The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Sometimes, in films, there are those ‘wow’ moments, that completely stun me with an overpowering sense of awe and I have only ever experienced them a few times. Once, in Iron Man 2 with ‘Suitcase Suit’, another time with Iron Man again, in the Avengers jumping out of the window, and a third time while watching Ghost Rider 2 where I remembered that I wasn’t under any kind of contract to finish watching the film and could just turn it off. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had two of those moments. (Two of the ‘cool’ moments not two of the exact moments I just listed. Iron Man isn’t in Spider-Man 2 and I really don’t have the authority to buy a cinema ticket and halfway through demand that the film be stopped. Though in the case of Ghost Rider 2 the rest of the audience might have cheered had I done that). I don’t want to spoil the film so I’ll just say these moments happen when Aunt May dies. That was a joke. They happen long before she dies. I jest more. The first scene was the Times Square scene in slow motion and the other was the very last scene in the film. I won’t reveal anything about the scenes to those who haven’t seen it, but, in a very literal sense, they made my jaw drop.
And that’s why end of year reviews should always be taken seriously.
Or, thinking about it…just watch both. You’ve probably go time to watch both films at some point; you could always watch Spider-Man when you’re having a break from your Nobel Prize winning research.
But to actually talk about the film for a second, or not talk about it seeing as it's a film that’s hard to describe without giving too much away. It’s definitely an intense film to watch, a bit like gravity. There was a point in the story, pre-space, that I was worried that I had once again been misled by a trailer and actually most of the film would be spent on earth, but it quickly picked up the pace and I wasn’t at all disappointed. It was very spacey and very good.
The Take Off and Landing of Everything, Elbow
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack, VA
Ha, I fooled you! There absolutely is more! I had seen a vfx breakdown of a short clip of the film before seeing it in the cinema and thought the theme music sounded great. I’d had previous success in listening to the Man of Steel soundtrack (another Hans Zimmer composition), which was quite a discovery for me, having never really been compelled to listen to film soundtracks before, so I sought out the album via Spotify. It didn’t disappoint and I listened to it repeatedly before seeing the film. I’m not going to describe the music, because no one sounds good describing sounds (remember when I described an album as sounding like autumn?), but if you like Hans, I’d wager that you’ll like this too. And it was strange how much better the film seemed, already knowing the soundtrack. When a favourite track started I knew it was going to be a good scene because the music was emotive enough that when listening to it beforehand I had already imagined what it might accompany.
Sheezus, Lily Allen
Agents of Shield
I was unsure about mentioning GTA in the awards, what with it often being brought up in the news as being controversial and morally questionable. Of course, there’s all the stealing and the violent rampages that you can take part in, I’m not really bothered by that. It’s the fact in this modern age where we’ve abolished corruption, famine and war from our society we still allow a game to use Roman Numerals in the title. Using I’s, V’s and even X’s?! How we allow this to go on I don’t really know.
Don’t even get me started on Final Fantasy XIIVMMMIC&$£ Part MMIVV~# or whatever number they're on now (maybe I’d be able to tell if they used REAL numbers). I think the media needs to get a grip and start focusing on this issue, something which actually matters in society…
Weird, that was almost like a proper review or something.
Happy New Year.