Amazing Spider-Man 2: Movie Review


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Director: Marc Webb Writer:  Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Roberto Orci(screenplay) MORE Running Time: 142 mins

Starring:

This is way better than the Raimi movies and the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. THAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE SAID!

Dialogue is very important in a talking movie as it is in a comic book. The dialogue here is quite frankly just as amazing as the title would suggest. First, let me say that Spider-Man has been a pop culture icon since the 70’s (lets be fair, he probably wasn’t as cool with the world at the jump in 62) so he isn’t entirely hard to get right. Theres COUNTLESS  ARTICLES in his history. That said, he has been known as the kid hero who gets to beat up on you as he insults you. All while dealing with a elderly, near-nagging aunt. Homework money woes and everything and anything teens deal with in their day-to-day lives. This film is obviously a modern take on what exists. The dialogue is at its strongest when it comes to Gwen and Peter. I am no expert on love, but for the allowed time limit that this movie runs, It’s hard not to see the very obvious chemistry between the two leads. In the first ASM movie, there was that nervous love, almost secret love. Here and now, you have that same secret love but it’s a bit more of a guilty pleasure that just feels more right than wrong (because of the promise he made Gwen’s dad). Which is essentially ripped from the comic as it may (minus the contrast with Gwen’s approval of spidey). The remainder of the cast, interactions between the lot, and overall story; play very much like a comic but feels very grounded. But again, the best thing here, verbally, is the dialogue, notably between the couple. I remember sitting there and feeling the pain Peter was feeling from his guilt and  the joy, from what he was doing.

UnknownI will have to give credit to Jamie Foxx on having me believe that he could be an average dude who just wanted to be noticed. I remember how the design for this character came to be from an interview he did on one of them “late night talk shows. He said what would I look like if I didn’t make it… and was something like a nerd. (Don’t quote me tho) alas here we are with his portrayal of Max Dillion aka Electro. Everyone is mad he’s black. But I ask does it matter what he is. He was a skrull in New Avengers and no one bats an eye. So let it be. His race played no part in his character. Its not like he is Black Panther where it has a higher symbolism for that character to be black. Anyways, Mr Foxx really impressed me with what he was able to achieve. He’s really one of those underrated actors who doesn’t get proper credit (I feel so anyway). Maybe because he’s multi talented… or maybe cause of the movie Booty Call. But, here he plays a villain which isn’t so much something we have seen him play before, if memory serves correctly. Then you have DeHaan who again makes me anfan of his work. (Lawless and Chronicle) he really convinced me of his character. A bit of a bratty, very intelligent heir to a fortune; who later becomes a villian. He ties into the history of Peter nicely. Written to seem very seamless since he is a new actor/Character to the mix. The time square scene with Foxx and the board meeting scene for DeHaan are the stand out scenes for me acting wise, from those two. Andrew and Emma just steal it in every aspect when on camera together. Andrew just portrays spidey as he is meant to be.

Director, Marc Webb really out did himself in this movie. His stylistic choices only served to enhance the movie and lore of Spider-Man. I’m totally ok with chnaging aspects of what exists as long as they make sense to the character and theme of either the story and or the premise of said character. Don’t just make people switch up for the sake of it (I’m looking at you Chris Nolan). From the mechanics behind web swinging and way Foxx looks, talks, acts, etc. Overall look of the film is dope as hell. I really love the Time Square scene and the underlining importance of time.

The best thing about the Avengers was that they were able to essentially blend 5 movie star franchises into one world. Even though, most of those worlds felt very much independent from each other. What Spider-Man does is create a world all its own for itself, within. The dynamic of his parents being basically responsible for everything he is dealing with as Spidey. All while being roughly true to the comics (Ultimate Universe).

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My two flaws are the end sequence. From when he finishes off Electro (come on that’s not a spoiler) to the credits. When the inevitable happens I would have chosen to opt out of using a musical score. And the time lapse just seems odd. But still effective how it’s done. And Rhino’s voice. Not one word was understood by him… whatever happened to focus groups?! Atleast Nolan tried to fix that for that garbage I was talking about earlier.

Bottom line. This is arguably the best adaptation of any hero. It was as close as one can get to the comics and the greatness that was the 90’s animated show. Its very much reflected from Dan Slotts spidey as well as Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man. Which makes the most sense in terms of relevance (and of course the comic its based off of written by Gerry Conway) . This movie is a love letter to Spider-Man and it shows. Movies are an art form as is comics and this is a great cohesion of the two.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10 (Score could have been better),
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Amazon has a bust statue case of it ready to pre order.. I did that weeks ago.

for your consideration, please see Spider-Man: Blue

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Lawless Movie Review

There have been COUNTLESS movies about the prohibition era of mankind. This may be the best one.

Cast

Shia LaBeouf
Tom Hardy
Jason Clarke
Guy Pearce
Charlie Rakes
Jessica Chastain
Mia Wasikowska
Dane DeHaan
Chris McGarry
Danny
Tim Tolin
Mason Wardell
Gary Oldman

Director: John Hillcoat

Plot:
“The three Bondurant brothers run a bootlegging operation during the depression, up in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia. Crooked Special Deputy Charles Rakes is after a share of the brothers’ profits. Compounding their troubles, the local competition is elbowing in on their activities. Forrest’s boisterous defiance and Cricket’s knack for moonshine production help the brothers gain a local monopoly. When Forrest is wounded as tension with Rakes escalates, Jack, initially the timid one, must prove his worth against gangster Floyd Banner’s mob, and we see him metamorphose into a cocky exhibitionist in his attempts to woo the off-limits preacher’s daughter, Bertha.”- imdb.com

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Shia Friggen Labeouf. This dude has MASSIVE talents. Transformers aside (for those of you who hate those movies, I don’t), he’s been great in every other thing he’s acted in & I mean from Even Stevens right up to this movie. I don’t know what inspiration he took to portray his character, but he does a good job, the director too. Mr. Oldman wasn’t in it for much of the movie, he had more of a cameo role. Lastly, if you read my tdkr review, you’ll know that I hated Bane for more than one reason. Tom Hardy I believe to be a decent actor, but now, He may be a great actor. The size he had for Bane, he may have kept on for this role and it’s good that he did. He barely speaks but when he does, it’s so damn effective. You end up loving his character by the end of the film. For the sake of not spoiling anything, I’ll end there.

The movie is about bootlegging (alcohol, for those who didn’t know, was banned in the late 20’s- early 30’s, so many started making their own anyway possible), but not only that, it’s about family/brotherhood. There are not physical parents to note, but Tom Hardy is easily the father head, but still very much the older brother (Though, he could have also been the middle child). It had a great blend of subtle humor, action, family dynamic, and character development. I honestly just love this movie.

There’s both soundtrack and original score for this film, and when the vocal songs are used, it’s like using the music to really say what the character on screen is feeling and saying. As much as that seems the norm, it’s really not.

There’s a lot of blood in this movie, but not to an excessive amount. That’s really the only effect used. There’s one scene though, that may make you feel a way.

Honestly, this is just a flawless movie. It’s not perfect in any means, but for what the story is, it’s incredible. I didn’t think these actors would 1) ever do a film together, or 2) be so well fit to act together. You believe every scene that the 3 brothers have together. Oscar season is now, and this movie deserves a consideration in one of the top awards, none of that best editing garbage.

For a second opinion see @Mr_STiXX‘s review on the film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4 out of 5,
  • Editing: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
  • Acting: 5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. Depending on the features, blu-ray for sure.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW