I’m a huge Spider-man fan. I don’t read the comics, but I love the cartoons; and I love all of the movies…well, all except this one. It really brings me to a great dismay to say this, but The Amazing Spider-man 2 is an average-to-bad movie. I was on the fence with first installment. It was good, but nothing like the previous Spider-man Trilogy. “Number Two” teeters on the edge of sucky. At some point, it was downright cheesy. And at other times, the dialogue belonged in a children’s movie. That’s not the screenwriter in me talking. That’s just a naked observation.
Many movie critics, who know nothing about the art of storytelling, claim that Spider-man Two’s problem stems from the movie having too many “bad guys.” This is entirely wrong. Movies always have more than one antagonist. In fact, mostly everyone in a script makes our hero’s life more complicated than it has to be. Spider-man 2, is just a poorly done movie on all levels. What’s worse is that it’s boring.
Marc Webb, the director, is truly out of his league and he should not be allowed to direct the third installment. Sony had originally chosen him to direct the franchise because of his success of directing the movie 500 Days of Summer. The movie was hailed as a directorial achievement, but it’s really nothing to write home about. It’s a regular love story told “out-of-order.” If it were told in order, 500 Days of Summer, would be a pretty crappy movie. But it’s not , so it fools you into thinking it’s great.
500 Days of Summer was Webb’s only theatrical movie that he directed before Spider-man. His next movie should have not been an action-adventure movie but a love story. Now his true weakness has been revealed. Webb is no action director. When telling a story the old fashioned way, without gimmicks, he fails. He reminds me of the one-and-done director of Jerry MaGuire, Cameron Crow, who was created flop after flop, after directing a movie that was “somewhat” Oscar worthy.
THE LONE RANGER
Enter, The Lone Ranger. Now this movie reminds of John Carter of Mars. Not because of the premise, but because John Carter of Mars was a movie that failed because of the movie critics hated it, but in reality, it was an excellent movie. The Lone Ranger, is awesome. Great directing, awesome acting, really fun fight scenes. In fact, it was one of the few movies where I actually told myself, “Man, this is a really fun movie to watch!” during the last action scene.
So here’s my recommendation. Odds are, no matter what I say, you’re going to checkout Spider-man 2. But give The Lone Ranger a fair shake. While you’re at it, check out Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Another awesome movie.