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The Amazing SpiderMan (2012)


Of all the superheroes to grace the silver screen in the recent years there are two that have always stood out as my favorites, those being The Hulk and SpiderMan. So I was super excited to see this new take on SpiderMan.

So just to clarify a couple of things. Firstly, The original SpiderMan films directed by Sam Raimi are among some of my all time favorite films, well the first two are, the third rests the dark recess of my mind where happiness goes to die.
Secondly, Marvel has done an outstanding job with all of its new franchises, so it’s sad to see that Spidy is still owned by Sony pictures. Could they keep up with the heart that Marvel has been putting in its films and do the web slinger justice with this reboot?

Yes, this is a reboot, once again going back to the origins of Peter Parker’s story, but this time following the ‘amazing Spider-Man’ comic run which largely focuses on the hero’s life during highschool. So there will be a couple of changes from what you may expect the story to be, and in a lot of ways they have made a great effort to be true to the original story.

Andrew Garfield does a great job in his portrayal of a young, awkward Peter Parker. One of the key aspects of SpiderMan’s character that were missing in the original trilogy was his witty, dorky humor and one-liners, and Garfield shines in his ability to balance this humor with a dash of teen angst. Not to mention a rather touching moment where Spidy saves a child form a burning car which truly sums up the entirety of SpiderMan and what he stands for. There is good chemistry between Peter and Gwen Stacey, who is a much smarter; stronger version of Mary Jane.
The baddie in this film is ‘The Lizard,’ and is one of those wonderful comic book baddies who is something of an innocent victim of extenuating circumstances. Needless to say the special effects budget goes a long way to make The Lizard look impressive.

If there are any negatives to this flick it would be found in the somewhat predictable plot with a few small holes and also the lack of polish that one would expect from a Marvel production. Keep in mind I critic this within its context as a Comic movie, so I feel little need to poke holes on the genre as I’m sure you already know what to expect when you pick up the film.

Just as a last note, I did get to see this film in 3D at the cinema, and it’s fairly well done, nothing distracting and a few moments of pretties.

So should you watch this movie? If you enjoy comic movies then yes, it’s as solid as any of the films in the genre, but even if not SpiderMan is a very enjoyable film filled with memorable characters, laughs and awkwardness in that kinda sweet geeky teenage kinda way.


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Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2


So unless you have been living under a rock, where vampires are still considered the spawn of hell, you are aware of the basic premise of the Twilight saga. So I wont waste to much time beating the sparkly undead horse.
Now before I get into this review I should state for the record that I am not a die-hard twilight fan, but I have read the books (albeit years ago now) and have been watching the films as they have made their way to the silver screen.

Breaking Dawn Prt 2 is the concluding film in the Twilight saga, depicting the back end of the book by the same title. As a quick catchup: There are vampires which glow in the Sun, the main character is Bell who fell in love with one such vampire in a obsessive Shakespearean way, after going through all the extreme highs and lows that any teenage relationship experiences, they get married and quickly fall pregnant, which leads to Bell dying in childbirth and just to remind us that this is indeed actually twilight and not some version of Home and Away with a budget, Her life is saved by becoming herself a bejazzled blood sucker. Cue New film. Part 2 follows Bell’s time as a young vampire the joys of raising a half-human, half Vampire child (Grandparents are awkward in such matters, just FYI). Upon learning about this vampire child, the Italian vampire kings get upset and set out to destroy Bell’s family and that essentially sums up the plot of this film.

Following the success of the Harry Potter films, Twilight considered itself of equal footing and decided to follow suit and split the last novel in the Twilight Saga into two films. Now when i heard this about Deathly Hallows i was excited, that book is huge and warranted a two-parter to do it justice…Breaking Dawn, not so much. There’s simply not enough Plot in the book to fill two films, and after taking all the interesting stuff and when making Part 1, Part 2 is left with the crumbs leading up to the conclusion. And this obviously shows in the film, its drags, and I sat there wondering why it took so long to tell such little story. Even the actors look a little lost on screen not sure they are suppose to be doing with all this free time. To be completely honest, id would have much preferred to sit through a longer film that told the whole story in a more concise and rounded way than having to sit through these two unbalanced films.

To be fair is not all bad, there are some nice moments, though nothing that shines out that is worth mentioning. The Special effects look good, and I’m still debating weather this was intentional or not, but there is a lot of odd looking 3D work used on Renesmee (the hum-pire…vamp-child….hmm ill have to work on that), which made her look less than human. if this was on purpose then kudos to the SFX team, and if not then I guess they got lucky.

So should you go see this film? Well if you haven’t seen it already (or have your pre-ordered ticket in hand), and your still reading this then I’m sure its safe to assume you’re not a Twilight fan and unless, for some reason, your keen to learn how the story ended, then just keep walking (like I’m sure you already have). It wouldn’t even be great for a social night out, its not got enough energy for that. Walking out of the cinema my wife (who is something of a twilight-movie-only fan) and I shrugged our shoulder mainly happy that we wont have to deal with Twilight again. For those of you who are Twilight Geeks, then I’m sure you’ve seen it three time already and have curled up somewhere in a pit of despair akin to the loss you felt when you finished the books, you have my condolences.