I went into this movie not really expecting much, which usually means that I have a good chance of being pleasantly surprised at some point. It worked all right for the first movie in this new franchise, but not so much this time. Somehow, this one managed to be both horribly rushed and terribly plodding at the same time, and I’m still not quite sure how that happened.
I went into this film expecting to be horribly grossed out and not at all amused. Turns out, I was about two-thirds right with that guess. The good news is, if you can survive the first ten minutes or so (blood, gore, and tremendous violence to the tune of Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls”!), then you can manage the rest of the movie without much trouble. There’s still an icky compound fracture close-up, and the occasional spewing of blood and guts, but nothing gets any worse than those first few minutes.
I initially thought that most people were likely to feel the same way I did about this new Spider-Man business. At a previous movie, a trailer was shown for this movie and also for Dark Knight Rises. The first got a rousing round of indifferent silence; the second prompted a lot of whispered, excited-sounding comments.
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