All Film Critics are Liars: My Review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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All Film Critics are Liars: My Review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I forgot to check the Rotten Tomato score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 prior to watching the film so as soon as the the movie was over and the credits came on, I jumped on my phone excited to see an overwhelming flood of good reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. I normally check the site before going to a movie. Just to have an idea of what to expect, or determine if the film is worth watching at all. I trust Rotten Tomatoes. They are usually pretty accurate.

But with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they outright lied.

In the first moments of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we are introduced to a Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) who is very comfortable in his own spandex. We’re greeted to action right from the get go. We know who this spandex wearing, web-slinging, and somewhat cocky and arrogant New York superhero is. That’s the great thing about sequels, they just jump on in, no need for introductions.

For Peter Parker, going all vigilante on the bad guys is the easy part. No need to learn how to be a hero. Peter is an expert vigilante, but his personal life won’t be mastered any time soon. That’s the great thing about Spider-Man. More than any other comic book hero, Spider-Man is a romance between himself and Gwen Stacy, or Mary Jane. It’s a very emotionally driven story about the nerdy boy who no one likes, finally being able to get the girl every guy wants.

Spider-Man is never really the story about a superhero, it is first and foremost a story about the nobodies becoming somebody.

Even the villains.

Electro, played by Jamie Fox is one of those rare bad guys with a great, relatable, origin story. You almost sympathize with him He is essentially Peter Parker, the guy no one likes, but unlike Peter, Electro goes the other way and ultimately uses his great power irresponsibly.

This film is essentially a roller coaster of feels. From the beautifully crafted action scenes that advance the narrative, to the incredibly heartfelt relationship between Peter and Gwen, a silver screen romance which is sure to be one of the best romances of all time. Even surpassing that of Toby and Kristen.

It’s a film that serves as a reminder of the responsibility of men to protect those whom you love. To be the protector. Whether it’s Richard Parker protecting his son Peter, or Peter protecting his true love Gwen. With the great power of being responsible over another’s life, comes the great responsibility of protecting their lives even if it means risking your own.

But it’s not a perfect film. If it’s guilty of anything, it’s guilty of too much. Instead of focusing on two main plot points between Gwen and Electrode, I got the distinct impression that Sony was trying to be Marvel Studios and cram as many new characters and plot-lines in as they could. Sony is clearly trying to use their minimal Marvel license, to compete with Marvel Studios and in so doing they are force feeding you a separate Marvel Universe different than that of the Avengers, the only Marvel Universe that counts. And they’re not doing it over the course of 30 years as Marvel Studios is. You get 5 films in one. Get ready.

This makes for a lot of rushed, sloppy side stories that don’t really matter in the scheme of things but do connect well within the narrative. It’s like a very rich icing on the cake, that makes it hard to eat the entire thing. Yet, none of this bothered me because I was so into the film emotionally, purely off of the relationship between Peter and Gwen that I didn’t really want the film to end anyway. The action scenes were fantastically over the top, and the emotional scenes were unlike any I have seen from a superhero movie in a long time, perhaps since the first Spiderman in 2002. I smiled non-stop.

Don’t believe the critics. Perhaps it was Jay Sherman day. Perhaps their 3D Glasses were on too tight. Or maybe film critics have been given over to an illogical worldview and are incapable of understanding good art when they see it. After all, good art is an objective standard, so the inability to recognize it can only mean one thing. They are suppressing the truth.

In in any case, not only is Spider-Man 2 not rotten, it’s worth protesting and pointing out just how strongly I feel the negative reviews for this film poorly misrepresented tangled webs of deception from Avengers fanboys.

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