posted by Joe Anaya on May 5th, 2014

I really like superheroes and I love movies. So, superhero movies always get a head start in my reviews.

With that in mind, I’ll start with the good.

Spider-man is a good character to base a story around. He’s the first mainstream comic character to be brought into the modern age with life-like teenage angst. So, there is a basis for emotional involvement and growth. The Spidey comics also have a sense of humor which works well for movies.

The movie is well cast. I like Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. He has charm and a good sense of comic timing. I mostly like Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. She’s very likable if occasionally too smiley even in a serious moment. The two of them have a nice easy chemistry together. And Dane DeHaan as the troubled Harry Osborn infuses his role with some gravitas as well as the lightness of a young man.

And that’s kind of where the good ends. (Spoilers to follow.) Jamie Foxx’s Max Dillon is a nonsensical character. I couldn’t tell if he was nerdy or crazy. Smart or stupid. Sensitive or seething. His mood and motivations changed as fast as electricity travels through wires. I did however like how the visual effects team envisioned Electro, except the underwear, but I accept that magic underwear is better than no underwear on an electrified private part.

The great Paul Giamatti was completely wasted as a cartoonish villain. That’s cartoonish, not comic villain, there’s a difference and it’s not a good one here.

And that’s when the wheels completely fall of the wagon. You may think as a writer, I’m hyper critical of stories, but when my wife and 13-year old son complain about the story and question the logic of actions taken, you know it’s not just me.

I like to give screenwriters the benefit of the doubt. I like to give superhero movies the benefit of the doubt. But the script of this superhero movie had so many flaws, holes, and nonsense, I could only conclude that the writing team/producers were in over their heads or too lazy to be bothered to fix what were obvious problems in the script. It’s amazing how bad the script was.

File Under Mr. Cool