I'll come right out and say this now just so we can have a discussion about the movie and not fanboy over it. One thing I have found abundently clear whenever I do a comic book review is that any criticism that can be made towards the movie can be countered easily. There are usually countless examples in the Spider-Man comics that can justify what happened in the movie, or how a character is portrayed, or how the characters interact with each other. In other words, everyone can justify or denounce most elements in any comic book movies, and that's fine... to a point. Each critic is their own, and when it comes to movies about comics, they should be taken as films first and not as comic books first. The films will establish their own universe, and therefore should be taken as their own. When you add comic semantics to the mix, then it just becomes a cluttered mess of criticism that blurs the lines between critiquing the movie and critiquing the comics. Bottom line, I'm taking The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as a film first and not as a Spider-Man movie.
With all that said, I liked the movie. It was good, but definitely not great. There were a lot of flaws with it, but the flaws came from more internal aspects of the movie that were apparent on screen. There were moments that worked and moments that didn't, but on the whole I was fine with what I saw.
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And for that matter, I felt that the villains were fun. Dane Dehaan was a terrifying Green Goblin, more so than Willem Defoe, even though I love the man. He just fits with the insanity of the character and is genuinely terrifying. Electro, though pointless to the story, was an effective villain for what he was (we'll get to that). He served as a good threat to Spidey and while unremarkable outside of his villainy, was a good buffer villain. Rhino was a great deal of fun because of Paul Giamatti's acting, but it's Paul Giamatti, so I expected a great ball of fun. I wish he was in the movie more, but I feel this won't be the last time we see the Rhino.
Adding off of that, the action was serviceable too. Nothing great mind you, but the few action scenes there were stuck out and were good as a whole. Nothing like Pacific Rim levels of action, or even Spider-Man 3, but still good action. But I just want to emphasize that Spider-Man himself was absolutely great in this movie and is the best interpretation of character on screen, and I don't say that lightly...