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Post  whatthedeuce on Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:12 pm

This movie could have been excellent, and I felt the acting was very solid. Somehow though, it ended up being reall strangely paced and the Curt Connors downward spiral was pretty ridiculous. Also, Andrew Garfield is such a great actor that when he's being awkward, it's really difficult not to cringe. Lots of the scenes between Peter and Gwen felt too overwrought or dramatic for me, especially
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the rooftop scene when he reveals he's Spiderman
. That was beyond awkward and cheesy.

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Post  QueenSix on Sat May 03, 2014 8:42 pm

We went to see The Amazing Spiderman 2 tonight. It's actually been here since Good Friday but what with Easter and my preference to not go to popular films during the school holidays, we only got to it this weekend.

It's not bad. Emma Stone is so great as Gwen Stacy and she has a nice rapport with Andrew Garfield and their relationship is nicely done. She gives Gwen a bit of believable sass and more writers and actresses should take note about where they can start with the superhero's girlfriend roles. The film itself is so-so if you were to compare it to the rest of the Marvel universe, but you can't have everything.

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Post  vwlphb on Sat May 03, 2014 9:16 pm

The parts I liked, I really liked. The parts I hated, I really hated. The pacing was off, but Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were delightful as always, they got Spidey's snarkiness right, and I really liked Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborne.

I was super excited when
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Harry's Green Goblin showed up after the fight with Electro and picked up Gwen Stacy, because I was like, "Holy shit, they're going to do it!"

I did wonder how that scene played to people who didn't know how Gwen dies. I thought it was great, because I didn't know if they would follow through or not, so I was on the edge of my seat. But for people who are used to Mary Jane who is never really in danger, did it feel out of nowhere?

But I did hate a lot too.
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The plot ended, then the movie went another half hour. I haaaated the plane subplot. So very, very much. And I wanted all the spectators to the Rhino fight to die, including the kid, because they are clearly lacking the necessary self-preservation genes needed to survive natural selection. Also, Electro was boring - maybe if the pacing had been tighter, his story would have been more interesting. Oh, and the weird cg slow-mo thing they did as Gwen started falling.


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Post  QueenSix on Sat May 03, 2014 10:32 pm

vwlphb,
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my mother remarked that the kid deserved a clip on the ear for what he did! Hug him? She'd have read him the riot act. Heh.

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Post  Swarley on Mon May 05, 2014 9:30 am

I also felt like the pacing was off. The whole Harry/Peter friendship felt rushed and I kind of felt like it was added as an afterthought. I didn't feel nearly as invested in their friendship. I also felt like
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Harry's descent into the Green Goblin was kind of whip lash inducing. Those parts of the plot just felt really rushed to me.

It's odd because it's certainly not my favorite movie this year but, for some reason, it's really stuck with me. I suppose it's because of
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the death of Gwen Stacy.

I think Andrew Garfield as Spider-man is delightful but Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker? I just don't care that much.

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Post  laddical on Mon May 05, 2014 7:12 pm

I don't know that I hate the movie, but admitting that I liked anything about it (other than THE SCENE) is like pulling teeth. I didn't even enjoy Andrew and Emma all that much this time around, so I'm guessing the fact that THE SCENE worked for me says more about my being a life-long Spider-Man fan than whether or not it worked or was earned.
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Post  Wildog27 on Mon May 12, 2014 10:31 am

It was slower than I expected it to be. I'm not say that a superhero movie has to be all out action all the time, but there was enough extraneous stuff that didn't really serve the purpose of the main or subplots that they felt like filler. I understand that Peter and Gwen have issues in their relationship; I don't need to see five scenes of that. The planes colliding added some nice tension to the electrical outage and maybe that was to add something that would get fixed when Spidey and Gwen hooked everything back up, but it just felt off. The action scenes were great, but if you don't disable the adult part of your brain, you're in trouble.

Having said that my 8 year old son and 13 year old daughter loved it.

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