Superheros– Part 2 of Boys in Tights/ The Amazing Spider-Man (Reboot)

This is the second part that I’m sure of a very ongoing series of superhero movies in the next couple of years.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Year: 2012

Actors:Andrew GarfieldEmma StoneRhys IfansDenis LearyMartin SheenSally FieldCampbell Scott

Director:Marc Webb

The geek and I both walking into this thinking we would hate it. The geek is way more of a Spider-man fan than I am, so his expectations were on an F level. I’m also a huge fan of the Sam Rami movies (with the exception of the third one that did not exist in my mind) with Tobey McGuire as Spider-man.

I thought the new lead(Andrew Garfield) was very good,  but I liked him in “The Social Network.” There were some really great scenes once he got his powers. I’m also happy that they didn’t go the Mary Jane route with the love story, and picked Gwen from the comic books. Emma Stone is so damn cute, and a really good actress.  I really wanted more Denis Leary, because I thought his small role stole the movie.

Martin Sheen was playing Jeb Barlett again, and I half expected him to launch into another one of the really great West Wing speeches. Sally Field as Aunt May was just washing dishes the whole time, and looking sad in sweaters. I know their roles were small, but they could have given them some better lines to work with from the script.

Two overall complaints:

1. Dr. Conners(Rhys Ifans) had one of the worst makeup jobs when he become the villain  that I’ve seen in a long time. It seemed to be out of a Ed Wood movie. I guess it was supposed to be scary, but I couldn’t stop giggling. His British  accent kept going in and out as well which really aggravated me.

2. I think they needed a good editor because some parts  could have been trimmed in the middle.

I thought the special effects were good, and  it was a little lighter in tone than the original Raimi movies.  I’m still not quite sure why they needed a new reboot when the other two hold up well on their own.  Hollywood is running out of ideas as usual I suppose, and they’re remaking everything.

Grade: B-

P.S. Campbell Scott what has happened to you?? I barely recognized you which than made me sad. He’s pulled a James Spader.  I also find it funny or intentional that the director of Spider-Man is named Marc Webb. Hmmmm…..


Superhero movies Part 1— The Avengers!

Country: USA

Release date: 2012

Actors: Chris EvansRobert Downey JrMarl RuffaloChris HemsworthScarlett Johnsson,  Jeremy RennerTom Hiddleston

Director: Joss Whedon

I finally got to see The Avengers. We were actually going to go see this for the geek’s birthday, but life got in the way. Anyways, I was a little worried because this movie has been hyped over the years in easter eggs at the end of all the Marvel movies.

However, it’s Joss Whedon. Yes, I’m a Browncoat. I was just hoping it wouldn’t bore me to tears.  Verdict: It didn’t.  I was hesitant that they replaced Ed Norton with Mark Ruffalo, but adding a little more the Bruce Banner/Hulk character really helped the movie.  I also loved all the interplay between all the super heros. I also thought Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was much better in this movie than he was in “Thor.”

My only complaint was adding Black Widow and Hawkeye. I  never read the comic books, but both characters were so minor that I really didn’t see the point of them being in the film. Perhaps, they’ll have bigger roles in the sequel.

I would also love to have a new Hulk movie if Mark Ruffalo would agree to it. I loved the Ed Norton version as well, but Ruffalo gave the character a little more humor.

This was a fun summer movie full of action and a lot of jokes for the fans of the other movies.  See if before it leaves the theaters.

Grade: A