For the latter part of last year, I was watching a lot of movies. So I decided to come up with my own review of a few of them. Well, not really a few, I watched almost a bucketload of movies last year and am still watching some of it this year, since their releases here do not coincide with the releases in the US. So for those who aren’t big on spoilers, I think it’s time to look away.
In no particular order except alphabetical, which I felt is the better choice because there will always be those that like/dislike the movies, anyway.
Amazing Spiderman 2
The rebooted franchise continues with Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Spidey, one of my favourite comic book character outside of the X-Men franchise. Garfield has done himself good, as a rather pitiful Peter Parker, struggling with his post-graduation life which includes being a part-time cameraman and a part-time superhero. They even have a montage of him saving people even when he’s sick. Which is what he does in the comic books besides fighting some of the other well-known nemeses.
And boy, does he have a lot of them. As seen in this movie alone, he goes head to head with The Rhino (briefly), Electro and the rebooted Green Goblin. But for those with sharp eyes, you would have spotted The Chameleon (Dr Kafka at Ravencroft), Black Cat (Felicia Hardy, Oscorp employee) and the exoskeleton with four arms (Dr Octopus) plus the metal wings (The Vulture) which were seen on display at Oscorp.
The writers even had a different backstory for what happened to Peter’s parents. Which was a significant departure from the comic books. The on-and-off relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) played a part in Peter’s development, she probably saved him more than he saved her.
Nevertheless, being a blockbuster, you do get a feeling that a lot of money was thrown into the movie just to make it a little more ‘splashy’ and ‘flashy’. Especially with Electro’s electrical power. But in truth, you didn’t expect to go watch the Amazing Spiderman, only to get a 2-hour plus dialogue-filled movie, now do you? No way! We want to see explosions, we want to see Spidey swinging left, right and center.
By the way, Gwen Stacy dies in the movie, just like she did in the comic books. And as a nerd, I can even tell you that it happened at exactly 121 minutes into the movie and if you noticed the spinning hands on the clocktower, it stopped at exactly 21 minutes after one. Why is it so significant you ask? Gwen Stacy dies in The Amazing Spider-Man comic book #121.
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