Without getting bogged down with the movie vs comic aspect of Civil War & trying to avoid any early reviews or spoilers I decided to visit my local IMAX and see if the Russo Brothers have delivered another entertaining slice of cinema – It took less than 10 minutes before I had my answer, finding myself totally immersed in this world of villains, superhero’s & the carnage that goes with it, I was like a kid in a candy store, the 2hr 30mins runtime flew by and I enjoyed every fun minute of it – there are many reasons why I really enjoyed Captain America: Civil War for a start it’s easily Robert Downey Jr’s best outing as Tony Stark aka: Iron Man, there’s much less comedy from his character and a lot more emotion, he’s hurting and Downey Jr does hurting well, even the die hard fans who dislike Stark will feel for him towards the movie’s finale – Don’t get me started on the movies fight & chase scenes or I could be here drooling all night, let’s just say they’re relentless in pace, high on scale & brimming with destruction simply put the effects are bloody incredible, the battle with Crossbones played by Frank Grillo at the start of the movie whet’s the appetite for what’s to come and boy you won’t be disappointed – The Russo Brothers continuing on from Winter Soldier do such a great job in sucking you in to the personal battles of many of the characters in the movie, you feel invested whilst also feeling slightly intrigued & somewhat excited by the eventual outcome.
Essentially this is like an Avengers movie, so many characters are along for the ride, watching Paul Rudd’s scene stealing Ant-Man and the introduction of a few new characters to the franchise such as Spidey, Black Panther and the villainous Baron Zemo is like movie heaven for us superhero fans, all are perfectly cast & their involvement in the movie’s big action set pieces are considerable and in the case of Spidey adds plenty of humor to proceedings – also wasn’t it great seeing Paul Bettany’s Vision getting more screen time? he’s a fabulous character and in my opinion has been underused in previous outings – But for me the main reason why Captain America: Civil War works so well is the exciting and at times explosive dynamic between Iron Man and Captain America these two guys respect the hell out of each other but both have different views, neither will back down, leading to a nail biting finale pitting two of the great comicbook superhero’s against each other – Overall: not often do I come away from the cinema having watched a movie that has lived up to it’s hype but Captain America: Civil War does just that – it’s well written, well executed and movie escapism at it’s finest – roll on Infinity War Part 1 can’t wait !! ★★★★½
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) – Movie Review ★★★★
Director: Marc Webb – Cast: Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Sally Fields, Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti & Jamie Foxx – Synopsis: Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starts by addressing what did happened to Peter Parker’s Mum & Dad after they dropped him off at Aunt May’s and then flashes to modern day where our favorite New York crime fighter Spider-Man is dealing with his own personal demons – whilst cleaning up the city of everyday scumbags he is being haunted by the ghost of Gwen’s dead father whom he promised before his death to stay away from his daughter – Peter also meets up with Harry Osborn a high school buddy and gets entangled with the rather creepy, electrifying Electro – Verdict: It’s been 2 years since Marc Webb remade Spider-Man for the big screen – I remember going into the remake thinking “surely it’s too soon after Sam Raimi’s trilogy?” but after 50mins of this new Spidey adventure I was blown away and by it’s end credits I had soon forgotten all things Maguire and swore allegiance to a new Web Slinger in town and his name is Andrew Garfield – now quickly on to it’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – I had lot’s of fun with this film, it’s not quite as good as it’s 2012 original but filmmaker Webb has once again injected his own stamp on the Superhero genre making this sequel an entertaining cinematic experience, easily more comical & lighthearted than it’s predecessor, with some colorful comic book villains, an overload of CGI packed action scenes ending with a dark final quarter that is obviously laying the foundations of what’s to come – although A-List stars Foxx and Giamatti did OK it was the brilliant DeHaan that stole most of his scenes and made Franco look like a little pussy cat – the chemistry between Garfield and Stone, the dizzy breathtaking sight of Spidey flying over New York City and the emergence of the Green Goblin were the films highlights – Overall: if your looking for a dose of big screen, comic book action then take a trip to the cinema – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is breathtaking at times and delivers a fun night of escapism….
Landing next summer THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 that stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper and Sally Field – for a movie remake 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man impressed me enough for me to look forward to this sequel, a sequel that includes an old friend Harry Osborn (DeHaan) and comic book villains Electro (Foxx) and The Rhino (Giamatti) – here’s the first trailer and some new stills…. enjoy!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – US (2nd May) – UK (18th April) – Australia (17th April)
If your a fan of the gorgeous husky voiced EMMA STONE then you would have watched Easy A, Zombieland and The Help – in my opinion they’re Essential Emma Stone – born in 1988 on the 6th November she made her movie debut in the 2007 comedy Superbad playing Jonah Hill’s girlfriend Jules – but it was 2009’s Zombieland playing Wichita and the delightful comedy Easy A in 2010 that catapulted Emma Stone onto the movie hot property list – in 2011 she starred in another two superb movies playing Hannah in Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Skeeter Phelan an aspiring author in the civil rights movement of the 1960s in Tate Taylor’s The Help – in 2012 she went back to her blonde roots to play Gwen Stacy in the movie remake of The Amazing Spider-Man and followed that in 2013 by re-uniting with Ryan Gosling for Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad and using her husky vocal talents in The Croods the latest Dreamworks flick – It’s nice to start our Essential Top 3 with such a wonderful young actress and with upcoming movies such as Birdman alongside Edward Norton and the Spider-Man sequel with Andrew Garfield both landing next year it’s safe to say that the film career of Emma Stone has only just got started….