I missed the “Amazing Spider-Man 2” the first time around, so I bee lined it to my favorite 3D theater in Dallas this weekend to catch the movie. Much as I surmised, the star of the show was the 3D, rather than the story itself.
The film starts out with a flashback of Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) parents attempting to make the great escape on an airplane (and we actually later find out why), and then boomerangs back to Manhattan where Spidey is putting on an arachnid air show trying to round up some hoodlums who have stolen some canisters of radioactive material. During the hazardous clean up, Spider-Man rescues a dorky engineer by the name of Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) who works for Oscorp (the same company Peter’s father worked for), and who later becomes the main villain. The action is all fast and furious, but it all comes to a grinding halt for about a half an hour as the movie tries to establish Peter and his girlfriend Gwen’s (Emma Stone) future. (This is a great time to refill the popcorn and go to the bathroom.)
When we get back to the action, we find out that Max Dillon has fallen into a vat of eels at work and has been transformed into the ultra cool “Electro.” Electro has a bone to pick with Oscorp because of his perceived slights at work, and he also targets Spider-Man for electro shock therapy because he feels Spidey has dissed him. As Electro and Spidey dual it out, the sideline story has Peter’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) looking for a cure for an affliction, which supposedly can only be cured by Spider-Man’s blood.
The 3D special effects, especially the Electro scenes, are right out of a Disney World ride. The problem with the movie is that the plot is weak. Electro really has no other tie in to Spider-Man besides from the fact that he feels that Spidey has betrayed him. What the betrayal is, is anybody’s guess ─ and if anybody is in need of shock therapy it is Electro himself. The developing sideline with Harry Osborn is eventually going to introduce us to the Green Goblin, but this is really a small and inconsequential part of the movie. We end the story with the arrival of the “Rhino” (Paul Giamatti); a steely-horned critter that looks like a formidable foe for the next movie.
I am all in for superhero movies, but this one is a half hour too long. If you’re not going to see it in 3D at the theater, I would suggest just waiting until it came out on video. (Rated PG-13; 142 mins.)
My Rating: 3 of 5 Spider Webs.