So I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this morning, and I have to say that I was quite disappointed with what I saw. The special effects were well done, and impressive. The action sequences were....okay, but not as dynamic and invigorating as I had thought that they were going to be. Perhaps the most irritating part of the film was the screenplay; the dialog annoyed me overall in general, but no more so than between Peter Parker and his lover Gwen Stacey. Both Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are amazing actors, but they were not given much to work with unfortunately. I don't know how much I yawned or rolled my eyes while the two of them were in scenes together, but it was ridiculous. It was like watching to teenagers whine and complain about why they couldn't be in love and all of the angst that comes along with it. It was dreadful, very disappointing, and not as good as the 1st film. Andrew Garfield was a great Spider-Man in the 1st film, and he still has that certain charm in the 2nd film, but he really comes off as this go-lucky, immature frat boy that simply is going along in life getting his thrills and dating "the love of his life." There doesn't seem to be much growth in the character. The same thing goes for Emma Stone and her portrayal of Gwen Stacey, more growth/depth would have been nice rather than all of the silly romantic crap occurring. Jamie Foxx as Electro/Max Dillon was perhaps one of most enjoyable performances and parts of the film that I would have loved to seen woven through the screenplay much better. He was a great character and well acted, and relatively well written. Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborne was pretty good, although I feel like the character could have been.....better, once again I believe that the character wasn't written that well. I enjoyed the plot tie in to the "Green Goblin" villain, Oscorp, Ravencroft, and the beginnings of the "Sinister Six." The plot involving Peter's father, Richard, and what was really going on at Oscorp was compelling, but not a real central plot point, it seemed more of a superfluous side story. It should have been the central plot to the entire film, but instead the writers focused on the romance and Harry Osborne attempting cure himself; as I mentioned before, very disappointing. It was diverting enough, and perhaps I would watch it again, but I'm not entirely certain about that. I don't know what is going to happen over the next few years with all of these comic book film adaptations coming out; I guess they'll keep on making them until they are unsuccessful and generate no revenue. Honestly if you're looking for a good fluffy flick, and are young then this film is for you. In other new it was a great relaxing day for me, only one more of which I will be able to enjoy before grad school kicks into full blast this coming Monday. I can't believe I have completed one year of grad school already! This year is almost halfway over; time just cannot seem to pause, or slow down as one ages, or becomes more responsible and busy. That's all I've got for now. The world seems to be getting more chaotic and dangerous with each passing day, and apparently (at least in the U.S.) people are acting and displaying hostile and psychotic behavior. I say this working in the mental health field and talking with individuals who also work in this field across the levels of intervention and treatment. I have also spoken with people in law enforcement and they have seen a similar increase in behaviors as well; it is all very unsettling. Kind of like the rumblings before the giant earthquake.