Top 250: #52 The Dark Knight Rises.

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The final installment in Christopher Nolan’s highly praised The Dark Knight trilogy comes in at #52 on the IMDB Top 250, below the Dark Knight, and far above Batman begins. I started with this primarily because I already had access to it, but also it’s such a good trilogy that splitting it up as opposed to reviewing it in succession has it’s merits. In my eyes, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is an excellent example of how to progress a film through it’s sequels, and how to have a on-going story arch. While each entry has it’s fundamental villain and plot, overall the trilogy can be broke up into stages. Batman Begins (2005) establishes the character like you’d expect. The Dark Knight (2008) acts as the complication. While the threat of the Joker was never truly huge, the death of Rachel would haunt Bruce Wayne and leave him a weakened man. Then we arrive at Dark Knight which is the call to action in which Bruce Wayne must face his inner demons.

Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) barely leaves his mansion and is mostly known as a hermit. The loss of Rachel means Bruce Wayne was emotionally damaged, while the peacetime Harvey Dent and his death provided left the city no longer needing Batman. Alfred (Michael Caine) grows concerned as Bruce Wayne takes to the streets once again to protect Gotham from a powerful vigilante known as Bane (Tom Hardy). A stock-market attack leaves the coffers of Wayne Industries barren, leaving it susceptible to corporate takeover which would have grave repercussions. Batman attempts to face his foe Bane, to find him he calls upon Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). Selina betrays him, leaving to fend for himself against Bane who easily dispatches him in combat. With his spirit and body broken, can the dark knight rise again? 

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DC and it’s characters function in a very certain way. DC’s flagship characters Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and so forth are traditionally quite dull in a very typical do-gooder sense. The main appeal is primarily the villain, and I think that’s why the Dark Knight Trilogy works so well. If you’ll notice the Dark Knight, and Rises are praised much more than Batman Begins. I think this due to the presence of potent villains who are bursting with character opposed to begins which is mainly focused on establishing Batman. The contrast is interesting when compared to Marvel and it’s films, characters that feel human and jump to life from the page, but their villains are hackneyed, cliche’ and hard to differentiate. 

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Seem familiar?

So let’s talk about Bane. Why Bane? Well, Bane carries a certain legacy about his character ever since the Knightfall arc in the Batman comics as he broke Batman’s back and is one of the only villains to ever be regarded as his physical superior. Fans were generally skeptical about Nolan’s huge redesigning of the character from his luchador, venom-addicted ways. Simply put, I think Nolan was trying to move away from the gimmicky nonsense of the comic books. This brutal, unflinching, highly trained and well organized disfigured man suits the ideology of Batman perfectly. The original costume, the whole venom power-origin story would have just gotten in the way. Bane was fantastic and highly entertaining, and this is obvious among fans because of the sour reaction of his demise, and I’m glad Tom Hardy left a very definitive mark on the franchise.

While I wouldn’t say the story’s inner workings are quite as well-strung as it’s predecessor, Rises is definitely the most emotive entry in the franchise. Alfred is mainly an afterthought in Batman, but Michael Caine brought so much emotion into his conflicts with Wayne in Rises.  It set the film rolling as we saw Bruce tumble in a downwards spiral into Bane’s trap until he finally found the confidence to best himself, and regain the vigor he once had. Also there was some nice, well-embedded symbolism with the concept of ‘rising’. 

The film is incredible as both a trilogy installment, and a stand-alone piece of cinema. I do think Rises deserves it’s place in the IMDB Top 250, however it’s to justify all three of them as essentially three of the best films ever made according to IMDB’s standards. Perhaps that’s going a bit far. However, Nolan is a talented auteur and i’m not really surprised to see this be the case, along with many of his other films. 

Judgment – Deserved

Until next time folks, before I rise again from a mysterious pit in the middle east, I’ll just leave this here.

Man Of Steel (2013), More Man than Super.

ManOfSteel.Man of Steel is incredibly important as a film. Why? Well simply because it’s results and the way it’s received will affect the way the superhero genre develops in the years to come. DC has a lot of marbles riding on the Man Of Steel because of it’s cinematic competition with Marvel. Marvel have been dominating the box office with The Avengers, and Iron Man 3, and films that boast an impressive gross in their adaptation of comic books characters, but offer little substance. Meanwhile, DC has had intense critical success with Christopher Nolan’s the Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins (2005) , The Dark Knight (2008),  The Dark Knight Rises(2012)). However, other than that it’s not been fairing so well. Green Lantern (2011) was a financial and critical failure, and the last Superman film to be made Superman Returns (2006) while receiving mostly positive reviews was scrapped by DC management due to it’s lack of marketability and underwhelming box office returns. So that brings us to Man Of Steel (2013) directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) written by David Goyer, and produced by Christopher Nolan.

