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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Feature Multiple Spidey Costumes

Yay. Finally I have som news to talk about. Sure there’s been loads of news going on recently from return of the original cast for Star Wars Episode VII to the new Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, however there hasn’t been anything I’ve really wanted to blog about… Until now! The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has new information that has caught my interest, let’s see what the deal is from the following article on superherohype:

“Last month, ComingSoon.net revealed the very first look at the new costume set to appear in next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 . Now, stuntman William Spencer, posting from the New York set, reveals that the design from Marc Webb’s 2012 original will also be used (via Spider-Man News). What, exactly, happens to Peter Parker’s duds that requires a brand new suit remains to be seen, but fans should be pleased to learn that the look of the new costume will likely be explained in the final film.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 , Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds, life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.”

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Okay excusing that strange picture, it seems like Parker is gonna go the way of Tony Stark and have more than one suit to use during one film. Now before comic book fanboys decide to attack me for that kind of comparison I am aware that Peter Parker had more than one Spidey suit, not only of his original red and blue one but of many different types depending on the situation at hand. So we now know that the costume from TASM will return but at some point will be replaced by the new one in this sequel. But when they say multiple suits does that mean we may get to see other types of suits like the Scarlet Spider or the Iron Spider? Haha okay those are a bit of stretch but it’d be interesting to see what other kinds of suits the film could produce especially if they were comic book-related.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Exclusive First Look at the New Spider-Man Costume!

I saw the title for this article on superherohype and my current emotional state went from bored to excitement level 55! Today we have a look at the new Spider-Man costume that’ll be in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014! check out the article and picture below:

“Following a tease by director Marc Webb himself last week, we now have your exclusive first look at the costume that will be featured in next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Check it out below!

As Webb promised last November, the costume features much bigger eyes and a number of alterations to color and texture throughout. This is quite arguably the closest any of the films have come to matching the design from the comics, especially Mark Bagley’s take in Ultimate Spider-Man. A good visual comparison is this photo from last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man, featuring Spidey in a similar pose.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds, life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

Also starring Martin Sheen, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giammatti, Felicity Jones and Colm Feore, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, 2014.”

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And here you have it, the new Spidey costume and all I have to say if FINALLY! This is what I’m frigging talking about. This is honestly sex to my eyes. In my opinion the Spider-Man costume was one of the things that the Sam Raimi films got pretty much spot on back in 2002 and with the The Amazing Spider-Man while there were some notable improvements to the design of the costume it wasn’t totally accurate. So now we have this costume and honestly this just looks sexy as hell. While it is only the upper half of the costume I already like what I’m seeing. This really looks like a cross between Raimi’s and Webb’s costumes, but the addition of the bigger eye pieces just adds a new level of the comic book originality.

Here’s a picture comparison:

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I find it to be insane how much has changed since the last costume and I am now automatically more excited for the film then I ever was before! So what do you think of the new costume? Sound of your thoughts in the comments below!

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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My Top 5 Summer Films of 2012

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another blog post, as you can see from the title today I’ll be talking about my top 5 films of the summer. Now while this has certainly been an interesting and highly anticipated summer for films, in retrospect I find myself incredibly underwhelmed by the summer film season as a whole. Don’t get me wrong there were great set of films to check out, but I feel like there was a lot highly anticipated films that failed to live up to the hype. Anyway let’s move on that list of my personal favourite films of the summer:

1. The Avengers

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In the end what else would you expect me to put as my top film of the summer? When it comes to The Avengers I am in love. The film that gave me everything that I wanted and then some. It had action, humour, great acting and interesting character interactions throughout and it defied the impossible by taking several superheroes from their individual films and assembled them in one place and the end result was epic to say the least. We put our trust in Joss Whedon, the writer/director of this mammoth of a film and he delivered. He created a special kind of comic book film that really did appeal to the fans and casual audiences, the film’s tone and atmosphere really was much that of a comic book, but it also had the realism that was established in the previous Marvel Studio films. The Avengers was a gamble and it easily could have failed, but it worked and really succeeded. The Avengers is easily my favourite film of not only the summer, but of the year too. I loved it since my first viewing and since the summer’s ended nothings been able to touch it. Fact.

2. The Dark Knight Rises

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The only film that would have given The Avengers a run for its money was Batman and boy did it come close! The Dark Knight Rises was the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s dark and realistic take on the comic book character. With the hype of The Dark Knight proceeding this film, there was a lot riding on this film. Luckily TDKR succeeded on being a pretty darn good sequel and in my opinion TDKR was a way better than TDK. This was the first Batman film from Chris Nolan I genuinely liked for all the right reasons, In TDKR there was drama, a real sense of urgency and chaos and a load of action too. The scale of this film was much better, the story felt much bigger and the villain, Bane was such a beast of a guy and so badass! Also for the first time Batman actually got to fight someone in a one-on-one fight and it was friggin awesome! The cinematography, sound design and epic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer made TDKR one of my favourite films this year.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man

