Regular, everyday movie goers liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 well enough. It's got a solid 7/10 on IMDB and 4½ stars on Fandango. More importantly, it raked in $203 million at the domestic box office and $708 million worldwide, while costing "just" $200 million to make. However, critics were unimpressed with the film, citing a choppy storyline that tried to do too much. So The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got just a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53 on Metacritic.
But why do I bring all this up now, when the movie came out four months ago? Because in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Andrew Garfield basically said, yeah, the movie kinda sucked, and it's all the studio's fault:
It’s interesting. I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, “No, that doesn’t work,” then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.
In other news, if anyone's looking for Sony Pictures, they'll be hanging out under a bus.