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Panda Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

By: Von Jared Omo

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I’m going to try to keep this review spoiler-free, but just in case I get ahead of myself, be on the lookout for these [SPOILERS AHEAD] warnings if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

For the record, I’ve seen the movie 3 times now,  once in IMAX 3D, and let me tell ya…IT WAS WORTH IT. I LOVED this movie. Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 will always will always have a spot in my heart as far as Spidey movies go, but I TRULY believe that Marc Webb did an awesome job with Amazing Spider-Man 2. I’ll break it down for you.

STORY
There’s a few plots in Webb’s Spidey universe, ranging from Peter’s Parents’ fate, Oscorp’s plans, and Peter’s life both as Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Webb does a good job with the pacing of the film, even though it sometimes seems rushed at times. We discover the fate of the Parkers and why they had to leave Peter with Aunt May and Uncle Ben that night they left. We also discover why the spider bite is only compatible with Peter and not with any of the human trials Oscorp performed behind closed doors (hence, why there are no Spider-MEN crawling around New York).

We also see Peter juggling life as Spider-Man and as a college student and being Gwen’s boyfriend. Keep in mind the promise he made (and then broke) to Gwen’s father and how Peter being Spider-Man would endanger those around him. Although we never see Peter attend college, let alone step inside the Daily Bugle to talk to JJ about his Spidey pictures, there are subtle hints to show his struggle, such as Aunt May going to school to be a nurse to help pay for Peter’s college expenses and JJ’s emails to Peter about Spider-Man.

CHARACTERS
The chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter and Gwen is beyond compare to Tobey and Kirsten in Raimi’s trilogy. Raimi’s Spidey universe depicted MJ too much as a damsel in distress and by the 3rd movie, it had become predictable as to what she would portray besides a love interest. In Amazing Spider-Man 2, we see Gwen not as a damsel in distress primarily, but a strong love interest who helps Peter overcome his enemies through the use of her knowledge in science (“That’s why he’s #2”, as Gwen would say).

The enemies and their development could have been done better, particularly Harry’s take on the Goblin and the portrayal of Rhino. I think Dehaan’s take on Harry Osbourne was better than James Franco’s in a way that Dane played the menacing role more believably than Franco. To me, there wasn’t enough screen time of the Goblin and Rhino, which leads me to my next character: ELECTRO. Jamie Foxx did an EXCELLENT job playing both Max Dillon and the Electro. He was able to show how Max as an introvert affected his life at home and at work and how he is unnoticeable to everyone (especially on his birthday). As Electro, he unleashed all the anger and fury he felt as the isolated Max Dillon.

VISUALS
The scenes with Peter swinging through the city are worth the price of IMAX 3D. It’s not from his point of view as it was in the first Amazing Spider-Man, but seen from his chest as if he was wearing a GoPro. The fight scenes are SPECTACULAR. Definitely worth watching in IMAX 3D as well! From the choreography to the CGI effects, it will definitely leave you feeling satisfied. I don’t want to say too much about it, except that there’s no way to describe it other than telling you guys that you have to see it!

Now, I’m going to talk about a particular scene in the movie that took my breath away. One that was closely adapted from the comic book. You’ve been warned!

[SPOILERS AHEAD! DO NOT READ PAST THIS WARNING UNLESS YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE OR YOU WANT TO KNOW SPOILERS!]

 

 

The way Webb depicted the death of Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man 2 couldn’t have been done better. The whole scene leading up to it with Peter struggling to keep a hold of her and fighting off Harry at the same time gave the scene more of a feeling of desperation…and you could feel it, too. Inside, you know what’s coming, but at the same time you’re thinking to yourself “C’mon, Peter. Don’t give up. DON’T LET HER GO!” And as she falls in slow motion, there’s no music. There’s no sound in this scene other than Gwen’s last breaths as she’s falling and the sound of Peter’s web shooting out like a hand begging to reach her in time. I was holding my breath the entire time Gwen was falling and sat at the edge of my seat with my heart beating as if it was going to jump out of my chest. This is how I felt when I read it in the comics. Only this time, it was more intense. This time I could hear Gwen’s body snap as her head hit the ground and see her lifeless body hanging on the web. What made the scene even more emotional was seeing Peter’s reaction as he held Gwen for the last time knowing that maybe…he could have saved her. Maybe.

