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QUICK REVIEW: La La Land

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? So La La Land, the film that everyone has been buzzing about since critics it got released recently during in America and while the film isn’t out here in the UK officially until Friday I think, I got to see it at a Cineworld unlimited screening last night and I’m gonna tell you right now, I really liked this film and I’m gonna tell you why in this review. 🙂

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The story can be described as the following:

“This film tells the story of Mia and Sebastian, an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts, and so this musical explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.”

I really enjoyed this story, it had a really classic feel to it in its tone, narrative and when some critics say that this film is a love letter to old Hollywood films you can really feel it while you’re watching. The story had a lot of familiar elements and some parts you can predict, but it was handled with style, passion and care so when the drama, love, joy and etc go down its engaging and endearing. But what I didn’t expect was how deep, emotional and thought-provoking the film would be, this film covers a lot of themes when it comes to success and failure, compromise, having aspirations, following your dreams, and the trials and tribulations that can come with breaking into music and film industry. It was realistic and I think will not only resonate with people who are dreamers but also make people thinking about their own career paths especially if you’re a creative individual trying to get into the media industry.

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The cast was wonderful, but the main people you’ll remember is Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who killed it! Firstly there’s Emma Stone as Mia Dolan, a girl who has great love for the film industry and had dreams of becoming a famous actress, and what I loved about her was playfulness and determination, and Stone was incredible, easily my favourite performance from her so far. Ryan Gosling was great as Sebastian Wilder, I loved his admiration for jazz and the fact that he continued to follow his dreams in spite of set backs and compromises he’s had to make, and Gosling is one of those guys I’m liking more and more with every film I see him in. Stone and Gosling had great chemistry and their characters’ love story was beautiful, engaging and felt natural. John Legend also did well as Keith, as did Rosemarie DeWitt as Laura Wilder and J. K. Simmons’ contribution as Bill was small yet unforgettable and hilarious.

The presentation was off the charts, visually and musically the film was stunning. Visually this film does some really impressive, surprising and fascinating work with the cinematography, colour scheme, lighting, set design and use of visual effects. I loved the amount of continuous shots this film was able to pull off, it looked like an insane amount of tracking shots. Oh and that dance choreography, LOVED IT! I’m a massive fan of dance choreography and this film had some pretty cool footwork especially in the extravagant dance numbers with numerous people all moving at the same time. Oh and the music was so nice, I wasn’t sure if I would like it considering the trailers, but it not only worked for the film, but it was pretty catchy, diverse and had a lot of jazz influences which I really appreciated. Justin Hurwitz’s score was magical, dramatic and infectious.

In conclusion La La Land made me think, made me feel and left a strong impression me long after I left the cinema. I had such a good time with this film and I highly recommend it, and that means a lot coming from a man who isn’t keen on musicals to begin with.

So have you seen La La Land and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to drop me your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review 😀

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Good day to you people of the internet, time to review a new film and today’s the one I have been cautiously looking forward to, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now check it, I wasn’t too keen on the first Amazing Spider-Man, I re-watched it recently and liked it a bit more than I remember, but I’m still not over the moon about it. So with this new film I had hoped that it would be the one to win me over, ever since the first trailer I’ve been hyped and since I loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier this film had a lot to live up to. So has Marc Webb and his team succeed with this film? Well read on and find out!

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So what’s going on with the story? Well firstly Peter Parker is still Spider-Man but he’s definitely become a well-known figure in New York, he saves lives, the people know and love him (for the most part) and as a superhero he has become a lot more confident. Outside of the suit Parker is also continuing his relationships with Gwen Stacy and trying to find out what happened with his parents and how it ties to Oscorp. Oscorp also plays a big role in this film as it leads to the return of Harry Osborn and the creation of the villain Electro, a villain ready to wreck things up for not only Spider-Man, but the rest of New York.

