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Here is my review of Spider-Man:Homecoming (Released at Cinema in July 2017) which my family and I saw at the cinema recently.

I was not really sure whether I would like as the previous Spider-Man film (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) had let the franchise down. But I had high hopes because it was a joint enterprise with Marvel and his brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War was brilliant.

Spider-Man Homecoming is the first of its franchise but thankfully, it was not an origins story.  We pick up the story with an already powered up Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, living with his Aunt May in Queens, living the life of a teenage school kid in high school with super powers.  I really like the fact that they didn’t go through the whole origin story again. As every Spider-Man fan knows Peter gets bit by a spider, he gets powers and he figures out his life as a hero.  You can only re-tell the same story so many times. We didn’t really need that story for a 3rd time.

Anyway, This film starts following the Battle of New York (from avengers assemble) as Adrian Toomes (played by the brilliant Michael Keaton) and his salvage company are contracted to clean up the city, but their operation is taken over by Tony Stark’s U.S. Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.). Enraged at being driven out of business, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the Chitauri technology they have already scavenged and use it to create and sell advanced weapons.

We then pick up the story 8 Years later where he is thriving in the city as a crime boss/arms dealer called, The Vulture and providing for his family and friends. At the same time Peter Parker (Spider-Man) has been drafted into the Avengers by Stark to help with an internal dispute (Captain America:Civil War), but resumes his studies at the Midtown School of Science and Technology when Stark tells him he is not yet ready to become a full Avenger.

But Peter continues his crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man. One night, after preventing criminals from robbing an ATM with their advanced weapons from Toomes, Parker returns to his Queens apartment where his best friend Ned discovers his secret identity. Peter and Ned then continue their investigation into Toomes with the disapproval of Tony Stark.  I won’t reveal much else as I do not want to spoil it for every body.

This is not a usual superhero focussed film, it’s more like a teen movie. As it focuses on the day-to-day troubles of a typical 15-year-old geeky teenager in high school as he tries to balance school with being a crime fighter at the same time. So if anything, it is more a Peter Parker focussed story than a Spider-Man one.  Tom Holland is brilliant as Peter Parker and Spider-Man.  He owns every scene he’s in, never getting blown off the screen by his co-stars, which include such formidable personalities as Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton. Tom Hollands intelligence and good-natured manner perfectly captures Peter Parker’s youthfulness, earnestness and moral center. And throughout the film Peter screws up a lot, I mean a lot, but he’s a good kid who knows when he has to set things right and Holland sells all of that.

But I have to say Ned played by Jacob Batalon just about manages to steal the show for me as he has some particularly funny moments as Peter’s side kick.

In summary I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I felt it had the perfect combination of action, special effects and humour.

Marvel and Sony have succeeded to produce a great Spider-Man film in the marvel universe franchise. And yes there are a couple of post-credit scenes, so don’t leave too early.

 


Hi folks, Hope you are all well. After another break of writing reviews here is my review of “The amazing spiderman 2” which we  saw recently at the cinema (Released at cinema on 16th April 2014).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This is the follow up to the amazing spiderman which I thought was awesome. I have been looking forward to this and couldn’t wait to get to the cinema to the see it.

The film starts with Scientist Richard Parker who records a video message to explain his disappearance. Later, he and his wife, Mary, are aboard a private jet hijacked by a man sent to assassinate Richard. With the pilot dead, the plane crashes.

In the present, Richard’s son Peter continues to fight crime as Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). He pursues and apprehends Aleksei Sytsevich, who attempted to steal a truck containing plutonium vials. During the chase, Spider-Man rescues OsCorp Industries employee Max Dillon (Jamie Fox). While speaking by phone with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), Peter sees a vision of her father, police captain George Stacy, reminding him to “leave Gwen out of it.” Afterward, Peter meets with Gwen at their high school graduation ceremony, but insists he needs to keep his vow to her father and Gwen decides to end their relationship.

