I caught The Amazing Spider Man 2 last weekend. It was a far, far, far cry from the previous superhero movie we all saw: Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier. The best words I can find to describe it is “cute.” Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are indeed terribly cute as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy but superhuman cuteness is not enough to save this movie.
While they got good actors to play the villains—Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and Dane De Haan (who appeared with Joel Torre in the 2010 John Sayles film Amigo alongwith Daddy Osborn and Chris Cooper)—the villains the writers and director gave us were ridiculous and goofy. I was almost reminded of Jim Carrey’s “Riddler” and Arnold Schwar–zenegger’s “Mr. Freeze” in the Joel Silver Batman movies.
Dr. Ashley Kafka (Martin Csokas) talks in an exaggerated and cartoony German accent while he works on Electro, and Rhino (Giamatti) uses a silly Russian accent. I also thought the Green Goblin looked like the Grinch. I couldn’t take any of them seriously. And why bother with a poignant scene or two with Sally Field and Andrew Garfield, or Emma and Andrew when the story is just full of these preposterous villains and ludicrous reveals?
That said, a lot of people liked it—some even loved it. Maybe they were just focused on Emma Stone.
I also want to talk about The Other Woman who is not Kris Aquino whose haters make her more popular by devoting epistles to her lack of journalistic skills. I am referring to the comedy with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj “Kingslayer” Coster-Waldau and Don “Sonny Crockett” Johnson.
The plot is really simple—girl (Diaz) finds out her guy (Jaime Lannister) is married, she is unable to resist bonding with the wife (Mann). They end up meeting another mistress (Upton) and from there they plot sweet revenge. The reason so much of this works is because of the impeccable timingand delivery of Leslie Mann a.k.a. Kate King, the wronged wife. She steals most of the scenes she’s in.
This one got 24 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. Maybe I found it extra funny because there was something really Pinoy about the subject? We do love our querida and querido stories though we usually have them packaged as dramas—instead of as comedies or female friendship films. I’m thinking of this as an effective twist.
The Other Woman opened on May 7 while the Amazing Spider Man 2 opened on April 30 and is available in 3D, IMAX 3D and 4D formats at the new Bonifacio High Street cinemas.