 

 

[SPOILERS DONE!]

 

To me, this is the best Spider-Man movie done so far. There’s enough emotion, action, and story to continue on to the next Amazing Spider-Man movie. If you haven’t check out the movie yet, YOU NEED TO! You won’t be disappointed…unless you’re looking for a certain character to survive at the end. And that’s as spoiler-free as I can get! GET TO IT!

RATING: 9/10

Movie Trailer Premiere: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

By: Von Jared Omo

I have no idea who they are and I have to admit that I haven’t read the comic yet, BUT…this trailer looks AWESOME and it looks like it’s going to have the same humor, if not MORE HUMOR, than the first Iron Man movie. I only say that because that’s the only Marvel movie I can remember that had me cracking up in the theater and had me in awe when I first saw Tony take flight in his Mach 3. Anyway, without further ado…GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SUPER BOWL AD Pt. 1!

By: Von Jared Omo

OMG! I just saw part one of the Amazing Spider-Man Super Bowl trailer, and it looks frickin’ intense! Along with a few new scenes, the end of the trailer teases at one of the most jaw dropping moments in Marvel Comics history. I won’t ruin it for you, but I’ll give you a hint…

Did Peter indirectly cause the death? Or was the time of death prior to when Peter tried to save her? YIKES! Enough reading, check out the trailer already and be on the lookout for part 2 of the trailer during the Super Bowl this Sunday February 2, 2014!

Source: YouTube

MICHAEL DOUGLAS cast as HANK PYM for Wright’s ANT-MAN!

By: Von Jared Omo

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AHHH! So, this is the first post of the new year. And with that I say…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ok, that’s done and over with. Now, on to some news concerning a little Marvel Comics movie called “ANT-MAN.” With Paul Rudd being cast to play Ant-Man in the movie, I thought it was safe to assume that he would be playing Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man. Let’s do a little history lesson on Ant-Man, shall we?

Hank Pym, is the first Ant-Man and married to Jan Van Dyne (Wasp) and somewhere along the Marvel Universe, he creates the robot Ultron (history lesson ends here! By the way, Avengers 2 is named AGE OF ULTRON. You see where this is going now?).  So, if Michael Douglas is playing Hank Pym, who is Paul Rudd playing? Well, he’s playing Scott Lang, the 2nd Ant-Man who steals the suit from Pym and uses it to help save his daughter’s life (by utilizing the suit to save a doctor’s life who then saves Lang’s daughter’s life…so, really…he could’ve just asked the doctor without having to go through the ordeal of having to steal the suit in the first place, right?).  Anyway, Lang’s back story has a more dramatic element to it, which may cause audiences to have more of a connection to Lang instead of Pym (seriously, Pym beat the hell out of his wife. Do the kids really need to know or see that? Of course, not!).

Am I somewhat disappointed that Wright isn’t focusing on Pym? Yes. But do I understand why? Sort of. Pym has a lot of demons in his back story, just check out the storyline from when he donned the Yellowjacket Persona. The thing is…it’s already been done in a Marvel movie and we already have a Marvel character who has shown he has demons of his own, and that’s Tony Stark/Iron Man. So, is it a good move to not focus on Pym for this Ant-Man movie? We’ll just have to wait and see! One thing is for sure, though, it’s going to be awesome to see Michael Douglas in a comic book movie!

Source: http://www.newsarama.com/20026-ant-man-casts-michael-douglas-as-hank-pym.html

Paul Rudd is Marvel’s ANT-MAN!

By: Von Jared Omo

AntMan

Well, that escalated quickly! The last I heard about the “Ant-Man” casting was that Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were going at it to see who would take the coveted spot. It seems that because JGL has now accepted to be a part of Warner Bros.’ SANDMAN, Paul Rudd will not be “Ant-Man”. It would be awesome to see how Rudd takes on the role. I’ve seen his work on “Our Idiot Brother” and it seems Rudd can showcase his emotional side when he’s not in his comedic mode. I’m not going to jump the gun and say he won’t do a good job. I think people have done that enough with Ledger and his portrayal of the Joker or even Hathaway’s take on Catwoman. You just don’t know how it’s going to be until you actually watch the movie! So, here’s to you Paul Rudd! Make us proud! Let PHASE 3 commence!

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/marvel-finds-ant-man-paul-666812