This past May, moviegoers saw the friendly neighborhood hero, Spider-Man, swing again on the silver screen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film look promising as it teased an assortment of villains and continued the story arc started in 2012's Amazing Spider-Man. The film hit theaters and I have to say I enjoyed it. I felt that the movie had a lot of heart and it continued this year's trend of high quality superhero films. Yet, much to my dismay, many did not share my enthusiasm. Since its release, [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) has received harsh reviews from critics and moviegoers stating the sequel had no semblance of plot, character or direction. Some have said that Spider-Man 3 was better in comparison, and others have put this film in the same category as Batman & Robin. Plus its reception in the box office did not help manners.
This backlash stayed in my head all summer. As blockbusters came and went I couldn't help but go back to this film. What was it that made The Amazing Spider-Man 2 so bad, and why did I feel like I saw a different movie from everyone else? Finally, a few weeks ago, I got an opportunity to see the film again. Perhaps a second viewing would give me some clarity. After going through the film again; did I have a change of heart? The answer to that is NO! Though I could see the issues that many protest, I still found The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to be a solid film.
Before you crucify me, I would like to point out something: it's ok if don't like The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Everyone has their own opinion on a film and there is no crime against that. If you feel that the your criticism towards this superhero blockbuster is just, then that's fine. My job is not to change anyone's opinion, but to simply state my own; and in this case, its defending a movie I like.
To why I like TASM2, I can only say that Marc Webb's latest film was just a different kind of superhero film. Not different as say [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), but a film that was unique when it comes to the Web Head. Yes the film had a story that featured a barrage of plot points. Under normal circumstances, I probably be the rest of you hating the story, but I actually complimented the film's plot. The story fit the character of Peter Parker who (as far as I know) usually has many things circling him; whether it be characters or just juggling that thing called life. I thought the movie was a good way to introduce the villains to come. While the movie did not feature antagonists at the caliber of Joker or Loki, I thought the film had an intriguing sense of using Spider-Man's rogue gallery. The film's sequences were gripping whether it was Spider-Man swinging through the streets or fighting an enemy like Electro. Most of all, I thought TASM2 had the perfect atmosphere for the character. Marc Webb's direction provided a bigger world for Spider-Man, and one that was could be light-hearted as well as serious. The film set up what it needed to, but not without giving the film some features that allowed it to stand on its own. I could go on and on about what I enjoyed about this film, but to put it simply: I thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 accomplished what it needed to while being an enjoyable blockbuster.
My issue here does not deal with those who had a problem with TASM2 . I have heard plenty of criticisms that were understandable . My problem is when movies like this get slammed by the majority. I see articles everywhere that call this movie a failure, and videos that mock the film for the sake of entertainment. I can't say I don't understand the appeal but I feel sometimes these sites and entertainers go to far. This generalization of film gives readers/viewers the idea that the movie (whatever it may be) is bad and does not deserve your time or attention. Generalizing movies is a hard thing to do because they can be subjective. Its up to an individual to decide whether or not they like or hate a movie. This is actually one of the great things about film.
For me, I go the movies every week to review the latest films. Though there are movies that I am more anxious to see then others, I try to critique all films with one philosophy: calling it as I see it. Even though I may not be excited for a movie, I have to look at its strength and weaknesses and see if one outweighs the other. In the case of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I could have easily look at its negatives points and join my fellow reviewers in hating it. Yet I feel that would be a disservice to not just the film, but those who follow my reviews. I would like to entertain anyone who views my content, but not at the cost of diminishing the critique itself. So here I am defending this blockbuster because I believe there good points about it; regardless of what my peers and the great movie critics out there may think.
Again if you don't like this film, that's fine. You are entitled to your own opinion. As for me, I like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and I just don't agree with the naysayers. The film is not perfect, but then again what movie is? I feel that this film is up there with the great superhero movies of 2014 as it pushed to do something new. This sequel showed me that the iconic hero is ready for a bigger cinematic world, and that Spider-Man's future is full of possibilities. If that is not enough, then I just found this blockbuster to be a solid continuation from the franchise I enjoy, as well as being a great interpretation to the character I love; and if that makes me unpopular, then I rather be the most hated critic on the web (no pun intended... well maybe a little).