Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a 22 year old, jobless, bass guitarist for band Sex Bob-omb, who has just met the girl of his dreams. But to win the heart of new found crush, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) Scott must defeat all of her seven evil exes. Can he over come the struggle to date Ramona or will he fall at the hands of an ex, or even himself?

What caught my eye with this film is that not only is it directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz) but it's completely different to any other comic book or graphic novel film production. Unlike such films as kick-ass and spiderman, Scott Pilgrim is suited to the big screen with jokes being tweaked and altered slightly with the effect of gut wrenching laughter, and moments that will play out in your head weeks after viewing such as Scott's gay roommate stalking 2nd evil ex, Lucas Lee, or the opening scene with Sex Bob-omb playing out a rift filled song before the opening credits roll.

The way in which it is all filmed is brilliant, with fast camera angles mixed in with the odd slower scene to keep viewers engaged. Also the fight scenes are choreographed to the highest of standards, with each fight being exceptionally different, making it overly entertaining to watch.

The casting choices were also fantastic. The film has more of a less well known cast of actors, but they more than lived up to their potential. Michael Cera fits the roll of Scott Pilgrim perfectly, with his dorky looks and entertaining comedic skills. Another member of the cast who impressed was Kieran Culkin in the roll of Wallis Wells because of his cut throat yet cheeky attitude.

Overall I throughly enjoyed viewing Scott Pilgrim Vs The World with it becoming one of my personal favourites. It's a great indie film and will in the future become a sure cult classic.

(I also recommend reading the graphic novels in which the film is based on, written by renowned writer Bryan Lee O'Malley. You can purchase them here at Amazon: Scott Pilgrim.)

George's score: 10/10


Friday, 3 August 2012

Next few days.

I'll be doing a few more reviews over the next few days to make up for not doing any in over 2 weeks. keep checking back to catch the new reviews,


The Amazing Spider-Man.

It's been a while since I've done a review but in a comeback, the first film I will be reviewing will be Marc Webb's refreshing take on the famed marvel comic book character, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is an outcast high school student, who after being abandoned by his parents at an early age, has been living in the care of his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). After discovering a brief case containing some of his fathers valued calculations, he becomes directed to Oscorp and the lab of his fathers former partner, Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). But after stumbling into an experiment involving specially bred spiders, Parker receives a bite from one of the arachnids, and soon starts to develop strange powers similar to those of the eight legged creatures. Although this is the least of his worries, as a new foe has risen in the form of Connors alter ego, Lizard, who is adamant on causing chaos in New York City. On top of this Parker also has to juggle his love life with his long term crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Will He be able to live up to the expectations of a modern day super hero? Or will the Crime filled city of New York get the better of him?

First off, I love Spider-Man. And when I heard the series was being rebooted, it was put straight to the top of my must watch list. It's foolish having such large expectations for a film but mine were certainly high for this fresh take on my childhood favourite.

But sadly the first 20 minutes didn't meet the high expectations I had set. The way Marc Webb had chose to depict Parker's young childhood situation was rather far fetched to say that traditionally his parents were shot dead and he was taken in by his aunt and uncle. But once he became bitten by the mutated spider, my expectations were finally met. The way comedy was mixed with action was brilliantly done, especially in the subway scene with Parker fighting a gang whilst not knowing how to control his powers, It was brilliantly choreographed and and made rather humorous with the slap stick style used in the fight scene. The whole film seemed to take a more relaxed look at Spider-Man with it more being based on catch phrases and comedy based fight scenes, which seemed to work better than making the film all dark and gloomy with the example of the previous 3 Spider-Man films.

The acting from the cast was superb! Andrew Garfield is living up to being a fantastic actor. The way he presented himself and how he followed threw in the more emotional scenes was excellent, proving that he's bound to become a household acting name in the future. Another actor who I believe to have made an impression in this film was none other that Rhys Ifans. he's perceived to be more of a gentle, comedic actor in his previous roles, and it was nice to see aspects of that style of acting, but it was refreshing to see him in more of a darker role as a comic book villain. Emma Stone also impressed as the affection of Peter Parker, with her acting in a new, more romantic style to what she's accustom with.

Overall I enjoyed This new take on the Spider-man series, but still feel the first 20 minutes of the film could have been a little bit better. But, I do prefer this recent reboot to the previous spider-man films with Toby Maguire.

George's score: 8/10

Sophie's score: 8/10