What we get in this story is a better look at the life of Peter Parker, seeing how he balances his life between being a superhero and then trying to hide his secret to Aunt May and continue his relationship with Gwen although he is haunted by the promise he made to her father in the last film. The film is at top form when it focuses on the relationship between Peter and Gwen, it is the core element of this film and that got right. The rest of the plot has its moments but none of it comes off as effectively. Besides the backstory involving Peter’s parent’s ties to Oscorp which finally gets some clarity in the way I’d hoped in the last film, this film just feels a bit bloated  with there being there’s a lot of things going and with some of these other plot points don’t get the screen time they deserve to feel as relevant. I do like how this film draws from its comic book source material and it does have some moments of greatness, however it doesn’t feel like a cohesive film and at times because of the heavy focus on Peter and Gwen’s relationship I felt like I was watching a romantic drama with comic book elements sprinkled in which made this film less like a superhero film to me.

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As for the characters there are pretty good for the most part. Let’s start with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Garfield does a great job with the role here as he’s definitely become more comfortable with this role and has been able to take it to new places emotionally. Peter in this film has a lot of issues to deal with from his relationship to with to hiding his superhero identity from his aunt to reconnecting with Harry and on top of that be Spider-Man and I feel like Garfield acts well. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is amazing, besides the fact that I love this woman because she is beautiful, she definitely is really good in this role. Gwen in this film is still smart, sassy, funny and has a lot of relevance in this film and I loved what the writers did with her character in the film. As for Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro this where things get a bit iffy. As Dillon, the electrical engineer who works for Oscorp as someone who no one notices he’s good, he has odd personality traits and weird. After Dillon becomes Electro I like what they did with his powers and I liked him more than the Lizard, that being said this villain wasn’t nearly as compelling or had the gravitas of other good superhero villains like the Joker, Loki or a better example would be Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock.

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Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn was cool, this version of Harry is a lot more distant, suave, sophisticated and emotionally complex and I loved what DeHaan did with the character and his chemistry with Peter was pretty intriguing although I think it needed more time to develop. However as the new version of the Green Goblin DeHaan was a bit hard to watch because of the over-the-top nature of the acting. And lastly Sally Field as Aunt May was lovely, I feel like she continued to be a good support for Peter and she definitely steps up and does a wonderful job where the emotional moments matter.

When it comes to the presentation it is really good for the most part. Visually the film looks gorgeous, the GCI is very sharp, vivid and beautiful. The cinematography is also very nice with some incredible first person shots, wide shots that showcase the incredible New York landscape and tracking shots that look really awesome too. The fight Spider-Man’s fight scenes and web-slinging look as good as ever and are way more advanced and intricate than before. And the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is a bit of mixed bag. Normally Zimmer can do no wrong and for the most part this score has a better presence and heroic sound to it than the previous film, that being said, this film also has some questionable music tracks inserted that really take me out of the film and feel like they were added to try and make the film feel modern which was really unnecessary.

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In conclusion The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is good, but wasn’t the Spider-Man that I wanted. The central storyline involving Peter and Gwen is where this film succeeds, that and the great action sequences, but beyond that not much else works. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier I knew I was in love with that film almost immediately, but now with Amazing Spider-Man 2 I’m still indifferent to it. There’s stuff I liked and stuff I didn’t but as an overall piece of work I can’t figure out how I feel about it. This is gonna be one of those films that splits the audience down the middle again and your enjoyment will really depend of your thoughts on the last film, what kind of comic fan you are or whether you prefer these new films to the Sam Raimi ones. As it stands this film was not a train wreck, but it wasn’t amazing as the title implies, watch the film for yourself to form your own opinion yo. I’m out. :S

Rating: 7.5/10 (A film that has its moments, but just isn’t consistent)

So what do you think of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did you love it or hate it or are you indifferent to the film like I am? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Croods Review

Okay time to review a film I have had my eye for a while, the latest animated film form DreamWorks, The Croods. Now it’s come to my attention in recent years that DreamWorks have finally become a force to stand up against the animation powerhouse that is Pixar. Their work with Kung-Fu Panda 2, Puss In Boots and more recently Rise of the Guardians proves that they can deliver both good stories, characters and impressive visuals too. So when I saw the trailer for this film I was unsure about it at first, but then given DreamWorks’ recent track record it would have to be worth a watch right? So how’s the film? Read on to find out.

