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Honestly, I Loved the Amazing Spider-Man Movies

I know everybody hates them quite a bit, but I loved both Amazing Spider-Man movies. I loved the energy, I loved Andrew Garfield, I liked the villains, I loved Gwen Stacy, and I never liked Tobey Maguire as either Spider-Man or Peter Parker.

Fortunately, we all get to go see Spider-Man: Homecoming this weekend! I’m very excited. But hey, Honest Trailers is always reliable for comedy.

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How Amazing Spider-Man 2 Should Have Ended

This entry was apparently written by the fans, and some of the jokes are pretty funny. But at the same time…none of this is ‘how the movie should have ended’. The HISHE guys are usually pretty awesome, but they love their ‘Superman and Batman in a diner’ thing more than life itself. Give it a rest, guys. Your whole premise is pretty awesome without those scenes.

Despite the Mockery, I Stand By My Enjoyment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Earlier this summer, I rated The Amazing Spider-Man 2 an 8 out of 10, or ‘very good’. I stand by that rating. I enjoyed the movie, I enjoyed the performances and the villains, and I had a good time.

But that doesn’t spare the film from getting torn apart by Internet mockers! Because yeah, there were a lot of dumb moments in that movie. So as is the case with the Internet, here are the Honest Trailer and the Everything Wrong With…for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Did you see what they did there? Those nerds are getting creative with their Internet mockery. I like it. Though this might mean that the Internet is becoming self aware…

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6 Things I Want to See in Future Amazing Spider-Man Movies

Bring on the Amazing Spider-Man mega-franchise! Despite most of criticdom apparently hating The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and box office predictions less than ideal, this comic book geek was a big fan, and an even bigger fan of everything director Mark Webb and Sony Pictures seem to be doing with the Spidey franchise. I love the idea of Sinister Six and Venom movies. I love Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. And I’m especially enjoying the various villains and Easter Eggs popping up left and right.

Though the mystery about Peter’s dad should be dropped like a hot potato.

Why do we need anything more than ‘radioactive spider bite’?

After reading several reviews, I thought I wouldn’t like The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But just like my doubt with the first one, the actual movie blew me away. Garfield is just so great as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man that I can’t help but love the films. So if he sticks around for a few more, I can’t wait for Amazing Spider-Mans 3, 4 and 5! There are more than enough villains from the comics to use, and more than enough classic character elements to bring into the films to keep them rolling along. And clearly Webb and Sony aren’t afraid to write their own stories and twists to the character.

But if they’re running out of ideas, I have some of my own for them to use! Click the jump to see my suggestions for all future Amazing Spider-Man sequels!

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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

We all know that Peter Parker never has much luck with the ladies, but on the big screen, his love is smoldering! Who would have guessed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a romantic comedy? The second entry in Sony Pictures’ second Spider-Man series is all about the love shared between an arachnid boy and his high school sweetheart. Sure there are a couple of super-villains thrown in for good measure, but that’s just what you have to deal with when you’re dating the Amazing Spider-Man!

Movie Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

I don’t mind at all that Sony Pictures wants to make a mega-franchise out of their Amazing Spider-Verse. As far as I’m concerned, director Mark Webb and actor Andrew Garfield absolutely get Spider-Man. They get the humanity. They get the drama. They get the pure thrill of being Spider-Man. They seem awkwardly¬†obsessed with¬†Peter Parker’s dad, but that can be forgiven when the rest of their movies are so good!

I loved the first Amazing Spider-Man movie, and praised it for the nuanced, personable portrayal of Peter Parker. The same focus on Peter returns for the sequel, and once again I have to point out that the young Andrew Garfield is light years beyond Tobey Maguire in not just his skill as an actor, and his range, but just in how he embodies the character. Garfield easily carries the film, injecting Peter and Spidey with the right amount of humor and love for his family and fellow man. He’s joined by a returning Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, who just lights up the whole film whenever she’s on screen. The chemistry between the two actors is some of the best I have ever seen in film or television, and they really do make this movie into more of a love story than a superhero flick.

But it’s also, definitely, a superhero movie. And while those elements aren’t the strongest part of the film, they are still highly enjoyable. Like I said, Garfield is fantastic as Spider-Man, especially in costume. Not only is he legitimately funny, but he has such a great rapport with pretty much everyone he meets. The special effects are also top notch. The web-slinging is wildly fun and the fight scenes are pretty epic, but I would have to say that the movie’s trio of new villains – Electro, Green Goblin and Rhino – don’t live up to expectations. All three are solidly portrayed and fulfill their roles in the film, but they never amount to much themselves beyond giving Spidey something to do in costume.

But even if the villains are kind of clunky, and even if this film uses one of my most hated fiction tropes of all time, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 succeeds on the strengths of Spidey and his love story alone. Who would have thunk it?

Join me after the jump for the full review! I will try to keep SPOILERS to a minimum!

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