Peter’s childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to Manhattan to see his terminally ill father Norman, CEO of OsCorp. Norman explains his illness is hereditary, and Harry is at the age where it first develops. Norman gives Harry a small device he claims contains his life’s work. The next day, Norman dies and Harry is appointed the new OsCorp CEO. He humiliates the OsCorp board, which has been privy to Norman’s secret biogenetic projects for foreign military powers.

Thinking that they have become friends, Max idolizes Spider-Man. While tending to some maintenance in an OsCorp laboratory, he loses his balance and falls into a tank of genetically modified electric eels. They attack him, and he mutates into a living electric generator. Meanwhile, Peter attempts to maintain a friendship with Gwen, but she reveals she may move to England for school. Before they can discuss it, Max wanders into Times Square and accidentally causes a blackout. Spider-Man attempts to calm him down, but the police fire at Max, making him lose his temper and attack. Spider-Man eventually stops him, and Max is taken to Ravencroft Institute.

I wont say much more as I don’t want to spoil it but spiderman has his work cut out as he not only has to battle electro who escapes from Ravencroft but he also has to cope with the green goblin as well.

The special effects and action sequences are good but I must admit I felt a little bit let down. It is no where near as good as the first film. And it certainly isn’t a patch on the recently released Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film promised a lot but failed to deliver in my opinion. The trailers promised a battle with Rhino and what you saw in the trailer was what was in the film, very disappointing.  And where is Mary Jane? The film felt rushed and there was just too much going on. The film makers were trying to fit too much in. There is a glimpse a lot of characters that may or may not be in future films.  Its as if Sony (the maker of spiderman) are trying the compete with Marvel (and the avengers universe) by creating a franchise of different villains for them selves. And rumour has it there is a Sinister six spin off film in the works. But really, they should just stick with Spiderman.

Would I recommend it, well yes it is worth a watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon but I wouldn’t lose sleep by missing it.

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Here is my review of “The Amazing Spiderman” which I saw on BT Vision recently (Released on 16th November 2012).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

Oh no not another remake was my first thought when I first heard about this film. With the trilogy of spiderman films with Tobey Maguire still fresh in my mind I did not think we needed another remake as I thought they were pretty good. How can you tell the same story again but keep people interested. Well Christopher Nolan proved it with the batman trilogy that it can be done. And Marc Webb has proven it again with the reboot of spiderman. And I must admit I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

In this version of the spiderman story the film stars as a young Peter Parker discovers his father’s study has been ransacked. His father gathers concealed documents before Peter’s parents take him to stay with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. His parents leave, but are later killed in a plane crash.

As a teenager, Peter is a student at Midtown Science High School, where he is bullied by Flash Thompson, and is romantically interested in the beautiful Gwen Stacy, the daughter of police captain George Stacy. At home, Peter discovers his father’s documents, and learns he had been working with scientist Dr. Curt Connors at Oscorp to combine human and animal DNA to cure illnesses. Peter sneaks into Oscorp to meet Connors, who is pressured by his superior Dr. Ratha to complete his serum, and cure the terminally ill head of Oscorp Norman Osborn. Connors wants the cure himself to restore his missing arm. Meanwhile, Peter breaks into a lab where a “biocable”-a high strength strand of webbing-is created by genetically modified spiders, one of which bites him. During a subway ride home, a fight reveals that he has developed superhuman speed, strength, the ability to stick to surfaces, and a heightened sense of danger.

Peter finds an algorithm in his father’s documents and gives it to Connors−the missing key to his serum. In school, Peter damages school property during a confrontation with Flash and Ben is forced to work late so that he can pick up Peter. Ben tells Peter to escort May home that night. Peter ignores Ben in favor of helping Connors test their serum on a three-legged mouse. After he returns home, Peter argues with Ben about not picking up May, and Peter leaves. At a grocery store, the clerk rudely refuses to let Peter buy a drink, and when a thief steals money from the register, Peter lets the thief escape. Ben, searching the streets for Peter, confronts the thief, but is shot and killed. Peter responds to the gunshot and finds Ben’s body. After seeing a police sketch of the suspect, Peter realizes it was the thief he let go.

