What was going on?
Synopsis: Spider-man returns to battle the villains Oscorp threatens against him…
Gwen’s death. Whether you have read the comic book or not, it was pretty obvious what was coming for Stacy, with Peter having “visions” and all. The difference, however, with someone who knows the original story and someone who just saw the movie comes with how she actually died. This is my problem. Spider-man has always been very wary about using his web on people.
In the first Amazing Spider-Man and the series with Tobey Maguire, you can see Peter hesitant about this. Ultimately, in the comic book, this is the death of Gwen Stacy: when she falls of a bridge and Peter uses his web to save her, except, the velocity at which she was falling at and the sudden shock to instantaneous rest, caused her neck to snap back, killing her. So, in summary, Peter had accidentally, and extremely tragically, just killed his first love.
In the film, however, it was glaringly obvious it was the impact of Gwen hitting the floor that killed her, rather than the web. This changes the image of Spider-man himself. The hero, at least to me, has always seemed to be the most humane out of all. He’s conscious about what the media says about him, he wonders and searches about his parents like any orphan would and the fact that he is an orphan makes him even that much more real. He is the only superhero that has honestly ever had to deal with these kind of stuff, so naturally, the most “human” hero I’d like to say rather than superhero, would make a mistake. But I guess for these new reboots, they want to keep the precious image of the hero intact. After all, we can’t have the kids think Spider-man is flawed now can we? There is something inherently wrong with that because if kids think all superheroes are perfect, then there is this subconscious pressure to be that. I suppose this was compensated by the too-many-times Peter was on the brink of sobbing.
The plot wasn’t intricately woven as other marvel films. Many unnecessary scenes with Peter and Gwen. I would have loved to see more of Peter discovering and exploring his dad’s lab, more time spent with Parker and Harry perhaps. Electro’s story was definitely rushed. Seemed a bit sudden and out-of-the-blue how he happened to hate Spider-man. And also, subtle way of introducing the Sinister Six i.e. Green Goblin, Electro, Rhino, Dr. Octopus, Sandman and Venom. Although, to my knowledge, there are others. Also, just as a random thought, why is it that Oscorp felt the need to capture Electro and do tests on him without thinking the same thing about Spidey? Clearly, Spidey has powers beyond the average human, so what makes him different from Electro? The fact that Electro looked alien and Spidey is in spandex?
All the actors were absolutely brilliant in the film, my favourite being Jamie Foxx and Dane Dehaan. Specially like to mention Dane because he spiced up his character to be so different from James Franco’s Harry, that I can’t compare them.
The graphics and sound team deserve much recognition. Of course, with the villain being Electro and “electricity” a recurring theme, it is a given that the music would feature heavy dub-step. I understand not everyone is a fan of it, but when you are in the cinema, buildings are falling and the bass is thumping, your heart has no choice but to hypnotically beat in rhythm as well. Pure.Genius.
With all that is said, I still can’t shake the thought that they shouldn’t have rebooted these films. Yes, money, I get that. But the original series didn’t even have a proper send-off, in fact, it didn’t even have an ending. Why would you remake something that didn’t end? Plus, the original with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst were great! Sure, the graphics weren’t that striking but the plot was still much more interesting than the newer releases.
Overall, it is an entertaining film. That’s about it. It is certainly not winning any Oscar’s but it is about the money after all, isn’t it, Sony?
Let me know what you guys think!
Verdict: 6 of 10 kicks