How is it that Spiderman can shoot webs, catch the bad guys and still save people while pulling off snappy one-liners? In this latest installment of the Spiderman series with Andrew Garfield as the web slinger, Spiderman is more concerned with his one liners than he is in immediately stopping the bad guys who put innocents at risk during every moment in the scene.
There are so many conflicts in this movie, which starts off with how Peter’s parents died and the mystery around that, then throws in three new villains, that it becomes one jumbled mess. There are certain inconsistencies that make for very awkward story telling. Max Dillon, Jamie Foxx who becomes Electro, idolizes Spiderman, so when he assumes the identity of Electro, his motivation for wanting to kill Spiderman is weak. Additionally, so are Harry Osborn’s reasons for wanting to kill Spiderman.
Osborn claims to have known Peter since they were eight, yet if he was sent to boarding school when he was eleven; they would not have seen each other for ten years; however Harry refers to Peter as his best friend, when in reality they would have been acquaintances.
While visually it is action packed, the actions sequences come off as choppy and the use of slow-motion through many of them slows down the action hampering the impact of the fight scenes and their ability to draw audiences in. While one can argue that this staccato effect adds to a feel of excitement, it also makes it difficult at times to parse out exactly what is happening thus it is chaotic to say the least.
Speaking of continuity it must be said that Andrew Garfield seems too old to be playing a teenager. This is especially disconcerting when you factor in that the actor who plays Harry Osborn, Dane DeHaan looks age appropriate while Garfield does not. These may seem like small criticisms however it adds to the overall feel that this movie was written to sell a story, rather than to tell one.