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So the story of the film involved The Croods, a cavemen family who have survived their lives by abiding by rules, living in fear and never leaving their cave to avoid danger. Though the eldest daughter Eep yearns for more and wants to be adventurous and free much to the annoyance of her father. After their cave is destroyed by the change in the Earth’s tectonic plates, the Croods must venture into unfamiliar territory and trek through this new, fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy by the name of Guy.

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I thought the story was good, the themes of family, change and adapting to survive was believable, relatable and understandable. Though for all of its unique aspects the plot was a bit basic and comes with a lot of the standard plot elements that are associated with children’s animated films. It does go down the Pixar route of having an emotional message implanted in the film and while it works well for Pixar, it’s not quite as impressive here.

When it comes to characters they are all pretty unique, interesting and has their own quirks. So let’s start with Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, he was almost unrecognizable in voice as the head of the family who means well for his family, but is overprotective and fears change. His character was a little annoying due to his constant need to control all situations, but I could comprehend why he was like that. Emma Stone as Eep Crood was probably the most relatable character as the cavegirl who’s filled with curiosity and a desire for adventure. Stone did will to convey her emotions in this role and while her constant need for adventure was a little annoying at times her character was nice overall. And then there’s Ryan Reynolds as Guy, he’s like a smarter, more advanced caveboy who comes up with ideas and invents things. He’s also accompanied by a sloth called Belt which keeps his trousers up and provides moments of humour (which don’t always work by the way). Guy is also Eep’s love interest; both of them have interesting chemistry together and nice to see it build. Reynolds was actually likeable in this film providing some funny scenes especially when he screams, oh and one other thing to note about him the fact that his strength is nowhere as strong as the Croods which leads to some funny scenes.

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As for the rest of the cast they all do good jobs including Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood (Grug’s wife), Clark Duke as Thunk Crood (Grug and Ugga’s son), Cloris Leachman as Gran (mother-in-law of Grug and the mother of Ugga, Chris Sanders as Belt, (Guy’s pet sloth), Randy Thom as Sandy Crood, (Grug and Ugga’s ferocious baby daughter). When it came to characters my favourites were definitely Eep, Guy and Sandy.

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When it comes to the presentation of The Croods in this department is was flawless! The CGI was amazing and is possibly the best I’ve seen from DreamWorks so far (next to Rise of the Guardians). Thanks to the prehistoric setting, natural disasters and changes in location it made for a varied, colourful and fantastic-looking film. The level of detail in the locations, creatures and human characters was lovely. So many of the scenes and sequences were well crafted and have that great blend between the cartoon-like art style and realism. One particular sequence in the beginning really stands out; it was really energetic, loud, bombastic and athletic accompanied by some great music to match the action on-screen. The slick nature of the animation and the use of motion blur was stupidly impressive. Also the soundtrack by Alan Silvestri was nice and had some really memorable pieces near the beginning of the film and near the end too.

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So to conclude The Croods was good a good and solid animated film for all the family. However the film was not nearly as great as I’d hoped, the story was pretty basic and generic but from an animation perspective it was spectacular! I know DreamWorks can do better because I’ve seen it in the past. If you’re not too fussed about the specifics of an animated film then check out The Croods, its good, just not amazing.

Rating: 6.5/10 (A fantastic-looking film but it’s hampered by an okay story)

So what did you think of The Croods? Did you love it, hate it or just think it was alright? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below and I’ll see you on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Gangster Squad Review

Alrighty then, Gangster Squad, my first proper 2013 film that I’ve seen in the cinema. I had hoped that this film would be worth my time and not just another one of those hyped up thriller films that actually suck. Luckily this film was pretty good, but I have indeed seen better before.

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So the story takes place during the 1940s and ’50s in Los Angeles where gangster, Mickey Cohen owns the streets of the city with his ruthless gang members. However Sergeant John O’Mara along with some other LAPD officers and detectives form a group called the “Gangster Squad unit” who attempt to take back LA from Mickey Cohen and make the streets safe once more. I think the story for this film had a lot of potential because of its subject matter and the fact that it actually happened in real life, however I feel like the story never really reached that peak point. Also I never really found myself emotionally invested in the film at all which kind of sucked for me because most thrillers can engage me pretty well. The writing in this film was a little weak and predictable with me being able to actually guess what certain characters were going to say before they said it.

