10 Changes That Would Have Improved The Amazing Spider-Man 2
10. Giving Electro A Proper Motivation
Jamie Foxx's turn as Electro isn't exactly bad. When the Oscar-winning actor is let off the leash, he's actually very good, and well worth his set-piece value. Yet a villain can't survive on just set-pieces alone there's got to be characterisation, otherwise he's just a flamboyantly-dressed (or in this case, skinned) guy with a neat party trick. Without motivation, you could probably book him for children's parties. And this, sadly, is what Electro lacks his motivation is almost heroically laughable, to the point of caricature. Obviously, the term 'caricature' has to be used sparingly after all, when Foxx is pretty much fluorescent for the majority of the run-time, you can't really ask for too much realism. But other super-hero films hell, other Spider-Man films have imbued their villain with a more understandable axe to grind, making Dillon's angle as an obsessive Spider-Man fan who's slightly annoyed that Webhead took the cameras off him during their Times Square barney seem pretty ridiculous. Oh, and he forgot his name too, but that's hardly a good enough reason to drain New York of all its power, is it? The fault seems to lie in how Dillon's portrayed pre-superpowers. His problem's an understandable one he's lonely and downtrodden but it's hedged so much in the loner/outsider archetype that it's positively vanilla. If they'd have given regular Dillon a more unique backstory and a more understandable thirst for vengeance, he wouldn't have been so forgettable.
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