The Amazing Spider-Man Review

I might have to think about it a bit more, but I may just be able to call The Amazing Spider-Man the best film to come out of Marvel Studios. To be completely honest, that’s not saying very much at all because I don’t think very highly of the movies Marvel has produced. For one, I can easily say that The Amazing Spider-Man is better than Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man Trilogy.

Once again, not saying much. The original Spider-Man trilogy isn’t even good, so to say The Amazing Spider-Man is better isn’t much of a compliment. It is, however, also better than The Avengers in everyday. It’s more entertaining and it actually has two dimensional characters to care for. The Amazing Spider-Man is a pretty good movie, unfortunately though the movie wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been.

In essentially reworking and crafting a completely different tale about a young loner who would one day become Spider-Man, Marc Webb (director of (500) Days of Summer) has succeeded in creating the best movie about a person with super powers, a super hero (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight do not count, Batman is not a super hero). What Marc Webb failed to do was follow up on what a great story he had been starting to tell.

The characters and performances were perfect (especially by lead Andrew Garfield and love interest Emma Stone). The origin and development was fun, entertaining, but most of all, enjoyable. Once, the villain, The Lizard came into play the film began to sour for me which was made all the more disappointing by the fact that I was as into the film as I was.

They really took their time with Peter Parker and the arc of his character, but once The Lizard came into play, everything seemed extremely rushed. There were points that felt right on the level of what Raimi had done with Spider-Man. Maybe the wrong villain was just chosen for what they were trying to do. Where as the first half of the film seemed to stray away from the generic way of telling a story such as this and worked perfectly. The last and villain-heavy half seemed to be very generic and just bored. The Amazing Spider-Man was good, but it had a lot more potential.

Grade: B

Prometheus Review

The genre of science fiction can make for some pretty interesting movies and stories and it’s a very intriguing genre in general. A genre so intriguing, in fact, that maybe it’s one I’m too critical of. Like a fantasy story, a science fiction story has to be crafted completely from scratch. The story at hand is being told in a world that does not exist and when told with just the right amount of grace and purpose than a science-fiction story has the ability to touch on many unique ideas and themes that your average movie wouldn’t dare delve into.

Prometheus is an extraordinary movie on all accounts. While telling a fascinating story about the stars we look at every night, Prometheus enthralls, it scares and it takes our characters on perfectly epic journey that forces them to places ¬†and into making decisions they couldn’t possibly understand. Alien is a fantastic horror film in its simplicity and the grotesque ways it attempts to push the envelope. Prometheus has some horror elements and plays with them when it can, but Prometheus is dealing with so much more.

In one of the most visually stunning movies ever created, Prometheus manages to do more than astound with just its visuals. It tells an engrossing story about searching for the answers of life’s biggest questions and at the heart of this ambitious tale is a poetic character study of two pieces of existence defined by their times (in this case, a time that does not exist), a human and a robot.

Playing the human and the heart of the film is Noomi Rapace incredibly convincing as the caring, innocent and lovable Elizabeth Shaw. The other main character is played by the brilliant Michael Fassbender giving easily the greatest performance of the film as the robot, David. Like no other movie before it, Prometheus takes the time to actually examine the idea of being a robot and through a beautiful script and a flawless performance, the character of David is brought to life as the greatest character in film who doesn’t need to breathe.

Who could have done it other than the original Alien director himself, Ridley Scott? He has defined the sci-fi genre in the past and once again shows exactly what a sci-fi movie can be. I can’t think of one miraculous moment I didn’t care for in Prometheus and while telling a very broad and prominent story, Prometheus still manages to pay homage to the iconic horror film that started it all. It was spectacular in every way, shape and form.

Grade: A