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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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There are a few things that I have found people more sensitive about than the things they loved as a child. If you mention it with kindness their faces will light up and if you speak ill towards it they will be hurt in a special way. We all have that one thing from our childhood that we just love. For me it’s Spider-Man. I unabashedly love Spider-Man. However this does not mean I will always love a Spider-Man film. As much as anything done right in these films is pure ecstasy to me however if something is tackled wrong its a kin to spitting in my mouth and slapping me in the face all at once. The Sam Raimi Spider-Man’s were pretty fun but not what a modern representation of what the character and his villains are. The first in Marc Webb’s series was good despite the hurdles it put in its own way with a needless conspiracy sub plot and a lack luster villain in the Lizard. With that all being said I am delighted to report The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not only the best Spider-Man movie ever. In my humble opinion it is the best super hero film ever and has pipped The Avengers as the best cinema experience I have ever had. Continue reading

Batman and Spiderman Battle For Comic Book Movie Supremacy

Summer 2012 in cinema has been as most summers are in recent years, a comic book movie summer. Unlike previous years the comic book movies have either delivered huge as in the case of The Avengers, largely satisfied as in the case of The Amazing Spiderman or if early indication is to be taken seriously outdone its predecessors as in the case of The Dark Knight Rises.

The Avengers at this point has come and gone, a smash hit both critically and commercially, earning $1.4 billion at the box office, Joss Whedon has come good in film which raises the bar action-wise for all comic-book movies.

The Amazing Spiderman is in its first week of general release and has gained a mostly positive reception, many fans and critics praising the acting, specials effects etc. but feel it lacks in originality and an emotional punch, unsurprising given it has only been five years since the previous Spiderman trilogy ended. And despite Spiderman 3 being poorly received critically, Spiderman and in particular Spiderman 2 were critically and commercially lauded.

In fairness to the Amazing Spiderman, the origin story is a difficult place to start and it is a story that can’t really be changed or tinkered with. Spiderman released in 2002 was an origin story and was done well, so it’s unsurprising when one of the charges against the new film is one of “covering old ground”.  The main positives to be taken out of the new film is that the leads are cast right. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have received praise for the chemistry and approach to their roles, and that’s a good starting point.

A running theme in recent years in comic book movies is that the sequel, once the origin has been established, is usually a better film, as in the case of X-Men 2, Spiderman 2 and The Dark Knight. Given the high probability of the Amazing Spiderman doing the business at the box-office and with intentions already being made of doing a trilogy, it should be expected that The Amazing Spiderman two, free of the shackles of the origin story will be a much better film for it.

Once the credits rolled on The Dark Knight there was huge expectation on the shoulders of Christopher Nolan to deliver a similar standard of quality in the third film of his Dark Knight Trilogy. Since its announcement The Dark Knight Rises has been slowly gaining momentum as it approached its July 20th release date.

The film has now been shown to a number of critics in New York and Los Angeles and early indication is that the response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive, having received a standing ovation at its climax with a number of critics openly weeping with joy.

Despite a review embargo being set, snippets of responses have started to filter onto Twitter and online, and the response as seen below speaks for itself;

“Wow. Quite speechless at the moment….”TDKR” was everything I wanted it to be.”

“So much awesome… can’t wait to see it again. And again. And 9 out of 10 for me. I’d put “Amazing Spider-Man” at a 7.5 and “Avengers” at an 8.5.”

“This film was the perfect final chapter in the trilogy.”

“I think Bale gives his best performance as Batman and as Bruce Wayne in this one.”

“ Nolan manages to convey this wild ride into 165 minutes of his best work.”

“The Dark Knight Rises” is not only easily the best Batman movie yet, but now one of my favourite movies I’ve ever seen. It was unbelievable!”

“If this does not break the mold and win Best Picture, no comic book movie ever will.”

The most difficult challenge facing The Dark Knight Rises is also something of an advantage over The Amazing Spiderman and to a lesser extent The Avengers is that it is a sequel. The film has a huge challenge to overcome as it will inevitably face comparisons with The Dark Knight.  If it does compare to its predecessor and early indication would suggest that it’s a better film, which will then lead to a huge box-office return estimated to surpass The Dark Knights takings of just over $1 billion.

Due to its content being darker than the more family friendly The Avengers, it will not surpass that films box-office total but could possibly be a real challenge come award seasons something that as early as five years ago would have been unheard of. A comic book movie with widespread mainstream credibility.

Whatever the preference. Weather it’s the Marvel Universe or DC Universe, its unquestionable that summer 2012 will be the last comic-book movie summer.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Only ten years after Toby Maguire brought Spider-Man to life director Marc Webb (500 days of Summer) has not only spun a new story on Spider-Man’s origins but has managed to make a really good film.

Like in all versions Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bit by a genetically enhanced spider and develops skills any teenage-boy (and girl) would dream of. But this time around his advisory is the one armed scientist Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) who turns into a rampaging mutant lizard after injecting himself with a formula to regenerate DNA. Of course the love story is not forgotten but instead of the normally beautiful but boring Mary-Jane, Parker falls for his high-school classmate the sexy, sassy and smart Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). An extra twist is given when it turns out that her father (Dennis Leary) is the captain of the taskforce trying to put Spider-Man in jail.

Unlike director Sam Raimi ‘s original trilogy, Webb doesn’t rely on action sequences but takes time in developing characters, which gives them more depth. This is most noticeable in Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Peter Parker, he isn’t just the Hollywood version of a nerd or geek but has a darker side and harder edge to him. And while he is a good guy and tries to do the right thing he is believable still is a teenager trying to figure out life, not just his Spider-Man persona.

And with the charming Emma Stone playing his love-interest Gwen, who already has a crush on him before he turns into a superhero, the relationship is more believable and the chemistry undeniable. Stone is more than just a pretty face or arm-candy but a true partner who will not be sidelined.

Of course there are still some general bases of the story that The Amazing Spider-Man covers, like the killing of Parker’s Uncle Ben, but Martin Sheen’s portrayal of him is edgier and somehow that makes his death even sadder. Sally Field cast as Aunt May is brilliant, she isn’t a caricature but a real person and you can feel her pain and confusion. She is a relatable mother figure and a good solid foundation to help understand Parker’s motivations.

This reboot of Spider-Man is well worth watching and while Webb only uses the 3D effects sparsely throughout the film they tend to stand out more and seem less of a gimmick. This makes The Amazing Spider-Man just as good in two dimensions and overall a better-told story.  It is fast paced and you don’t feel the more than two hours it takes to come to the end.  The film has a sleek slightly futuristic look and feel to it, which makes it all the more enjoyable to watch.

On a side-note it is well worth mentioning that the musical score by James Horner is interesting and exciting. And for all of you, who rush out of the movies once the end credits start to roll, sit tight as you may get a peek at what a sequel could hold.