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While the story didn’t hold up as well as I’d hoped, the characters of Gangster Squad were a lot better. Josh Brolin as Sergeant John O’Mara was cool. I liked his no-nonsense approach to things and how he was determined to get his work done, though I found it funny how much I kept comparing him to Tommy Lee Jones throughout the film. Ryan Gosling as Sergeant Jerry Wooters was nice character and I liked his easy-going style. I think that the trailers lead me to believe that he was going to be the leader of the squad more so than O’Mara, but anyway he was good in the film though I wish his character had been fleshed out a bit more. Emma Stone as Grace Faraday was nice though severely underused. Stone looked immaculate in all of beautiful dresses and while her character has relevance to the story Grace is simply there just to get with Jerry and potentially get in trouble Cohen.

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Also Nick Nolte as Chief Bill Parker was good too though I had hoped to see more of him really. Easily the best character was Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen. Mickey is a ruthless sadist who will grow his empire at any cost. Another mention goes out to Anthony Mackie as Detective Coleman Harris. I was paying extra attention to him due to the fact that he’ll be The Falcon in Captain America 2, so I wanted to see what skills he had and I thought he was pretty cool and liked the scenes he was in; he was an efficient and essential member of the group. Overall besides Sean Penn being the best character in the film, I also liked the “Gangster Squad” as a whole all of them seemed to gel well together and when they’re acting as a unit creating chaos in the streets and being people up I liked it a lot.

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The presentation of the film was alright both in the visual and audio department. The look of the film was nice and some of the camera shots were cool and the soundtrack by Steve Jablonsky is also good but nothing overly memorable.

So in conclusion Gangster Squad is good film, I liked the story but I wasn’t overly invested in it. I was hoping for something a little more in line with Boardwalk Empire or maybe even some like Lawless. I mainly liked this film for the characters involved and the good action scenes. I would still recommend Gangster Squad though, it is a good watch and I was entertained for the most part.

Rating: 7/10

Well there’s my review people, what did you think of the film? Drop me a comment and let me know! Until the next time, later on. 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man Review

So here we are in July and this Marvel movie has finally come out, in this summer of cool, crazy and interesting films I feel I have to give my opinion one of the most important films of the year (for me at least), The Amazing Spider-Man. Also bare in mind that I was meant to have this review out on the 4th of July the day after the film came out but I ran into complications recording my YouTube review and then I moved into my new house which currently doesn’t have internet, so that’s why it has taken me this long to get it online, sorry! XD

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Now I have made it no secret that I have been waiting for this film for ages, with my interest in the film building from the time the set videos were posted up online during early production of the film to the latest film trailers that have been showcasing more interesting and original elements about the film. Just after The Avengers had come out and blew me out of the water I had sort of forgotten about The Amazing Spider-Man until all the trailers and TV spots started showing up out of nowhere and nearly blew up the internet! Okay maybe it wasn’t that bad but the fact of the matter was that the marketing and advertising for this film was pretty quiet up until May/June time where nearly everything about the film became public knowledge to those willing to look at it.

So was it good? Well unlike my normal reviews where I write a proper descriptive review I have decided to show you my YouTube review which perfectly illustrates the way I feel about this film because I found it easier to put into a video format than that of a written one. And I have also put a written conclusion at the bottom for those who want a more concise summary of my thoughts on the film. Hopefully you enjoy the review yo:

 

In conclusion I would say that The Amazing Spider-Man is a successful reboot of the Spider-Man film series. It takes the source material that we know from the comics and previous Spider-Man film and reworks and updates it for a new audience. With a cool story, great performances from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and cracking practical and special effects, this film is a nice little film to show up in between the hype of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Some will call this film the best Spider-Man ever either because of its close links to the source material or if they purely didn’t like the Sam Raimi films ad are looking for something a little more realistic. For me this film was interesting and even pretty damn cool in some areas, but the fact remains that it just didn’t leave me with that sense or awe and magic that comes with most superhero films. So the film isn’t perfect and it definitely has its flaws, it didn’t blow me away and in no way will it replace my love for The Avengers, but I will recommend it for casual audiences and comic book fans alike. The Amazing Spider-Man is a lot of fun and I will be watching it again. 😀

Rating: 7.5

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: The Amazing Spider-Man

Yo yo ladies and gents of the world and welcome to another instalment of Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012. Today I just thought I’d share with you my thoughts on the upcoming Spider-Man film reboot entitled The Amazing Spider-Man.

