole the show as Harry Osborn/ Green Goblin.

There’s better action and humor in the sequel than there was in the first film. It was just a fun and a great way to start the summer. I’m anticipating like crazy where the future goes with the third film and eventually the Sinister Six.

Gabriel Alcantara

Grade:  B-

This sequel improves some mistakes made in the previous film, while adding a whole batch of new ones. It’s a lot more entertaining, the performances are less awkward and annoying, it’s brighter, livelier and feels more like a Spider-Man film. However, the storytelling was messier. There’s so much going on, yet none of it feels important or interesting.

Dane DeHaan is the brightest actor in the film as Harry Osborn but as Green Goblin, he’s just plain silly. I don’t blame Jamie Foxx for playing an annoying cliched, undeveloped, uninteresting villain I could give a shit about, I blame the writers and direction. It’s not fair to call this film a piece of shit, it’s not awful. It can be fun it you let it be, but it’s hard not to see how flawed it is when you compare it to greater comic book films and better films in general.

Tony Estrada

Grade: B

An entertaining as hell sequel that is full of energy and swings me away with its storyline, tone, action sequences, characters, performances, and just everything else I enjoyed about this sequel. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are absolutely perfect, their chemistry is insanely great. The visuals looked amazing and the soundtracks for Amazing Spider-Man and Electro by Hans Zimmer are brilliant and amazing.

The villains aren’t the strongest. Ironically I thought The Rhino is the best villain of this sequel because even though he was ridiculous as hell, his screen presence was just so much fun to watch. Harry Osborn’s story was filler. Green Goblin was shoehorned as hell. It does get a bit too crammed with the plots, and I personally had a hard time buying Jamie Foxx as the creepy loner that becomes the electrifying freak. I had a blast with this film nonetheless.

Spider-Man 2 (2004) is the better Spider-Man sequel in my opinion as well as being the best Spider-Man film ever. It’s also not as good as the original 2012 film but the sequel is still a webby fun time at the theaters and a nice way to start off the summer season of movies. I also enjoyed the Spidey humor here as well, you could never go wrong with that.

Chad Gleason

Grade: B+

I had a blast watching this!!! Felt like I was reading a comic book!!!

Mike Holtz

Grade: B-

It’s entertaining and Andrew Garfield knocks it out of the park as Spider-Man. Everything between Peter/Gwen/Aunt May is written well and full of chemistry. It’s just too bad the studio decided to give us the Batman & Robin garden variety villain treatment where there are too many and they are all corny.

Mark Krawczyk:

Grade: B

A fun popcorn film that had eveything you wanted. I loved all the performances especially Sally Field and Jaime Foxx. It did feel a bit like it suffered from “middle movie” syndrome where some of the extra parts felt inserted and not needed. On the whole a fun movie to kick off the summer season.

Zachary Marsh

Grade: A-

This is everything I’ve wanted in a Spider-Man movie, and more. Brilliant chemistry between Garfield and Stone, perfect amount of self-aware comedy from Spidey, great performances from Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, and brilliant uses of 3D and cinematography. And the feels, man. THE FEELS. Not everyone’s going to enjoy this movie, but in my opinion, this is the best Spider-Man movie to date, and the best superhero film of the year thus far. And, by far, the most fun I’ve had watching a film in a while.

Matt Marshall

Grade: A-

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 aims to be a throwback superhero movie with a modern twist. And for that, Marc Webb should be commended for taking a massive risk. It has paid off greatly. FULL REVIEW

Scott Menzel

Grade: A-

While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t a flawless film, it does have everything going for it to make it a fun filled summer blockbuster. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in this sequel as well as the added background to Peter Parker as a person. While I did enjoy the villains, I did find them to be a bit too much at times and would have preferred more of Peter and Gwen than the large amount of screen time that Electro had.

I think out of all the villains in the film Dane DeHaan was the best as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin. I think DeHaan brought new layers to the character that were never touched upon in the previous franchise and I am curious to see what Marc Webb does with his character in the next film. Overall, even with its flaws, some of which were eyes sores, I still give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a lot of credit for simply making me connect with the characters on-screen and making me feel like a little kid throughout the film’s runtime. FULL REVIEW

Jake Peffer

Grade: C+

While it is fun in some ways it’s a bit of a headache in others. There’s some great emotion and all the human aspects of the movie work well but not all of the Spidey stuff works as well. Garfield is great as Spider-Man but there is way too many plot lines going on and not enough time is given to any of the villains to make them worth caring about.

Austin Putnam

Grade: B

While it’s not as good as the first ASM, Marc Webb still does a decent job with his crowded sequel. Entertaining yes, but the sequel had so much going on that it occasionally (and most of the time) just broke its own web.

Jose Romero

Grade: D-

The movie suffers from the same issues as the FIRST film. Terrible dialogue, crappy character development, too many subplots, and pointless characters. Only here it seems that those issues have been AMPLIFIED to 100. The only thing that KEPT this film from being an F in my book was the fact that the SEQUEL improved itself on some aspects. The special effects are better, the action is better, the score is better, and the villain is MUCH better…. but still TWO WRONGS don’t make a RIGHT. So in the end TASM2 is still IN MY EYES nothing that AMAZING at all….

Bryan Sudfield

Grade: B

A decent, entertaining beginning to the Summer movie season! It’s better than the FIRST Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3. But yes, it isn’t up to the greatness that Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 are. I will admit that it doesn’t deserve the extremely mixed reviews it’s been getting. I understand it isn’t a perfect film but it isn’t a terrible film either. Andrew Garfield has once again shown that’s he a perfect Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Emma Stone is amazing as Gwen Stacy and man, that scene (you all know what I’m talking about) was handle perfectly (acted, directed, written and shot perfectly). Their chemistry is once again amazing, as expected.

Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan were both very good in their roles. The visuals and colors were bright and awesome, Hans Zimmer’s score is an improvement over James Horner’s score & the film was very fast paced. My biggest problem with the film is the narrative structure, it didn’t ruin the film for me, but it just made me not like it as much as I wanted to. But, I still enjoyed the film for the most part. It’s well acted (mostly by Garfield and Stone), well directed, and overall just a fun movie that everyone can have fun with.

 

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