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An interesting fact is Zod’s suit was completely CGI, due to the weight issues.

Unlike Superman Returns (2005), we start at the beginning once again. Krypton is on the brink of destruction due to civil war and a conflict between the political council and it’s military forces led by General Zod (Michael Shannon). Krypton is a society that operates via a caste system, enforcing artificial birth that warps genes to create a suitable being for his chosen life task. The information is stored in a codex that Jor-El (Russell Crowe) steals and sends along with his naturally born son Kal-El to Earth, to carry on his legacy and the legacy of Krypton. Zod slaughters Jor-El, as punishment he and his band of men are exiled to the phantom zone, while Krypton explodes.

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Kryptonian wiseman, and father of Superman, Jor-El

We follow Kal-El as he’s now a citizen of Earth known as Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). We see him shift from job to job, a faceless wanderer as he keeps his head low. Occasionally we’ll cut to him as a child learning to deal with his heritage and powers under the watchful gaze of his adoptive parents Jonathan and Martha Kent (Diane Lane and Kevin Costner). Clark goes towards a cave known as the genesis chamber, a relic of Krypton’s past as journalist Lois Lane (Amy Adams). She follows him, injuring herself in the process as a kryptonian piece of technology attack hers. Clark saves her and vanishes as she attempts to find her unknown savior. Soon General Zod comes to earth, seeking to destroy Kal-El in a wicked plan to terraform earth and transform it into the new Krypton. Zod and his forces attempt to destroy Superman, as the realization comes true that Kal-El’s DNA is the codex of all kryptonian life.

With Nolan’s name attached to the film there’s been a lot of hype and speculation over it being ‘darker’. In my opinion I didn’t see Man of Steel as ‘dark’ or ‘gritty’. It was certainly less sensationalist, and camp but that’s certainly to be expected in a contemporary adaptation that wasn’t paying homage to the older depictions of Superman. For me what made the film was the emphasis on Clark Kent the man. It didn’t try and make a big spectacle out of Kal-El’s powers and the slow bleed and development of Clark’s identity was fantastic. The aesthetics and cinematography of the world around Clark, were truly beautiful and it definitely added a visual depth to this new found emotional side of Superman. However, the film soon recedes as the layers peel off. We get less and less of Clark’s identity, his real character, as the film advances into a series of fairly expected set pieces of action-packed drivel. I’m not saying I hated the action sequences but there were nothing special. However it’s possible I’m being biased because I had a bad reaction. The past faced constant motion of the combat made me relatively dizzy and gave me a headache due to the constant jiggling of the camera.

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It’s performances were pretty flawless, I have to admit. Cavill played it well, capturing the emotional side of Superman, the beardless repressed wanderer. Although he also depicted the moral do-gooder, the last son of Krypton to a tee. Russell Crowe as Jor-El was something I was immediately skeptical about, but he proved to be quite good. Costner also added some reality, some emotion to Clark’s childhood. Setting up this interested duality of his two fathers, Jor-El who wants his son to be a shining god upon man, and Jonathan Kent who would prefer his son to live his life quietly. Michael Shannon did his best as Zod, however it fell fairly flat purely because the character just isn’t that dynamic really. On that note, what a punishment, they get sent away from the planet about the explode, so they can survive. What a cruel and unusual sentence. The special effects were well-done, and fundamentally basic. There weren’t overly focused on either. Generally the majority of the special effects budget is used in the opening scenes on Krypton, which were particularly well done. Especially the design of the Kyptonian technology, and the look and feel of the costuming. A minor detail I quite liked was the origin of the ‘S’ which it alludes to as the shield of Krypton, and a culture symbol as opposed to a simple initial.

