If I were to judge The Amazing Spider-man 2 solely on the responses I’ve seen on my film-geek filled twitter feed and my movie critic-filled RSS feed (the film has a 55% rotten critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I would think this might be the worst comic book movie of all time.
I saw Amazing Spider-man 2 after some of the negative buzz and was pleasantly surprised. Maybe its that I had such low expectations, but I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-man sequel despite the many problems contained in the villain storylines. But I wasn’t the only one to enjoy the movie, the movie is getting a respectable 7.5 and 74% ratings on IMDb and Dlixster, with almost 250,000 user votes.
Not only was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a better film than the last movie, but it was a better film than Sam Raimi’s last installment of the superhero tale. Many people seem to be clouded by the awesomeness of Spider-man 2 (one of the best superhero films of all time, in my opinion), and forget just how bad Spider-Man 3 was. Not only that, but the Spider-man 2 rub makes people forget about all the horrible stuff in the first Sam Raimi film (I seem to remember Macy Grey singing a concert in Times Square and Peter Parker coming across an underground professional wrestling cage match in an alleyway, featuring Macho Man Randy Savage).
I watched some of Spider-man 3 over last weekend (yes, its worse than you even remember), and I don’t know how anyone could think that Spider-man 3 is a better movie. I can understand if you had problems with The Amazing Spider-man 2, but it seems to me that most of the people on my social feeds had made up their minds about the movie before seeing it.
The guys at CinemaSins have put together a 13-minute Everything Wrong with Spider-Man 3 video, and ScreenJunkies have released an honest trailer for the Sam Raimi Spider-man trilogy. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Comic book movies are hotter than ever these days, and one of the people we have to thank for that fact is producer Avi Arad. As the founder of Marvel Studios, he got the ball rolling with films like X-Men and Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man. And while he’s no longer at Marvel Studios, he’s still riding the trend he helped start with films like the new Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Of course, he’s not doing it alone. His partner on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Matt Tolmach. Unlike Arad, Tolmach is relatively new to the comic book movie game; his only previous superhero movie is the last Amazing Spider-Man. But the results speak for themselves, in a financial means at least. That film was a hit, and the new one is poised to become one too.
At a recent press event, I got the opportunity to talk to the two producers about comic book movie diversity, whether non-Spidey heroes might show up in the Spidey universe, and why comic books still resonate.
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Marc Webb‘s second Spider-Man film has been out in much of the world for a couple weeks, but it just hits the US this week. So let’s talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The film brings back some of the primary cast from the first movie — well, the most recent movie. Andrew Garfield is Peter Parker and Spider-Man; Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy; Sally Field is Aunt May; and Campbell Scott is Peter’s father Richard Parker. Spider-Man’s origin is reworked a bit more, by tying the story of the radioactive spider that bit Peter even more tightly to the machinations of Oscorp. In fact, this sequel ties everything to Oscorp: the put-upon wage slave Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who becomes Electro; the crazy Russian gangster (Paul Giamatti) who becomes Rhino; the new Green Goblin (Dane DeHann), of course; and likely future members of the bad-guy collective The Sinister Six.
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