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20 April 2014 @ 12:36 am
film trip double bill  
I joined @TricksyLiesmith for a double film trip today: Amazing Spider Man 2 followed by a third viewing of Captain America: Winter Solider! We saw the first five minutes of How To Train Your Dragon 2 (twice lol), the new X Men trailer (looking excellent!), and we aquired Spider Man IMAX posters.

Spoiler-free Amazing Spider Man 2 reaction: I really enjoyed it, I continue to love how the Amazing Spider Man films (as opposed to the Toby Macguire ones) portrays the characters as the young people that they are, and if you're watching it do stay for the extra credit scene. (Yes, there is one.)

Intial reactions in no real order WITH SPOILERS:

I didn't remember until Gwen was falling that she dies in the comics and I thought, no, they wouldn't go there, and they did, woah. TricksyLiesmith was crying and I was sitting there in shock. And then when we thought back through the plot there were ridiculous amounts of foreshadowing and lead up that we should have seen it coming. Well played, writers, well played.

I loved Aunt May in this. When she tells Peter that he's her boy, and everything that she's doing for him, the way she pretty much gave up her life for him. And that she's not just sat at home whilst everything's going on, she has a job, and she's training to be more, and she helps save people during the blackout. Go May! Her scenes with Peter as well, so much fun: we don't have a chimney! The last time you did the laundry you dyed everything red and blue! Heehee.

There are limited numbers of ladies in this, but they're treated well by the writers. As well as May we get a strong minded Gwen, who makes her own choices, and happens to be smarter than Peter. And Harry's assisstant gets to play a part. Other than that, this really is a movie full of guys though :/

I continue to love how in the Amazing Spider Man films all the characters who are supposed to be teenagers act like it. Especially Peter with his gangly boy self, falling asleep in random places and verbal messes, and Harry dressing to fill roles (a suit to face his dad, smart atire to face the office, black leather jacket to be a bad boy) and how young and desperate he comes across.

Jamie Fox plays a good role, adds in a twist of childishness that works well. That he goes from wanting to be seen to a step up in his powers because he becomes needed, I liked that. And the nods at the end to the other villans in the future was interesting.

Nice job tie-ing up his parents' past. Yay for secret lab!

If I try to pick out problems: It made me twitch a bit at the end when Peter says 'there's no place like home' because it comes across a little like looking on the bright side thanks to the fact Gwen died he doesn't have to leave New York. And as a Brit I prepared to cringe at the UK references, but it wasn't that bad. The 'doctor' at Ravenscroft was a bit too bad accent sterotypical evil scientist; this film didn't need that.

Overall, excellent film, very much enjoyed. And surprise X Men end credits scene came as a surprise!
Atlas of Clouds: sagafranztastisch on April 19th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
I need someone to see ASM2 with, because I need to spend less money (comics I am looking at you). On the plus side, me and my sister are off to see the Lion King in the cinema tomorrow. CHILDHOOD. :D

And I prefer Andrew Garfield Spider Man to Tobey Macguire Spider Man also.
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on April 20th, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
Luckily Laura got us free Cap tickets using tesco points, so yesterday was not as expensive as it could have been! Ha, Lion King, that was my sister's favourite :D

The Toby M films were so. much. cheese. and he came across as an older guy trying to be young. Unlike Andrew Garfield who comes across as the age the character is meant to be and owns it.
Atlas of Clouds: change my worldfranztastisch on April 20th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
THE LION KING WAS AWESOME. Your sister has impeccable taste. :D

Yeah. And they also had Tobey Macguire in them. Just generally that's a no for me. And Kirstin Dunst, who I don't really like either. And Aunt May was ancient, which was poor casting. And Andrew Garfield is sort of perfect for that awkward snarky character.
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on April 20th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
He's okay in some films, but nope, not a particularly great actor. And ditto. Also ditto. And YES :D
Atlas of Cloudsfranztastisch on April 20th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
Also Andrew Garfield is really attractive.

What? I can be shallow sometimes. :P
alphaflyer on April 20th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
But how did you feel about seeing Cap2 again? :-) Me and kidlet are going on Monday (me for the third, she for the second time).

As for ASM2 I think I'll wait for an airplane, unless my friends Kathy and Dom want to go see it on one of our cheap Tuesday girl dates...
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on April 20th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
It was the third time for us. Knowing what was coming mean that I was looking for certain things at certain times - info I wanted, quotes I wanted to check (but I'm still not 100% certain about lol), facial expressions at specific moments... There's the thing of when you watch a film multiple times you do start to see the problems in it. I really, really, really enjoyed Iron man 3, but the second time I watched it I realised there was actually a whole heap of problematic. With Cap 2? I spotted a few plot holes, moments that could have done with a bit more explanation maybe, but there's still nothing jarring or flying in the face of diversity or anything that makes me cringe. Go film! You'll have to let me know how your third watch goes :D

...you will miss out on a lot of camera angles and special effects on a plane screen I think :/
robintheshrewrobintheshrew on April 20th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
How similar was Gwen's demise to the comic? jw
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on April 20th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
I don't actually know - my spider man comics knowledge is very limited, sorry!
robintheshrewrobintheshrew on April 20th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Ah- in the comic Green Goblin drops her from a bridge (I think) and Peter thinks he saved her by catching her by the foot with his web but the momentum snaps her neck. Super tragic D:
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on April 20th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
In that case, it's very, very similiar. Not a bridge and I wasn't hugely sure of the cause, just that it was the fall. And it really, really hurts to watch. Very well done.
robintheshrewrobintheshrew on April 20th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah these new Spiderman movies look really faithful to the comic, so that's cool