On the film and it’s general reception, I think people are instantly dismissing it purely because of it’s legacy of badly translated adaptations. It definitely seems there’s some intense bias for a film I actually thought was quite good, for it to receive universally mixed reviews. I thought it was wholly better than anything Marvel’s churned out in recent years. The whole thing felt very authentic. Admittedly it did lose steam and didn’t continue it’s refreshing emotional parts throughout the entire film. The inherent problem was the ‘Man’ in Superman, the part we haven’t seen before was so much more interesting than the ‘Super’, the spectacle we’re supposed to pay to see. However Man of Steel is mostly make, as opposed to break.

What’s next for DC? Well there’s been some floundering in direction ever since the incredible ‘success’ of the Avengers (Mostly financial as opposed to critical). Obviously the Justice league was always going to be their call to match it. More obvious would be them turning to Nolan wanting him to lead the whole DC cinematic universe said to compete with Marvels. While Nolan’s involvement may still be used he’s mostly signed off on any ideas of ‘his’ Batman from the Dark Knight trilogy making any kind of appearance in Justice League or other DC films. Bale was mostly positive for the idea if Nolan was attached to the project but that probably won’t happen. It’s also unsure if the Superman appearing in Man of Steel would be the one appearing in Justice League. It’s mixed reviews mean an uncertain future for the fate of the Justice League film, but it seems Goyer and Snyder will be attached to the project. I liked Man of Steel, and would guess it’ll probably remain one of the better blockbusters of this year. Thank for stopping by, and follow me @Sams_Reel_Views

Shazam/Superman: The Return of Black Adam! (And other DC Shorts) (2010) BLOGAGANZA – Part 1.

Couldn't find a poster as it's a straight to DVD release, so here's the Title card from short 1.

Couldn’t find a poster as it’s a straight to DVD release, so here’s the title card from short 1.

Just a brief foreword  I’m going to be doing basically nothing today, and this weekend, so I’mma test my limits and see how many posts I can do in 3 days, hence the ‘Blogaganza’, so here is Post number 1!

Hi there, sorry for the massively long winded title! On this post i’ll be covering DC’s release of 3 of their Showcase Shorts in their entirety, along with a brand new short featuring Captain Marvel and Superman especially for the DVD release. It sounds like relatively small beans but the shorts themselves are actually very entertaining, and they highlight why DC has such a grip on the animation market as opposed to the marvel animated features simply because they know what people want. There are 4 shorts, Shazam/Superman, The Spectre, Green Arrow, and Jonah Hex. The purpose of the features was mainly as DVD release features to try and introduce some of their more minor characters to audience in order to establish them as characters. Due to the general popularity of the shorts they decided to release them on DVD, with an additional longer short to flesh out the run time to just over an hour. 

Gotta love dem lightning powers.

Gotta love dem lightning powers.

Short 1: The Return of Black Adam is essentially Captain Marvel’s origin story. Billy Batson is an orphan living on his own, who explains to Clark Kent in one of the earlier scenes in the cafe, ‘I was told be good, and good will follow…but I’m starting to think being good, isn’t good for me’. Shortly after, Black Adam appears claiming he wants to destroy Billy Batson in order to prevent him becoming his archnemesis Captain Marvel, however he is unsuccessful as Billy meets the wizard and inherits his power. I like this short, it’s an origin story and it shows Black Adam kicking several shades of pain into Superman (A character I very much loathe, and you’ll soon come to learn). Also Black Adam is one of my favorite characters in DC’s Injustice: Gods Among Us (Lightning bolts for everyone!). We also saw a live-action version of this be adapted actually, New Line Cinema bought the rights with Jason Segel of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and How I Met Your Mother fame, with Black Adam being portrayed by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, but unfortunately (Fortunately?) it was abandoned. Anyway, back on track, The Return of Black Adam is a fun little short with plenty of action, fresh animation and some insight into the little known Captain Marvel. B!

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Short 2: The Spectre!

The Spectre is a ghost, but seemingly he has two forms, one of a hardboiled detective, and the other the vengeful apparition known as The Spectre

The Spectre is a ghost, but seemingly he has two forms, one of a hardboiled detective, and the other the vengeful apparition known as The Spectre

This is actually my first encounter with the character as I watched this, and it was actually very interesting. The Spectre is a dead man who seemingly haunts the earth as he solves crimes. However, he is seemingly very brutal as he tortures and interrogates his subjects using his supernatural powers to make their worst dreams come true. A special effects man has his props come to life and haunt him Michael Jackson: Thriller style, as another suspect has his car impacted into the dirt. While the guilty Aimee Brenner (Alyssa Milano) is sliced to death by a whirlwind of the money she murdered for, as the Spectre lingers into the distance. The Spectre is voiced by Gary Cole (OH MY GOD IT’S HARVEY BIRDMAN) who has a fantastic voice for serious voice acting. It’s definitely a step away from DC’s bland and generic do-gooder characters, which is definitely a step in the right direction. I actually think this would make a fantastic live action movie, with really harsh noir tones, with the supernatural elements made a bit more serious I think it’d be quite a masterpiece with a decent director on board. Good short, short and sweet.  A-!

