Movie reviews created in Nancy Blair’s senior Expository Reading and Writing class:
Alexis Hererra, Zaira Garcia, and Austyn Moreno
Swinging its way into the hearts of people nationwide, The Amazing SpiderMan 2, directed by Marc Webb, and produced by Avi Arad, is a film that does not disappoint. In this Action/Fantasy, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) struggles to balance being a normal teenager with being the city’s well known superhero. Despite the promise he made to his girlfriend’s father to end their relationship, he feels the responsibility to protect the one he loves, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Peter’s childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan), becomes ill and through his father’s research finds out that Spiderman’s blood seems to be the only cure for his illness. As if that isn’t enough, he has to keep the city safe from Electro (Jamie Foxx), an OsCorp employee who mutates into an human electric generator, and Rhino (Paul Giamatti), a man goes on a rampage in the streets of New York City.
The visual effects created with CGI (Computer Generated Imaging) are far greater than expected. However, there are a few scenes that are overdone. The director’s choices and the cinematography are detailed and focused. The only weakness in the film is a horrible electric/country soundtrack that is completely unsuitable.
All around, The Amazing Spiderman 2 really is a “must watch” film. Providing much excitement, the producers have a particular knack for keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, even during the calm and in depth scenes. But two things that will definitely leave you mesmerized are the visually pleasing graphics and the ground shaking audio.
If you’re looking for an action packed, heart racing film, The Amazing Spiderman 2 will leave you satisfied.
Alex Eisman, George Alcantar, and Geraldine Morataya
The word “Amazing” does not do Spiderman justice in this movie adaptation of the comic. Andrew Garfield does a stupendous job of portraying the webbed hero, while also maintaining the imperfection and struggles of a teenager. He has great chemistry with his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. Gwen is a gorgeous, gifted young women juggling an internship at Oscorp with being Spiderman’s girlfriend. Gwen happens to work with Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), a disturbed introvert with a brilliant mind who loves spiderman almost as much as Gwen does. Whenever Dillon is onscreen, random voices can be heard simulating what he is experiencing. This, combined with the next level of CGI are all components of what makes the movie spider “Amazing”.
The animation and its cutting edge visual effects are so life-like, it’s difficult to tell where the animation ends and the live action begins. The terrifying Electro is so frightningly realistic it begs the question; how real can CGI get ? In the past it has been easy to discern between reality and animation, but the line between the two is slowly blurring. Even though the storyline of the movie keeps us on the edge of our seats, it should have taken certain scenes into more depth. I give this must-see movie two thumbs up. It’s the perfect kick off to the summer blockbuster season.
Christian Herrera, Isac Perezchica, Sebastian Vasquez
This new installment of the movie adaptation of the classic comic, Spiderman, adds a whole new meaning to the word “amazing”. Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker, a young man dealing with the struggles of a balancing a teenage life with the responsibility of being a full time hero, while at the same time maintaining a relationship with the beautiful Gwen Stacy. Played by Emma Stone, Gwen lives a life juggling an internship at Oscorp, an opportunity at the University of Oxford, and a relationship with Spiderman. When Peter’s childhood friend, Harry Osborn, becomes a threat, and a crazed fan becomes an enemy, he must find a way to protect the girl he loves and save the day.
The cinematic handiwork of the film helps viewers capture the essence of the Spiderman series in ways the comic book could not. As Peter fights crime, he is also obligated to help his old friend, Harry, cure his deadly disease. His life is then further complicated by an obsessive fan, Max Dillon, played by Jamie Foxx, who tries to destroy the city.
The digital aspects and masterful effects on their own are amazing and capture the attention and clarity, leaving the viewer captivated. However, the film’s slow start is a little discouraging and the overabundance of characters leads to a slight sense of confusion from the audience.
An overall rating of 7 out of 10 does the film justice. It’s an action packed movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat, for the most part.