‘Spider-Man 2’ has great moments, muddled story

Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) learns how hard it can be to help his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo)

Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) learns how hard it can be to help his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” (AP Photo)

By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” brought in $92 million during its opening weekend in the U.S.

Andrew Garfield makes a fine Spider-Man and pulls off the hero’s smart-alecky tone just right.

And Emma Stone? Who can argue with Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy?

Spider-Man believes his web-slinging, crime-fighting ways could end up hurting Gwen, so he tries to stay away from her. But everyone in the theater knows that plan is doomed, because, hey, you can’t stop young love.

The action scenes are fantastic, especially one slow-motion sequence at Times Square that shows how powerful Spider-Man actually is.

The movie also has its share of laugh-out-loud moments, and an unexpected bit of poignancy at the end involving a kid who wanted to emulate his hero.

But with all that good stuff going for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the best grade I can give it and its $92 million opening weekend is a C plus.

That’s because I’m used to a higher class of superhero movie. It’s not enough to have cool elements; those elements need to fit together in a seamless way.

Maybe I shouldn’t have watched 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst the night before seeing this effort.

I don’t think the actors make the difference. The 10-year-old sequel simply has better writing with clear motivations for the characters, as well as actions and consequences that are easy to understand.

Despite moments of brilliance, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a bloated, disjointed story that loses its way and becomes muddled.

With that said, it’s a great spectacle of a movie with plenty of chances to cheer for Spider-Man. I suspect more thought went into the stunts than the rest of the story. Maybe that’s rightly so, considering the $92 million.

But, as mentioned earlier, I give “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” a C plus.

It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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