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The Spectre in his true form.

Short 3: Green Arrow!

DC Hero, Green Arrow. (No, not Lantern)

DC Hero, Green Arrow. (No, not Lantern)

It’s odd that they gave Green Arrow one of these, considering he was always mildly pushed as a kind of sub-flagship character. Oh the humble days of the Justice League cartoon. This is especially the case now with his presence in TV show Smallville, and now spin-off show Arrow. This short was quite generic, a princess is being taken through the airport, as hired assassin and evil archer Merlyn (I don’t know why he’s an archer?) attempts to assassinate her in order to put his employer, the princess’s uncle as the rightful ruler. The highlight is pretty much Malcolm McDowell of Clockwork Orange fame voice acting as Merlyn, other than that this is rather dull. Also Green Arrow proposes to Black Canary, which basically alienates the audience to why this is happening, or who she is? I only vaguely know the situation because I watched too many cartoons 6 years ago. Dull, and generic. C-

Gotta love those old reverse villains.

Gotta love those old reverse villains.

Short 4: Jonah Hex

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The only one of these characters to actually have a feature film, although made after the short was obviously. I’ve not seen the feature film but i’ve only had bad/mediocre things, however the short is very good. The western style is portrayed incredibly well, and I love a well-written anti-hero. It entails a foul temptress who lures men in, thinking she’s just a typical prostitute as she fills them full of led via a revolver, and has her two henchmen dump the body after looting them. Jonah walks through town, looking for Red, a criminal just killed by the whore’s plan as he takes her two henchmen down, and demands her take him to Red. He takes the body for the bounty, and leaves her to fester in the graveyard she’s created remarking ‘You know the whole gang’. B+

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I liked DC Showcase shorts, well paced, with decent animation and fairly entertaining plots with characters we don’t often see under the spotlight hoggers Batman, and Superman. For anyone intrigued, it’s worth a poultry hour of your time. I will be back in a few hours with another one with Blogaganza part 2! Probably! Until then please Like/Comment/Follow, if you feel so inclined and follow me @Sams_Reel_Views on the Twittorz. 

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Reblogged, because it ate my post seemingly. Right, Take 2; 

Film Through Time.

So, before I dive right in, just going to say I will be analyzing everything about the film, thus the plot-points some consider twists too, so if you don’t want to know, find a more generalized review, or just wait til you’ve seen it. With that noted, Iron Man 3 as you all know is an American Action/Science-fiction Superhero hybrid from Marvel Studios directed by Shane Black (surprisingly not Jon Favreau). Starring Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Gwenyth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Ben Kingsley. So my expectations; I had only heard good things, and was told it broke the mold from the trilogy, and from Marvel Films, that’s probably a true statement the script is definitely not what I expected, however I’m probably in the minority that the things I didn’t expect didn’t exactly make it good, or fresh, just kind of wronged as to what I did expect.

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

There's a particular reason I chose this poster, as opposed to the others.

There’s a particular reason I chose this poster, as opposed to the others.

So, before I dive right in, just going to say I will be analyzing everything about the film, thus the plot-points some consider twists too, so if you don’t want to know, find a more generalized review, or just wait til you’ve seen it. With that noted, Iron Man 3 as you all know is an American Action/Science-fiction Superhero hybrid from Marvel Studios directed by Shane Black (surprisingly not Jon Favreau). Starring Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Gwenyth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Ben Kingsley. So my expectations; I had only heard good things, and was told it broke the mold from the trilogy, and from Marvel Films, that’s probably a true statement the script is definitely not what I expected, however I’m probably in the minority that the things I didn’t expect didn’t exactly make it good, or fresh, just kind of wronged as to what I did expect.

