It may seem rough to flat-out say that a movie is bad, but this movie is just plan bad.
Acting? If you want to call it that. Andrew Garfield can’t pull of the cocky smart-ass that Spider-Man is and he equally fails at the intellectual side of the character. Too bad Emma Stone isn’t immune to bad acting and manages to deliver one of her worst performances. A character that is brilliant and beautiful yet somewhat obnoxious really isn’t worth seeing. Then there is Jamie Foxx. What can be said about his performance other than he should have taken the time to make another musical album instead being part of this film.
Maybe the writing was the issue? Well, it sure wasn’t the solution. Granted, the actors didn’t come up with all of this terrible dialogue and story on their own…they didn’t help fix it either. The movie starts out with about twenty minutes of play that wasn’t necessary and then continues to smatter it in throughout the film. Even if the story was more streamlined it never fit together and had too many elements floating around. The budding then dying romance, Peter Parker’s parents and their past, and the tangled web of the Osborns not to mention the brilliant yet emotionally volatile villain, none of these came together. For the record, all the special effects in the world won’t fix a movie that is bad at its core.
As if there were need to prove the pull of greed, this movie was the second in a set to be done only for that purpose but maybe that is the one saving grace this film gives to us. It was driven by Sony’s desire to keep the movie rights to Spider-Man but since it did so poorly it gave Disney the leverage it needed. Although Disney could not get the full rights to franchise’s films, they now have position with Sony to co-create them and to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel cinematic universe that has become so popular.
If nothing else, consider things had to get worse before they could get better.
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