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Now this film is a bit questionable in its position as my third favourite film of the summer. Don’t get me wrong The Amazing Spider-Man is pretty damn good, but in a lot of ways it didn’t meet the requirements for the kind of Spider-Man film I would like to watch. Obviously we all know the deal with this film being a reboot of the Spider-Man film series and how it was going to be the untold story of Peter Parker with the film following the comic book source material better while also creating its own story in the process. The end result in TASM is a good one. Andrew Garfield gave us a much more precise interpretation of Peter Parker, Emma Stone was also very good and pretty as Gwen Stacy and it was mainly their roles individually and together that made the film work. The action and CGI was pretty good too and the soundtrack has its special moments too. However their were a good few issues I had with TASM. The film’s interpretation of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard isn’t nearly good as it is in the comics, and I just wasn’t wowed by much in the film which really was the main thing that bugged me. I think the marketing for TASM hurt the film greatly by showing far too much in the trailers and TV spots. But anyway to summarize TASM is a good film, some say the best Spidey film to date (though I still feel that’s Spider-Man 2), but I am more interested in what they’ll do with a sequel and hope that I’ll find what I’m looking for there.

4. The Watch

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To be honest I didn’t think this film would be in my top 5 of the summer. With the questionable reception it got in America I thought The Watch would just be an okay comedy film… Man I was glad to be wrong! The Watch was frigging hilarious and while it wasn’t as funny as I was hoped and certainly wasn’t the best comedy film I had ever seen, it was the best comedy I saw this year. I remember seeing the teaser for this film and thought it looked hilarious, but when I found out about the alien invasion aspect of the film I thought it would suck. Luckily there is still a great amount of fun to be had with this film and I think it works really well because it’s just really stupid humour and it kicks so much ass! But it’s really the performances from Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade that makes The Watch such an enjoyable film to watch.

5. The Expendables 2

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Now this is what I’m talking about! Just some beastly film about great action stars coming together and destroying stuff, yay! The Expendables 2 is just a fun time in the cinema and I certainly came out of the cinema with a grin of satisfaction on my face. The film isn’t a greatly executed piece of art, it’s just an action film full of gunfire, fighting, explosions and chaos and it all kicks ass! It is just great to see some of these older action stars return to the big screen after all these years especially with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Expendables 2 is just a big, dumb load of fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously and its also pretty funny too with movie references aplenty.

Now to conclude one could argue that I am a bit biased towards comic book films, but what can I say, when I want some entertainment in the cinema they always seem to deliver (when they are made properly). Either way that’s my top 5 films of this summer, while at least 2 of these films delivered completely, as a whole this summer of films felt pretty weak overall when compared to the last two. Well that’s been my list of films for the summer, drop me a comment and let me know your own favourite films of the summer. Until the next time people, later on! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in 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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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer 3

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post from your blogging friend, the hypersonic55! Today I wanted to talk about the last trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man that was released just days ago. If you haven’t checked it out, then take a look at the video below:

For me I have always been a bit hesitant about this new adaptation of Spider-Man because of not only my attachment to the Sam Raimi films, but also because of the direction the film was taking with the story and the characters involved. But slowly over the course of time the film has been swaying me over with its interesting set pictures and videos. Also all of the interviews I have watched and read with the director Marc Webb and our main actor Andrew Garfield has started to make me think that this Spider-Man film good actually be pretty good. As time has gone by The Amazing Spider-Man has just started to look better and better and even around the titan films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, this new film was definitely showing up on my radar. Now this new trailer has come out and my god, it is the best one yet!

I think the main issue I had with The Amazing Spider-Man was the fact that it hadn’t shown me a trailer like The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises that made me shiver, that made me freak out or me shout, “I NEED TO SEE THIS FILM RIGHT NOW!!” The first teaser trailer really wasn’t all that and only provided a few glimpses of what the film could be or only things that the fans good pick up on. Granted it was rushed out after being leaked on the internet, but still it was pretty dull. So then around a few months ago we got the first proper full trailer (technically trailer number 2), the film started to look interesting with all of the interesting things we learnt about the characters, story and the scenes of Spidey fighting and swinging through New York and stuff of that nature. So by that point I was definitely interested. But still not overly swayed like I was for The Avengers or Batman.

Now this third trailer I’ve watched twice now and I have to say that this film actually looks pretty damn good. This trailer just has so much more to look at from the visual standpoint in terms of action scenes of Spidey fighting the Lizard or seeing him avoid the police. The scale of the film looks pretty big and GCI looks so much more improved and adds a new dimension to the film. There are a lot of POV shots in this trailer and many scenes that look like they are meant to be experienced in 3D. However one of the best aspects of this trailer is singing Spidey’s trademark humour, there is a scene where a robber and the line Spidey comes out with is simply incredible. That was the real selling point of this trailer. After seeing The Avengers my life was techincally complete and I forgot about a lot of the otehr films coming out this summer, but this new trailer has put The Amazing Spider-Man back on the map for me. I need July to happen right now! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in 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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