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Don Cheadle’s character revamp, as ‘The Iron Patriot’

Right, so the narrative starts with a narration from Tony Stark, and a flashback to ‘how the story began’ with a press conference in Sweden, in 1999. It introduce Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) as a biological scientist who invents something called ‘Extremis’ which at the time she believes can be used to regenerate cell tissue, repair false limbs, and such, however there’s a glitch in which things explode as we see with her experimental plant. During the conference Aldridge Cillian (Guy Pearce) approaches Tony Stark, and asks him to work for A.I.M (Advanced Idea Mechanics), as Tony snubbs the meeting and doesn’t show up.Cillian goes to Stark Industries to talk to Pepper, as he now attempts to sell Extremis to her, in a ploy for funding as she refuses. Meanwhile, a terrorist known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is launching many attacks, one of which is on Stark headquarters, in which it is sieged by missiles, Pepper is captured by men affected by Extremis (they have enhanced strength, speed, the ability to burn, and a tendency to spontaneously combust), as Stark’s armor malfunctions and flies him to Tennessee on auto-pilot due to Jarvis’s confusion of a conversation they had earlier.

Tony Stark and Iron Man MK 42.

Tony Stark and Iron Man MK 42.

Thus, Stark must repair his armor, hunt down mandarin, etc, while Rhodey (Don Cheadle) as Iron Patriot (Formly War Machine) is sent by the U.S military to hunt down The Mandarin. It turns out The Mandarin is just an actor, and a figure head and the real villain is Cillian, spurned by Stark, determined to kill him and all those near to him. They fight, Stark summons lots of Robots (Ala Mickey Rourke in Iron Man 2), and he wins with some assistance from the now Super-powered Pepper as he agrees to never be Iron Man again. (Which is shortlived as a line of text tells us). So before I continue, here’s a gallery of excerpts I took from Invincible Iron Man V4 1-6 which is the original story arc the film is loosely based on in case you were interested.

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Right, so Iron Man did somethings incredibly well, and some badly in my opinion. Let’s as customary start with the good. Everyone in the film gave a great performance, from the title character himself as we expect, especially showing more signs of weakness with his whole anxiety issue. Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley were good too. The film is visually stunning, with it being at least as visually interesting as the other two in the franchise, possibly more so. However, the use of explosions was possibly a bit too much, it felt like a Michael Bay film, so many explosions. Other than that, the script was interesting, and fairly unique, with a lot of humor, writing in the child character for Stark’s childish, immature character to blend with was also an incredible touch. The Iron Patriot rebranding of War Machine, and in general Don Cheadle’s portrayal of the character was also pretty good, contrasting with the terrorism and middle-eastern motif that the Mandarin gave across. 

The ten rings of Mandarin, the source of his power in Iron Man comics. Also worth noting, Kingsley's character also wore these in his pirate transmissions.

The ten rings of Mandarin, the source of his power in Iron Man comics. Also worth noting, Kingsley’s character also wore these in his pirate transmissions.

Right, now we’ll get to the crux of Iron Man 3, and why I didn’t love it (Quite honestly, I preferred Iron Man 2). The Mandarin is built up as this fearful presence, and Kingsley was fantastic in his broadcasts, in his messages threatening to presence and it really felt above any Marvel villain we had seen, realistic, brutal, removed from the cheesy cliches’ and motives. However, as soon as Stark confronts The Mandarin we discover he’s actually an actor from Croydon named Trevor, who is just paid to be The Mandarin on camera. A lot of the opinions I’ve heard and read of, basically praise the twist saying it was amusing, and interesting and Kingsley played both sides of the character well. He did, but what I don’t like is the massive waste of potential by doing this. I don’t know about the majority of audiences, but I wanted to see Kingsley as the Mandarin, a brutal political figured powered by the 10 mystical rings, this big ideological clash of mysticism, versus science. But instead Guy Pearce turns out to be the title villain. All we’ve really ever seen is Stark fight other guys like him, other scientists, other iron-men, Jeff Bridges, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Guy Pearce they’re basically all the same villain, with the same motivation of hating, or besting Stark so they just stuck to the formula, and given the marketing campaign which clearly showed off Kingsley as the Mandarin I’ve got to say I feel they jumped the shark on this one. Especially with Pearce claiming that he’s the Mandarin? which really doesn’t make sense given the lore, meaning, and rite of that.

