As things go we decided to do two movie reviews this month as the theaters were finally starting to heat up. Our attention was glued on action movies once again and two of our opening salvoes centered on The Amazing Spiderman and Godzilla. Both reviews were done on matinee schedules so that we did not have to fight the crowds.
For the ‘Spiderman’ movie we attended the Regal Cinema Theater in Manassas, Virginia. Here the theater was easily accessible and the seats were very comfortable. We had split feelings about this movie. My son favored this movie as the lead actor, Andrew Garfield, was more true to form then his predecessor, Tobey Maguire. Tobey superseded this role and performed excellently in the film Ride with the Devil in 1999. I believe that the Civil War Western brought out his finer qualities.
The new film, with Garfield in the lead, showed a more brash Peter Parker, and that detail was more in tune with Stan Lee’s written caricature of his graphic novels. Stan did appear, as always, in a cameo role for this film. The film was action packed and will be very successful in its after-market ventures. There will most likely be a boost in toy sales for it.
I felt that the film catered to a much younger audience and we both thought that some of the fight scenes were too short. Emma Stone, who played Garfield’s main squeeze Gwen Stacy, did an excellent job and this added to the film’s quality.
We then followed this by viewing Godzilla at the Rave Cinema in Centreville, Virginia. The theater was much older than the Regal Cinema, and the seats were shorter on the viewer’s back, and therefore quite uncomfortable. As for the film, it was quite an improvement on earlier versions shot strictly in Japan. The acting was great and the special effects were superb. My son felt that the fight scenes between the film’s giant adversaries were too short , but I felt that they were appropriate as the film centered on the characters that the actors portrayed. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston performed well and made the storyline believable. Watanabe had starred in The Last Samurai and fit his role nicely. Cranston and Johnson played a great father and son team and gave the film substance.
We both recommend that our readers see these movies and they would also be great additions to your DVD collections when they become available.