Peter hunts the killer, taking out other criminals as a result and attracting police attention for his vigilante actions. During one confrontation he falls into an abandoned gym, where a luchador-wrestling poster inspires him to create a mask to hide his identity. He creates a costume for himself with a spandex suit, and builds wrist-mounted mechanical devices that shoot biocable strands. Peter, who, after going to Gwen’s house for a dinner “date” with her family, later reveals he is the vigilante to Gwen and they kiss.

Seeing that the test mouse has regrown its missing limb using lizard DNA, Ratha demands human trials begin immediately. Connors refuses to risk innocent lives and is fired. Desperate, Connors tests the serum on himself and his missing arm regenerates. He learns that Ratha is going to test the serum on human subjects and goes to stop him, but his body begins to mutate. By the time he finds Ratha on the Williamsburg Bridge Connors has transformed into a large Lizard creature, tossing cars, including Ratha’s, over the side of the bridge. Peter, now calling himself Spider-Man, manages to save Ratha and other civilians. Connors retreats into the sewer and reverts to human form.

Peter later meets Connors in his office and suspects he is the Lizard, and later unsuccessfully confronts Connors’ Lizard form in the sewers, leaving behind his camera. Connors learns Peter’s identity via the name on the camera and pursues him to Midtown Science High School where they fight. In response, the police start a manhunt for both Spider-Man and Lizard. Connors heads to Oscorp, intending to disperse his serum across the city and make everyone into lizards, while Gwen develops an antidote in Oscorp’s lab. The police corner Spider-Man and Captain Stacy discovers that he is Peter, but lets him escape to go save Gwen. With the help of the father of a boy he rescued earlier, Spider-Man reaches Oscorp in time. Spider-Man manages to replace Connors’ serum with the antidote, reverting Connors to human form, but not before Connors mortally wounds Captain Stacy. Spider-Man nearly falls to his death, but Connors saves him. Before his death, Captain Stacy makes Peter promise to stay away from Gwen for her safety. He initially keeps the promise, but later admits to Gwen that failed promises are the best kind.

I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Andrew Garfield is brilliant as spiderman bringing the same humour and vulnerability found in the comics/cartoons. And I must admit it is better than the trilogy of spiderman films a couple of years ago. The effects and actions sequences are pretty good. The transformation scenes are good too. Having been bitten, Garfield’s Parker goes into a delirious, feverish state as his body assumes new strength and the ability to hang upside down. And without knowing what he is doing, Parker semi-accidentally beats up around half a dozen menacing guys in a subway carriage which was very amusing. There is only one down side and that there is no room for the newspaper editor J Jonah Jameson character in the film which is sadly missed I think.

But well worth a watch in my opinion.

But what did you think? Do you agree?

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Hi folks,

There is yet another remake on the horizon with news that Colin Farrell is to star in a remake of ‘Total Recall’.  Farrell is currently putting himself through a gruelling training regime in a bid to get in shape for the action hero part of Douglas Quaid. Filming on ‘Total Recall’ will begin in May.

The Irish actor will reprise Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lead role in the 1990 classic. Here is a reminder of the original.

Why oh why do we need remakes or reboots??

With spiderman and superman being also rebooted this year do we need yet another remake. I personally dont see the point, unless the original was rubbish.  Is there any creativity left in this world? It seems there is an abundance of reboots and remakes. Is that just me or do other people agree and tire of all these remakes.   

I must agree that some remakes are interesting if technology moves forward and a newer version can make an event more “realistic” on film… but I guess it depends on which generation you belong to.  But some people (like me) don’t like seeing younger actors replacing people they associate with a role. For example I really liked Toby Maguire as spiderman or Christopher Reeve as superman and it spoils it for me replacing them with another actor. 

I just dont see the point of another actor replacing them. I guess it just spoils the ellusion for me!

In my opinion, most of the time, the original is much better than the reboot/remake.  The effects of older films might not be upto todays standard but the story is better. 

