Twelve-year-old fans will rejoice, and that’s really all Sony Pictures cares about with its “Amazing Spider-Man” sequel that isn’t anything amazing.
The sequel to the reboot seems to forget the reason they rebooted in the first place, which I thought was to create a darker version of the web slinger that brought such new depth to Batman in “The Dark Knight”.
Instead, this over-special effects sequel has Andrew Garfield jumping in the air and clicking his heels just like that unwatchable part three version of Spider-Man that had Tobey Maguire singing.
Some comics just don’t translate well to film, and after five Spider-Man films, the previous one being the best, I think it’s time to walk away from Peter Parker.
Late for high school graduation, Peter Parker (Garfield) barely grabs his diploma and kisses valedictorian girlfriend Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone), only to break up with her that evening. He can’t stop seeing her deceased father (Dennis Leary) warning him to stay away if he really cares.
Parker is now more determined than ever to discover the secrets of his father’s past, which, of course, lands him right back at Oscorp.
After the passing of founder Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), the company is turned over to his 20-year-old son Harry (Dane DeHaan), who needs Spider-Man’s blood to survive.
Spider-Man’s biggest threat, besides winning Gwen back, is Electro (Jamie Foxx) sucking up all of NYC’s power and wreaking havoc on the city.
I guess I just like my superheroes to take things and situations seriously, which Parker does not; and he has grown very cocky since we saw him last.
As he saves a police man by catching flying cars, he makes jokes before setting down the vehicle. The comedy underlines the seriousness of the film, and it always has.
Part 2 feels more like when George Clooney played Batman, and Foxx’s Electro seems to have taken notes from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze.
In fact, the villains here are no match for Spider-Man; it’s the friendships he has a tougher battle with. Even in tense situations, circuslike music is playing in the background as if to calm the young kids watching.
In a moment of poking fun at itself, Parker and Stacey talk about clichés — the entire film is filled with them — as they hide in a janitor’s closet. It may be the biggest production ever filmed in NYC and the longest running length for any Spider-Man film, but it has no life to it.
Garfield has lost whatever charm he had in the original, and the relationship between our hero and heroine lacks the chemistry from only two years ago — even though the two actors remain a couple.
Sally Field’s motherly claim moment is one of the highlights in the film, and one of the only scenes where real acting ability is demonstrated.
DeHaan, once again, does his best Leo DiCaprio impersonation, but the entire bloated production left much to be desired and even more to be quickly forgotten. Next!
Final thought: Regurgitates the same mistakes that ruined the original Spider-Man trilogy.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’
STARRING: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan
The Silver Screen
Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor with Texas Art & Film, which is based in Galveston. More reviews are available at texasartfilm.com.