I just saw this and i have to say, I really enjoyed it. There were more positives than negatives overall I felt - but in saying that, I agree it was bloated. I think this time around, they absolutely nailed Spider-man. He was much more playful than any film version before - lots of one-liners, almost goofy - which is just like his comic/cartoon incarnation. They also absolutely nailed everything about the character web-slinging and general movement. There are so many recognizable poses taken from the comics that it's a pleasure to watch. Even things like him trying to scoop up all the rods in the back of the van - it was a bit silly, but it was that loveable silliness that IS Spider-Man. In the first movie, his one liners were too serious, almost mean. But that may have bee him fighting his own demons etc. Also liked Parker distracting those guys with the coffee cup etc - just goofy, but having fun with his amazing agility etc. Really good character stuff.
I also think the special fx were superb. Almost mind-blowing in a way that you're not even concious of them, they're all so seamless these days. And that carries all the way down to things such as - when Electro blew up Osborn's amazo(tm) desk - it looked fantastic.
I watched the movie keeping in mind it was a comic universe. There's always going to be things that don't translate well into a movie that would work no problem in a comic. I enjoyed most exchanges between him and Gwen, and found the way they
handled her death was superb. It was really quite subtle, and done in such a way that it truly was moving.
But in saying all of the above, I really struggle with bad plot points, or lame characters.
I thought Electro was a mixed bag. When he was just fighting Spiderman and being all electric - awesome. When he was being pre-Electro retard and most other times he was talking - bad. I really didnt dig Jamie Foxx in this role. I also found it way too convenient that he suddenly became Spider-mans no.1 hater. That all just felt so contrived. And moreso -
when Electro was beaten and Gwen died - that to me was when the movie could have ended.
Harry alternated between quiet emo kid and almost surfer dude. His transition to Spider hater was more justified. I did particularly like the scene when Peter came to see him and he was cold, then warmed up and the two embraced. Those were the kind of moments that really made the movie enjoyable IMO.
But his transformation to Goblin.....ok i accept he transformed - but what's with the door to the suit automatically opening when the guy leaves and he uses the venom? He's crawling across the ground in pain - then just happens to get into that suit? How the fuck did he get in it? And he's just master of the hoverboard straight up? Everything about the goblin felt tacked on with little to no foreshadowing.
I have to admit, i actually kinda liked the kid dressed as Spiderman at the end - it was tacky, but i kinda liked it. But the Rhino being introduced at the end was wtf. It could have been better handled just having SPidey show up for anything other than an actual Villain (but i did get all fanboy seeing Doc Oc's tentacles and what looked to be the Vultures wings prior). Im glad that ended really abruptly though - had that gone on for another fight, then yeah, lame. I really like the comic Rhino, but i understand getting a Russian guy just to be stuck in a giant rhino suit is a bit lame.
Two other things;
1. Didnt buy that train popping out of the station - that was a convenient plot device.
2. Wtf was with that super camp, super cheesy german doctor studying Electro? That was almost laughabad.
All in all though, as a spiderman film, i really enjoyed it. It wasnt perfect, but it was very enjoyable. I'd give it 3.5 / 5
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