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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! đŸ˜€

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

 

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Lincoln Review

I’m sorry for taking so long to get this review online, but as some of you may have seen who follow this blog I have been posting like a crazy man over the last 3 days and I didn’t want to overload their subscription lists haha. Anyway I saw Lincoln on the weekend just to see what the hype was about and see if it was worthy of all the praise, so is it a great historical film or just another boring biographical film? Read on and find out!

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So the story covers the final few months of Abraham Lincoln’s life, focusing on the President’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives. I found it interesting to see how Lincoln tried to get this amendment passed in order to abolish slavery, and I also found it interesting to see how a lot of people weren’t down with the idea and thought it was too radical for time too. The story in this film is dramatic, emotional and impactful. There are elements of corruption, dirty dealings in the background, and there is also a lot of tension in the film too. It was captivating though the story was hard to follow at times because of the specific dialogue used. And speaking of the dialogue, this film is very dialogue-heavy and not that much action happens, but if you can sit still and embrace the story then you’ll enjoy the film a lot.

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Then there’s the cast of Lincoln, they were all grand. Firstly Daniel Day-Lewis really does give an Oscar worthy performance as Abraham Lincoln. He carries the role with such gravitas and conviction, and he embodies the character to the point where you don’t even see him as an actor. The way he moved and spoke, I saw Lincoln in him and while I can’t tell how accurate it was to real thing I felt that he really kicked ass! Also Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln was outstanding, her performance was emotionally charged and you could see that she was a fragile and complex and Field handled the role wonderfully especially in her intense scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis. But my favourite performance came from Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, he was this intense force of nature who was a no-nonsense kind of guy who insults people he doesn’t like, so badass. Jones was incredible and his performance was powerful, unforgettable and quite funny at points too. And there was also some great performances from David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Costabile and Jared Harris to name a few. There really are too many people to mention in this film, but all of the cast were really on the mark.

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The presentation is also very good. The cinematography and camera work was excellent with some great shots and angles at many points in the film. And the soundtrack by John Williams, well John Williams is automatically awesome and while this isn’t one of his most memorable soundtracks, the score he composed for this film was fantastic.

So in conclusion Lincoln is probably one of the best historical dramas I’ve ever seen. Now while I haven’t seen too many films of this genre I have seen a good few before this film and this one is great. I was surprised with how much I actually enjoyed this film, but it was definitely a brilliant film that deserves all the praise it’s getting. Steven Spielberg has done a great job with this film, the cast is great, the story is solid and the presentation is grand. I highly recommend this film; it is worth your time and money.

Rating: 9/10 (Super Seal of Approval!)

There’s another review done, I hope you enjoyed and whatever your thoughts on the film drop them below in the comments section! See ya on the next review! đŸ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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