Jamie Foxx’s Shocking Electro Transformation: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings into theaters on May 2, and all eyes will be on Jamie Foxx’s Electro. Foxx explains the intense transformation he underwent and why simply getting into his costume put him directly in character.
The Story "The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands," notes Leslie Felperin at The Hollywood Reporter,” sharing a common gripe among early reviewers. Mark Adams at ScreenDaily agrees, saying the film “comes close to losing its way due to its overly-plotted baddies,” resulting in “a rather unwieldy sense to its structure as characters slug it out for screen time.” As far as the villains themselves, Jamie Foxx is receiving mixed reactions for his portrayal of Max Dillon/Electro, while Dane DeHaan is getting almost unanimous praise for his sly turn as Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin. Jaime Foxx THR’s Felperin is one of Foxx’s defenders, saying the Oscar-winning actor, “even under all the prosthetic make-up and visual effects … manages to project a literally white-hot rage and damaged psyche.” Stefan Page at HeyUGuys is a fan, too, comparing the “initially endearing” character to Elsa in “Frozen” and writing that Electro is a “wonderfully constructed antagonist” who “earns our sympathy and becomes more relatable and real,” though regretting that ultimately “the character is underused and his potential is not fulfilled.” And Dibdin at Total Film says there’s “a real poignancy” to the unfortunate antagonist.
Can we just talk about the fact that there was a TASM set pic released of Max Dillon trying to light the candle on his own birthday cake… But when you take a good look at the cake you notice something… …like how it’s got green icing with yellow lightning bolts on it. Kinda like… Methinks Mr. Webb deserves more credit than he gets.
So the wallcrawler’s latest enemy was born of… electric eels? Sony has unveiled a pretty sweet extended look at the film that kicks off (or, rather, “swings in”) the 2014 summer movie season: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which looks to make director Marc Webb’s Spidey reboot into its own entity rather than something to be constantly compared to Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, which so far has had its comparative installments released exactly ten years prior to that of the new series. Having new-to-the-big-screen Electro as what appears to be the “main villain” of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” goes a long way in having this new Spidey establish its own identity, and the extended look sheds some (electrical) light on where this guy comes from. We also get to see Peter genuinely enjoying being Spider-Man, particularly in a sequence in which he rescues Oscorp employee Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx).