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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Continuing the highly successful reboot of the iconic superhero franchise – the sequel of 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man saw Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) childhood after being orphaned by his parents and was left to the care of his aunt and uncle. He also ended her relationship with Gwen (Emma Stone) to keep her safe.
Here we see Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) becoming the CEO of Oscorp after his father Norman (Chris Cooper) died. We also have Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) whom Peter saved once and became obsessed with our superhero. Somehow, it stopped there. It’s too boxed for a sequel going around Peter and Gwen’s relationship to the impending attack of Max and Harry. The plot wasn’t much and it was too damn long if I’m being honest (it’s over two hours.)

The one thing that I liked about it is the way they humanized Peter Parker (almost the same way Clak Kent felt vulnerably close to the audience in Man Of Steel). I’ve to admit though that I’m not really digging Andrew Garfield as spidey (or perhaps I’m just unfairly comparing him with Tobey Maguire) but he’s okay I guess. He’s got this charming thing about him. Emma Stone of the other hand was LOVE. (I’m truly biased LOL) I just loved this girl. But hey, adoration aside – Gwen’s character isn’t much that it’s almost comical to think about her but you see, she’s very easy in the eye (Emma that is).

Did anyone thought how creepy DeHaan was as Harry? I think the word’s sinister but not than much. I don’t know what to make of him. I almost wished that James Franco’s brother took over the role. But being in between creepy and sinister could be a good thing right? Foxx’s character though, was simply out of place. It’s just lacking any back story and was just a poor excuse to abuse it’s CGI potentials.

In the scope of things, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was an improvement from its predecessor. It was something a non-Spider-man fan would “perhaps” appreciate although I’m not really sure if they’d be patient enough to sit through it till the end.

Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Campbell Scott, Sally Field
Rating: 6.5/10

similar review posted at the 2014 Pinoy Exchange Movie Challenge.

Review: 500 Days Of Summer (2009)

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This film is about relationships, commitments, coincidences and making the right decisions. In 500 days that Tom have known Summer, He thought that he’s finally found the one but he was wrong. Summer is not into commitments, she don’t want to put label on it. She just want to enjoy herself while young and pretty and all that. So the moment that our dear Tom assumed something, Summer disappeared from his life and surprise, surprise! – she married another guy. Realizing that Tom is right all along that some things are just really not meant to be.

“You never wanted to be anybody’s girlfriend and now you’re somebody’s wife” – Tom Hansen

I’ll give this film a 7 out of 10 rating for its unusual boy meets girl theme with a bitchy twist. Its soundtrack is awesome and the story is very much relatable specially if you’re cynical type. The sequencing of the film could get a bit confusing, but having a very simple yet complicated plot – you’d be able to enjoy it but surely, you’re not gonna watch it for the third time. A couple of views are enough. My favorite scenes would have to be Tom seeking love advices from his little sister. Since Summer’s attitude became unbearable, it’s a good thing that we’re able to breath every now and then…

Director: Marc Webb

Starring: Chloe Moretz, Clark Gregg, Geoffrey Arend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Gray, Minka Kelly, Patricia Belcher, Richard McGonagle, Zooey Deschanel

Rating: 7/10