Pepper Pots (Gwenyth Paltrow, Left) Aldrich Cillian (Guy Pearce, Right)

Pepper Pots (Gwenyth Paltrow, Left) Aldrich Cillian (Guy Pearce, Right)

The visual spectacle, performances, and humor were certainly in abundance in Iron Man 3, and the ‘House Party’ initiative at the end certainly was a joy to see. However Guy Pearce as the real baddy, as the ‘real Mandarin’ didn’t work in my opinion. Regardless you should all go see it, and it’s probably the best film in the series, even though I feel inclined to say I preferred number 2. Follow me on Twitter @Sams_Reel_Views, and Follow/Like/Comment if you like what you’ve read. Until next time! Adios!

– Sam. 

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) is an official reboot of the original trilogy, directed by Mark Webb. The film tries to portray a Peter Parker more accurate to the comic books, via it’s title mirroring the name of the original Spider-Man publication, but also in it’s chronology of Spider-man narrative and characters. Being an avid comic-book fan myself, I did avoid this for a bit, as generally I don’t massively enjoy marvel films. In my mind they just never really portray the characters as I imagined them, similar to people who watch books based on fiction, and then aren’t satisfied now that is doesn’t seem nearly as grand on the screen.

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Early tests of Conner’s serum.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield)  is a troubled teen, who is mysteriously left by his father, to be looked after by his Aunt May (Sally Fields), and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) as Peter sneaks into Oscorp, and decides to snoop around inspired by his father’s work he left behind that Oscorp is using. As a result he is bitten by a genetically altered spider (Not radioactive), as it turns him into the prodigal hero Spider-Man as he comes to grip with his powers. Uncle Ben dies as a result of his brash actions, as a criminal shoots him that peter could have stopped. He learns his lesson, and goes out on a hunt for a criminal, but doesn’t find him through the course of the film. His father’s work partner Dr.Curt Conners with Peter’s help uses a serum to try and regenerate his amputated arm using Lizard’s genes, which does work, but ultimately turns him into a giant rampaging lizard which plans to turn the population of New York into lizards. Mean while Peter is very interested in Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) as they harbor feelings for each other, while her father Captain Stacy (Another comic book continuity) helps Spider-Man stop Lizard’s plot before dying. Captain Stacy makes Spider-Man promise to leave his daughter alone as he dies, which he agrees too.

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So the biggest glaring difference is how Peter’s portrayed. Peter isn’t glaringly a nerd, or unpopular in the film, more just quirky and socially awkward. Andrew Garfield really brings the intended humour to the character that we see in the pages, as opposed to the rather heroic, stale, and bland portrayal that Tobey McGuire gave us. The CGI, and action sequences are fine, and we see a much bigger focus on story in The Amazing Spider-Man that makes it feel a lot more cohesive. Being a fan of the comics myself, I found the story much more enjoyable and you can clearly see plot building up for the sequel which is the way it should be. With Osborn heavily established as this dying business-man desperately looking for an answer to save himself, the fact we see don’t see him in the film almost certainly means we will in the next installment already announced, and certainly so given the presence of Gwen Stacy in the film. The Lizard’s plan is a bit ridiculous and cliche’ to turn everyone into lizards, but the concept it’s self is kind of cliche’ so it’s fine, as long as they delve into more serious villains in the new installments.

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So, The Amazing Spider-Man has very good performances as a whole, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone making their awkward romance quite believable, with Martin Sheen and Sally Fields being fantastic as his Aunt and Uncle, with a very nice and smooth character arc for Doctor Curt Conners (Rhys Ifans) as he gradually turns into the lizard. It was a nice change of pace not seeing a stereotypically ‘evil’ Marvel villain, as opposed to one who turns as a result of desperation who very much feels human in comparison to the others. It also has some nice Special Effect sequences and use of C.G.I particularly in the labs at Oscorp, and in the animation of the lizard which emphasizes the real relevance of Science in Parker’s character, and in the whole underline narrative of the Marvel Universe as a whole. 

The death of Captain Stacy.

The death of Captain Stacy.

In summary, I really liked The Amazing Spider-man, regardless of my cynicism with some great performances from good actors, and some very basic but solid storytelling i’d recommend it thoroughly and look forward to the sequel.  For now, I’ll leave you with the trailer, and ask you to Like/Comment/Follow if you feel like it. Until next time, Cheers!

– Sam.