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Now if you are like me then you love Spider-Man, I think he is the best superhero in the world. While loads of other comic book fans would say the Batman or Superman, Spidey is the one for me. It’s been that way ever since I was a kid and it’s just my personal preference. And if you’re like me then you would have liked the Sam Raimi Spider-Man film trilogy. Granted that there were a good number of changed to the origin story, characters, costumes and some terrible choices made in the third film… But regardless of those factors Spider-Man 1 & 2 are still great films by most live-action superhero film standards, they helped build the basic formula for superhero films and they actually made them cool to watch. I loved the first to Sam Raimi films, with Tobey Maguire giving a great performance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, along with other great actors and actresses like Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, William Dafoe, Alfred Molina, JK Simmons, Bryce Dallas Howard and Elizabeth Banks to name a few. I think the films did a great job of capture the life and times of Peter Parker through all the ups and downs, juggling his double life and trying to safe the world, The films really were fabulous with some great storylines, amazing fight sequences, wonderful characters with great development. Obviously the films unfortunately took a turn for the worst when Spider-Man 3 came out and through in too many stories, characters, butchered Eddie Brock/Venom and Gwen Stacy too. So this series did end on a slightly weak note, but before this reboot came along I think most people were in agreement; that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films besides number 3 were great… That was until this reboot thing came into play.

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The Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, it really wasn’t that bad especially with the brilliance that is Spider-Man 2. Still one of the most highly regarded comic book films in existence.

So obviously after a while it was confirmed that Sony were gonna go ahead and attempt to redeem themselves with Spider-Man 4 with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire as Spidey again against John Malkovich as The Vulture. It sounded great, however the plug was pulled on that project by Sony and then they decided to go for the reboot option instead. Some fans were completely outraged, while a surprising amount of people supported the idea. To be honest I thought that there was many other film series of Marvel characters that needed to be rebooted more than Spider-Man. Fantastic Four, Daredevil or Ghost Rider anybody? But it went ahead anyway and the announcements were made. Firstly Sony said that the film would be directed by Marc Webb, director of 500 Days of Summer and they also gave a date for the reboot which was July 3rd 2012. Then we found out about the plot, hearing that Peter Parker would be heading back to high school, again. Except this film would focusing specifically on that part of his life as a young Parker as he discovers his powers similar to the story that got told in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. Also there would be another aspect taken into play which hadn’t been covered before; Parker’s parents and the mystery surrounding their lives. Over the latter half of 2010 we got our new cast for the film with british actor Andrew Garfield taking on the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, we had the lovely Emma Stone originally thought to be Mary Jane Watson, then confirmed to be Gwen Stacy and we had Rhys Ifans as the new Dr. Curt Connors/the Lizard.

Now let’s talk about Andrew Garfield. He’s a british actor of a fairly high-caliber and done a lot of good work in films like Lions for Lambs, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Boy A and Never Let Me Go. However as good as those films were if you were outside of the UK then chances are you wouldn’t see them so you couldn’t judge his acting skills unless you searched him out. I don’t think it was until The Social Network came out that people started to pay attention to Garfield and while that’s pretty bad, that’s the way it happened for a lot of people. Luckily he was bloody brilliant as Eduardo Saverin, he gave a very convincing american accent and gave a wonderful performance in the film. I think after that point no one was worried about him playing Parker in the new film.

Before any images of this reboot film came out everybody never wanted this film to happen, most people either wanted Spider-Man 4 or just wanted the film series to die. But slowly after filming started and the interviews started coming in the new film started winning people over with great casting for the main and supporting cast, a much more promising story which is closer to the source material and a good few pictures and videos from the filming on-set. And speaking of pictures let’s look att he first official one that came out in January 2011.

