Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Why Do We Hate 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'?

My hopes weren't the highest for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the second installment in Sony's totally unnecessary reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise. I wasn't in love with the first movie, and I was already under the impression that Marc Webb's web-slinging sequel was buckling under the weight of its super-villains based on the trailers. 

Then I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on opening weekend. Twice. So yeah, I dug it.

The relationship between Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy captivated me, and Jamie Foxx's  transformation from socially awkward nerd to electricity-spewing bad guy was a lot of fun, if a tad on the hammy side. Dane DeHaan was convincing as Peter's estranged buddy Harry Osborn, who plays a critical role in the film's pull-no-punches finale that changes our hero forever.

Although The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is unquestionably the best Spider-Man film in a decade (and if you go back and watch Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, it doesn't age all that well), it's already become popular to bash it. The film received a dismal 55 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com, and Twitter has been equally unkind.

Are we bitter that Spider-Man remains in the clutches of Sony, preventing The Wall-Crawler from joining Marvel Studios' interlocking series of films? Are we longing for Raimi's vision of Spider-Man? Or are we perhaps suffering from Spidey fatigue after five films in 12 years? Let me know what you think on Twitter using #TheWortReport.

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