The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The witty web-slinging masked vigilante returns in a sequel that will have fan-boys trembling with excitement.

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Life hasn’t exactly been easy for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield); first his parents are murdered (which is delved into much more), and then his uncle Ben is gunned down in the street by a criminal. Thankfully though he has the amazing abilities of a spider that help him to get through the day as he saves civilians in New York City. Although things appear to be looking up for the wall-crawler, Peter is still trying to deal with the death of Captain Stacy (his girlfriend’s father), and the promise that he made him in the first film. But pondering over the question of whether he should cut all ties to Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is not the only thing on Spidey’s mind, as a whole host of super-villains are emerging into his world. In an unfortunate twist of fate, Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) – a nobody who just wants people to notice him – is turned into Electro; an unstable monster that can control electricity and has found a new hatred for Spider-Man. Figuring out his love life and fighting crime might only be part of the threats that Peter is going to face, as his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) comes into the picture, and is on a mission to prove that his father’s last words about him being a failure were wrong.

Although I was weary going into a new Spider-Man franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, it is definitely clear with the sequel that director Marc Webb is the man for the job. He has cranked everything up a notch from the first film, and not even things that needed to be done, but make the film so much better because they have been. As well as the picture quality, the effects and visuals are just on another level from the previous Spider-Man films; they make the entire movie seem more realistic and it pulls you into the film a lot further.

Along with this, the film improves on Spidey’s costume a little bit further, by adding the classic wide eye pieces to his mask, rather than the thin ones which have been used in every film to date. There was just something about this film that gripped you from start to finish, and made the almost 3 hour running time fly by. From the scenes that depict Peter’s everyday life, to the incredible action sequences, it all slotted together so well and will have you thinking ‘this is a great super-hero movie’.

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Of course with the new editions to the villain side of things – which includes Paul Giamatti as Rhino – there has to be the actors to play them, and the portrayals were dead on. Jamie Foxx’s depiction of the pissed-off-at-society Electro really makes you feel the rage, hatred and electricity that is flowing through his veins. The character of Electro has been re-imagined for the film; instead of a high school student who parades around in his green and yellow spandex when turned into a villain, he is now a grown man who works for Oscorp and his persona as Electro is now a blue-glowing horror that will have your nerves going wild. As both the shy Max Dillon and the enraged Electro he pulls off a stunning performance. This time round the character of Harry Osborn is given to us by the talented young Dane DeHaan, an actor who has been rising on the Hollywood radar ever since his breakthrough role in 2012’s Chronicle. His talents continue to shine as he plays the distraught son who needs to make his father (Chris Cooper) eat his final words and find a cure for a hereditary disease which they suffer from. Unfortunately in doing so he becomes the Green Goblin, once again a very scary one I might add. DeHaan’s role as both Harry and the Goblin are memorable, especially the latter, that chilling evil face will stick in your mind for weeks after viewing the film.

For all of you comic book fans out there, you will have noticed many little Easter eggs throughout the film. But for those of you unfamiliar with the Marvel universe, here are a few things you might have missed. First of all it seems quite possible that, in my opinion, one of the greatest team-ups may actually happen. I’m referring to Spider-Man and Black Cat, as we’re introduced to the character of Felicia Hardy (Felictiy Jones) in the form of Harry Osborn’s assistant. However that is not the only future characters we may have been introduced to. Max Dillon’s boss – Alistair Smythe – (B. J. Novak), if the writers decide to go down this route, is the son of Spencer Smythe, who is the inventor of the Spider-Slayers which are out to catch Spider Man. Probably the biggest hint at what is to come next though is the shady character seen in the end credits scene of the first film, and throughout a lot of this one. He is thought to be The Gentleman, a villain who assembles the super-villain team The Sinister Six; and as we have already heard that this is a route that the films will be going down, it is quite likely that he is him. Plus the fact that we see Doctor Octopus’ arms and Vulture’s wings at Oscorp, and part of the film being set in the Ravencroft institute where many of the villains may already be, is making this theory a reality.

Where Sam Raimi failed in adding too many villains to the story line (Green Goblin, Venom, Sandman), in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man Marc Webb has succeeded and made it work so well.

The future for the Spider-Man franchise is looking bright.

Marvel Movie News

Ant-Man Actor Chosen

An actor has finally been chosen to play Henry ‘Hank’ Pym in the 2015 Edgar Wright directed super hero film Ant-Man; the talented Michael Douglas has been chosen. Although recently Paul Rudd was in the news for being chosen to play the size-changing crusader, he has actually been cast to play Scott Lang; the hero who was given the abilities after Pym passed them on. It seems as though Wright is attempting to portray the time lines of both these ant-men, and, although the film is part of Marvel’s ‘Phase 3′, Pym is going to be linked differently to The Avengers; unlike in the comics in which he creates the artificial intelligence Ultron (the villain from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron film). I wasn’t sure if Douglas was the right choice at first, mainly due to Hank Pym being much younger. However because of Douglas’ acting experience I’m sure he will pull it off flawlessly.