For example if you take the war of the worlds remake (2005) with Tom cruise. I was really looking forward to this one but it was a real let down compared to the 1955 original. Dont get me wrong, the effects was better but the story was crap…. And Tom Cruise was the totally wrong actor for the main character in the film. There are many other examples but I will stop my rant now otherwise I will be on here all day :).

So what do you think? Do you agree? Are there too many remakes/reboots?

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What’s in store for 2011

In 2010 we saw the return of dr who and part 1 of the Harry Potter Finale. Both of which I enjoyed.  It’s also been a good year for comic hero movies. But the dust has barely settled on 2010 and yet here I am looking forward to another year of must-see movies and television programmes that have already got me very excited for the next twelve months. There is a superb line-up superhero movies to science fiction westerns, but which ones are the cream of the crop? Let me guide you through the minefield of buzz and into the most promising films that lie ahead.

I await with eager anticipation for upcoming X-Men, Green Lantern, Spiderman Reboot, Thor, Captain America and the First Avenger’ movies. In fact the comic book landscape looks pretty good. Lets just hope they live up to my expectation.

In addition, the superhero wildcard ‘The Green Hornet’ offers something a bit different. It promises interesting visuals, and the unconventional casting of Seth Rogan gives us hope for comedy capers.

Then there is Cowboys vs Aliens which I am also looking forward to…The title says it all. Cowboys AND aliens, it’s the golden combo! Gun-toting loners battling little green men is the B-movie dream. Only this B-movie has gone positively A-List, recruiting Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde to its madcap cause. I dare you to watch the trailer and tell me that this doesn’t look awesome… Here is a taster.

But what I am waiting for most of all is Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II

The final Potter outing just pips it in the anticipation stakes against its most high-profile rival, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt1, as the teen vampire epic could yet go either way. Part 1 of the Potter finale did a great job of setting up the climatic battles we have all been looking forward to, even if the film itself suffered by feeling like a glorified prologue in the process. Even cinemagoers who can’t stand the franchise will be keen for this instalment to finally come, and go. Alas, we must wait a little longer for the trailer.

And then there is new series of Dr who and the contunuation of the event to look forward to.

Of course, I could be wrong on these. So if you think I’ve missed out or neglected any more exciting prospects, please enlighten me.


Hi all.

I watched Spiderman 3 earlier today and it got me thinking, who is every ones favourite superhero/superheroes?

Well, me, I have a couple of favourites.

Firstly, for their power and industractability I believe its a tie between the hulk and superman. 

Superman has Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, invulnerability,freezing breath, super hearing, laser eyes, multiple extrasensory and vision powers, longevity, flight, intelligence and regeneration. The hulk possesses the potential for astounding levels of superhuman strength, directly depending on his emotional state, particularly his anger, spawning the famous quote: “The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets.”  By the way, I have often wondered who would win in a fight between Superman and the Hulk :).

Secondly. for his good sense of humour and wisecracks it has to be spiderman. Unfotunately He isnt as strong as other superheroes but uses his speed, agility, web and wit to comfound enemies. 

And finally my favourite teams is the fantastic four which have a mixute of brain, brawn and power.

The fantastic four are: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), a scientific genius and the leader of the group, who can stretch his body into incredible lengths and shapes; the Invisible Woman (Susan “Sue” Storm), Reed’s wife, who can render herself and others invisible and project powerful force fields; the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Sue’s younger brother, who can generate flames, surround himself with them and fly; and the monstrous Thing (Ben Grimm), their grumpy but benevolent friend, who possesses superhuman strength and endurance due to the nature of his stone-like flesh.

I have to mention the x-men as well which I also like.  The X-men have consisted a number of heroes including Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, wolverine, Rogue, Storm and Jean Grey. They possess special powers due to their possession of the “X-Gene,” a gene normal humans lack but which gives Mutants their abilities.  The abilities vary from one hero to another.

I have loved these superheroes since I was a kid when I read the comics and am glad they have made to the big screen.

So, what does every one else think.  Who is your favourite superhero? or superhero team? 

If you have more than 1, like me, then please give me your top 5 or top 10 superheroes.

Anyway, I will leave you with a clip from Spiderman 3……