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This was the official picture for the new Spider-Man film and this was the defining feature at the time that would determine how the film was going and whether you personally would approve of it or not. Most people I saw from forum to forum to any other place on the internet where you could leave a comment hated the costume. A lot of people complained about the tampering oft he original style of the costume or some complained that Garfield’s Spidey was too skinny and so on and so forth. Though there were many who liked the new style of this new costume commenting on the new material on the red and blue areas and liked the sleek, rough-cut and edgy new design. I have to say I was apprehensive about the progress of this film at first with all of the changes that were made to the costume and the choice of casting for Peter Parker, but the more I looked at it I started to like it. Though when I saw some of the set photos that came out and saw the costume in full I was like “What the hell is this? Where’s the belt area on the costume? And why does his shoes have this stupid silvery metal bits on the bottom?” Many complaints were fired at the costume, but eventually the fans calmed down, well the sensible ones at lease haha.

The film eventually adopted the name “The Amazing Spider-Man” as its official title and that was appropriate as it was in line with the title of the original ongoing comic books series. It was a smart move as it again established its closer connection to the source material especially to the Stan Lee & Steve Ditko era of the Spidey stories. Over the course of 2011 we learnt a lot about the film, from the story direction to the characters that were going to be used and how they would interact with each other. We also learnt that the film was being film in 3D because Marc Webb described that the film was going to fully immerse you in the vision of Spider-Man and that the 3D would enhance the film rather than take away from it. We also learnt that Peter Parker would return to using his web shooters rather than his organic webbing he got in the Raimi films. Marc Webb went with this choice to showcase Parker’s level of scientific intellect. From set pictures we learnt that Oscorp would be involved in the film and so would the Daily Bugle, but J. Jonah Jameson wouldn’t be involved in the film and Peter wouldn’t have his normal job at the Bugle just yet. As I said before there was a loads of photos and videos from around the late point of 2010 when principal photography started, there was a great number of pictures of Andrew Garfield in and out of the suit and we learnt that this version of Parker has been modernised with the choice of clothing and especially with the skateboard he carries around. We also saw many pictures of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in many different locations and we also got to see shots of Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors. But fans were really interested in were the set photos of Garfield in the costume. We saw shots of him fighting criminals in very strange positions to swinging the very impressive physical web-slinging which again reinforced what Marc Webb said about trying to create a more realistic Spider-Man film saying that CGI would only be used for visual enhancements.

So after a good number pictures and videos we got our first trailer for the film in July 2011 after it was leaked online and aired at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. What we got from the trailer was a really massive teaser trailer, though it did establish the tone, atmosphere and style of this upcoming film which felt completely different from the Sam Raimi films. In that trailer there was a great emphasis on Parker’s parents and the fact that he was a loner and had no one that he knew friend-wise besides Gwen. We see a different take on how he got his abilities and then we were treated to a fist-person perspective as Spider-Man running along the rooftops of New York which looked very much like the game Mirror’s Edge. While it was a neat thing to add into the trailer it did kind of feel like a gimmick for the 3D aspect of the film. Though it was a decent trailer, fans demanded more, though it was clear from the amount of stuff we saw that there was still a great deal of work and post-production touch-ups that needed to be implemented and expecting a lot while the film was still being made was a bit of a long shot. Overall the first trailer got us all talking, while it wasn’t a the best trailer ever and a lot of fans wanted a lot more from the trailer, it did grab our attention. Watch it here:

So then we came into 2012 and the information for this film just keeps coming from each comic related event. With loads of official new pictures from the film and we even got the official plot synopsis:

“The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.”

It sounded all too interesting but at the same tine it wasn’t anything we hadn’t read about before. Along with this plot synopsis we finally got full-on looks at the Lizard and his more humanoid form very much similar to the original comics and less like the later versions with the long snout which is the fan favourite. Many don’t like the look of this Lizard, while others have learned to accept what they’re given. Either way I don’t think it was until this second official trailer came out that The Amazing Spider-Man became an actual contender for a good summer film. Check it out here:

