Friday, May 9, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Harry Osborn (Dane DeHann) is treated even worse by this screenplay. Harry in the comic books was Peter’s best friend in high school, and in this movie we are told that this was the case, but right out of the gate Dehann’s Harry is downright creepy and villainous, we never get to see the “good side” of Harry. Being told in clunky expository dialogue that people have history is poor screenwriting, if we are supposed to care what happens between two people we need some kind of actual groundwork laid for that. And, as with the character shift with Electro, it seemed really rushed. Harry goes from inheriting a billion dollar company to being betrayed, being ousted from his own company, and turned murderous psycho in record time. The filmmakers have a lot of plot and characters to juggle so they don’t have time to slow down and develop them. Also the design of the Green Goblin is just terrible; it’s a cross between Feyd’ratha in David Lynch’s Dune and a leprous pirate ghost.