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When I first heard about the Spider Man franchise being done again I wasn’t too thrilled; partly because I thought Tobey Maguire made an excellent Peter Parker. However I have to admit, Marc Webb did a great job with The Amazing Spider Man, and with the new characters and plot details I am nearly as excited as when I first heard that Marvel were going to bring The Avengers to the screen.

The-Amazing-Spider-Man-2-9If it’s not enough that two of the most famous Spidey villains from the comics are making an appearance in the sequel; Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). But Harry Osborn (Dane DeHann) will also be brought back into Peter Parker’s world, and could possibly be appearing as the Green Goblin. Exciting right? Well there is some more news which will have fans of the comic books on the edge of their seats. Webb is planning on making more sequels to the franchise, and as you can imagine there will need to be a great story line to keep the audience entertained. One of which that is planned will contain the alien symbiote Venom, who appeared in the 2007 Spider Man 3. The other may be leading up to a ‘Sinister Six’ plot. Taken straight from the comics, the Sinister Six were a group of six super-villains who teamed up in an attempt to defeat Spider Man. The line-up did change throughout the years and I would imagine the original six would not be used for the films; however they were some of the most famous villains to ever grace the panels of a Spider Man comic: Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Doctor Octopus and Mysterio.

Sinister_SixOn top of all that two of my favourite characters in the Marvel Universe are being introduced in The Amazing Spider Man 2; Felicia Hardy and Cletus Kasady, in other words Black Cat and Carnage. Both have played major roles in Peter Parker’s life, with the Black Cat rocking his world in more ways than one, and Carnage being one of his toughest villains due him being able to change form, heal himself and suck the life out of his victims. How they will be brought into the story, I don’t know, but I imagine Carnage (possibly being played by Jim Carrey) will either be part of the Sinister Six or be part of a later story line, and Black Cat could quite possibly help Spidey out when he has to take on all these villains.

carnageWhatever Sony decides to do with the franchise in the future, with all of these incredible characters it will surely be a sight to see.

Just to wet your taste buds even more check out the trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2 underneath, now you try to tell me that your aren’t excited.

Django Unchained

The dialogue master delivers another masterpiece.

Quentin Tarantino, one of the greatest directors and writers of our time, has done it again, creating a motion picture which have all audience members glued to the screen throughout the 2 hours 45 minute film.

This film is slightly different compared to his other works though, where many of his earlier films such as ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (1992) and ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994), are dialogue driven, keeping the film going with the characters and story line, Django Unchained, still gives the classicDjangoUnchainedOfficialPosterPT aspects of a Tarantino film, but presents the audience with something more. The director shows off how successful his films have been by pulling out more special effects and action, which we saw come to light in ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009), than has been seen in his other features. Tarantino makes the effects, which mirror that of Tarantino’s directing friend Robert Rodriguez’s film ‘Planet Terror’ (2007), his own though, and doesn’t over do the action, not letting his fans forget that his work centres around his characters rather than massive explosions.

The film is based in 1858 and centres around Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave who is freed by Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz), who trains Django to become a bounty hunter, like himself. Django agrees, on the condition that once they are done Shultz will help him find his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Their journey for his wife leads them to attempt to make a deal with Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the owner of ‘Candy land’ which is home to hundreds of slaves, including Broomhilda.

The all star cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jonah Hill and Quentin Tarantino himself, execute their roles beautifully, Christoph Waltz showed his terrific acting capabilities in ‘Inglourious Basterds’, and although this time he has switched to being a hero rather than a villain, he plays the suavely, sophisticated Dr. King Shultz in a way christopher-waltz-jamie-foxx-django-unchainedwhich will surely secure him a role in the Director’s next picture. Leonardo DiCaprio gives off an essence from his character which will make you want to rid the world of him, just as much as Django. The film is stolen by the the talents of Jamie Foxx, portraying Django in the changes from being a slave, to a bounty hunter, to a hero. Making the audience feel his pain for the wife he has lost, and what he will go through and will do to get her back.

Once again one of the aspects of the film is to shock, mainly with the violence shown towards the slaves, however it is not overdone, the violence is slightly muted in the same way ‘Reservoir Dogs’ was, it is more in the imagination of what is happening that is shocking, rather than the image being on the screen. This is the second time Tarantino has attempted to reinvent a genre in his own way, the first being ‘Inglourious Basterds’. This time it is a western, the genre is captured well with the film, using certain characteristics which define a film of this type, such as the landscape shots, angles at which the camera is placed and the ruthless gun fights between heroes and villains.

Although the film is Tarantino’s longest running, it could be said that it is by far one of his best, with a gripping story line, wonderfully portrayed characters, shocking violence and a soundtrack which any fan will be want to get their hands, Django Unchained, despite Tarantino thinking ‘Inglourious Bastards’ was, truly is his masterpiece.

Quentin Tarantino’s other work:

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Reservoir Dogs ‘1992’

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Pulp Fiction ‘1994’

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Jackie Brown ‘1997’

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Kill Bill Volume 1 ‘2003’

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Kill Bill Volume 2 ‘2004’

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Death Proof ‘2007’

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Inglourious Basterds ‘2009’