I already did a video on this trailer a little while ago when it came out in last month but needless to say it looks miles better than the last trailer in every way shape and form. It’s dark, its serious and it packs a lot of weight into everything that you see from the scenes of action to the conversations between the main characters. It also seems like there is proper connection between Connors and Parker, not only from Peter’s parents but also what happens to Connors to turn him into the Lizard. The use of location in this film is so diversion and the use of lighting colour really gives off and realistic tone to the movie. The Spider-Man in this trailer looks like the coolest guy ever. I mean Spidey’s web-slinging is very fluid and a lot faster than the previous films, plus he looks so badass throwing down against his enemies and throwing web in such a fancy fashion. It also seems like this version of Spidey is even more agile, flexible and moves around a lot more when it comes to combat and evasion. And finally, finally, finally he has his trademark humour back in place. We can see that the police will have a greater role in this film with Captain George Stacy ordering an arrest for Spider-Man so that should be interesting also. If this isn’t a good indication of good stuff to come then I dunno what is.

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In conclusion I’m hopeful for The Amazing Spider-Man, the film went from being something I’d watch because I felt it was mandatory to something I am genuinely interested in watching. I’m hyped. There is a lot to like about this new take on Spider-Man, the filmmakers are bringing back Gwen Stacy and the Lizard, plus the Spidey’s trademark humour, the web shooters, they’re doing physical stunt work for web slinging too. Along with a gritty and darker tone than before and more involving character story Spider-Man’s return to the big screen this summer could be pretty badass. What I’m properly interested in is the way in which they tackled the characters because it’s been said in many interviews with the director and the actors that the characters are key to this film and that they happen to be the driving force of this film, especially the relationship between Peter and Gwen. I hope that materialised in this film and it translates well and that the filmmakers can do Spidey justice. Let’s hope Marvel don’t let us down. BRING IT ON!!!

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer 2 Review

Just recently the second trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man film came out and I wanted to offer up my thoughts on it real quick. Now since last year when a lot of the set pictures came out and the plot started to emerge I was really wary of this film and wasn’t sure what to make of it. I know that it was a new story, a new cast and overall it was another interpretation of the origin story of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. And after the first trailer came out last year in the summer it was clear that this film had a different tone to it, it wad darker, grittier and wanted to take Parker’s life in completely different direction than in the Sam Raimi films. Even looking at the way the film is shot and the use of locations gives the film a completely different feel from the original trilogy, though in the first trailer there wasn’t that much of Parker in the new costume and no sign of the Lizard. I know that the trailer was released around the time when the CGI was still rough in production according to the people who saw it at Comic-Con 2011, but this trailer was mainly about setting the tone of Peter Parker’s lonely life as an orphan, an outsider and how it unfolds with Gwen Stacy and Dr. Curt Connors. And of course at the end of the first trailer we had the whole “3D perspective of Spider-Man” thing at the end which looked interesting but undoubtedly very similar to the video game Mirror’s Edge, so at the time that trailer did divide the opinions of many fans.

So now in 2012 a few months down the line we have the second trailer and all I can say is… Damn! What a frigging improvement. This is a good trailer. We get a lot more to look at this time round, we see scenes of Parker interacting with Captain George Stacy and his work on his webshooters, we also see a bit of the bullying element at school come into play and we also get a better understanding of how Peter’s life is connected to Dr. Connors. More impressive is how they’ve incorporated the humour element into this film, Marc Webb said that the film was going to have it, but because of the dark tone the first trailer set it was hard to imagine it. But in this trailer Peter & Spidey are cracking jokes and they are well done (not quite comic book standard, but so far so good). We also get to see some proper scenes with Spider-Man in the suit and he definitely takes some cues from the first trilogy in terms of the way he moves through the air when web slinging, though his movements are a lot faster in this film, also Spidey’s fighting and evasive skills in hose action scenes looks pretty impressive. We even get some glimpses of the Lizard and he looks okay, but for me it doesn’t seem to have the design that I like with the long snout, but so far he looks alright.

And lastly I just wanted to mention that this film looks like it’ll have a pretty massive scale from the way some of the action scenes play out, especially towards the end of the trailer. Reminds me to some degree of Spider-Man 3 and the Transformers films (though with less explosions). Overall there was some very impressive stuff showcased here indeed, The Amazing Spider-Man is definitely looking better than ever before and some of my reservations have been retracted. While I am still wary, I am also dead excited for this film too so here’s hoping when this film comes out in July it’ll be a good one.

Here’s the trailer:

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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