This Rotten Week: Predicting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-04-27 13:29:04discussion comments
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Do you feel something? Is there a disturbance in the air around you? A shift in the "rightness" of the world? Is there something out there heightening your awareness? Thatís your Spidey Sense tingling because the wall-crawling webslinger is swinging back into theaters this weekend with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Iím pumped.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Rotten Watch Prediction
While not my favorite superhero ever, Spider-Man certainly holds a special place in my heart. I remember pretending to be him during my childhood, fighting off a fierce super villain (my cousin Jenny) as Binockanocka, an invented baddie who wore binoculars all the time). I think of this whenever a new Spider-Man movie comes around, and how I continually thwarted her efforts to take over the living room of my childhood home. I routinely kicked her ass. My spider sense was tight.

If youíve havenít yet, watch some web-slinging in the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer:



Iím not typically one for the reboot, but honestly, I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man more than the Tobey Maguire/Sam Raimi version, and it's why I'm looking forward to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I understand that is sacrilege to say this in some circles, but I much prefer the darker-toned comic book movies. This reboot seems to straddle the line a bit, but still appears to trend more dramatic. Additionally, count me in as a fan of Andrew Garfieldís Peter Parker. His turn as the web-slinger is more what I picture the teenage hero to be, the hipster-nerd profile fitting for the times and his lanky-frank nature blending into the transformation he pulls when donning the tights.

The sequel to the reboot (sounds like a poorly named R Kelly song) follows the heroís journey as he comes to grips with the incredible downside to when you enjoy your job too much. Namely: someone out there will be jealous about your station in life and want to take it from you. This is the story of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan - who looks perfectly cast) becoming the ultimate tests for a guy who might have gotten a little too comfortable in his suit.

Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer-86%, The Amazing Spider-Man-73%) is back to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and early reviews are strong and in line with the first one. With about sixty-five reviews already online it sits at 72%, with most reviews featuring a similar tone - whether were labeled positive or negative. From their articles it would appear the movie is overdone, but enjoyable. Itís too long, but a good watch. Itís a comic book movie - comfort for those who love the genre - but far from a critical masterpiece. That being said, choosing a lane and sticking with it pays off and it appears Webb has done that again.

Maybe the next one will involve Binockanocka, and things will come full circle. (For me at least.)
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