Amazing Spider-Man

Sequel Special Upodcast: The Raid 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spiderman 2

Back in the chair this week we have Asim and Martin discussing some of the latest sequels.  Asim also talks about the english dubbed version of HayaoMiyazaki’s last ever film, The Wind Rises (In Uk Theaters since Friday)!

Here’s the trailer because of all the pretty:

On a much less pleasant note, Martin has been indulging his horror movies taking in Lucio Fulci’s City of the living dead, Lamberto Bava’s Demons (complete with Billy Idol sound track) and most famously of all, Ruggero Deodato’s celebrated (really?) and banned for years, Cannibal Holocaust.

First up The Raid 2 – a mindblowing sequel to Gareth Evans’ Raid that delivers what it says.  Never thought an Indonesian movie would sell out a theatre on a Friday night, but this one proves the exception to that vague rule.  We satisfy our appetite for superheroes next with Captain America: Winter Soldier.  A thriller within a superhero film most would argue second time round is best with this one – so what’s going to happen when Chris Evans retires?  Lastly we talk about The Amazing Spiderman 2.  You’ll know from our podcast 2 years ago that we loved the first / re-boot, but does this one have the legs to make it a hat-trick of super-sequels?

 

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The Amazing Spiderman Review Upodcast

Not just a pretty face

New Episode Of UPODCAST is LIVE: One the most recognisable and enduring of the Marvel super-heroes, Spiderman, makes a welcome return to our big screens with Mark Webber’s The Amazing Spiderman.  Upod shines its bright light on Hollywood’s most recent re-boot and asks “is the re-boot too soon?” and how it compares to the Sam Raimi beasts that precede it.  We take a closer look at the inner workings of the film and some hints of that follow.

Andrew Garfield picks up Tobey Maguire’s nerdy baton and then proceeds to throw it away; eschewing shyness for a more assertive role.  And things are the same for Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacey – given far more sass than Kirsten Dunst ever was.  Once again we return to the Brits for bad-guy inspiration, with Rhys Ifans‘ Dr Curt Connors terrorising New York as The Lizard.

In addition to those leads, the casting also includes Josiah Bartlet and Sally Field as Peter Parker’s uncle and aunt and Denis Leary as Chief of Police (& Gwen’s father).  That’s a bloody decent set of parents and we haven’t even mentioned Irfan Khan’s somewhat under used and shady Dr Ratha.  More of him to follow in the next two installments?  It would be good to see.

So, what lies in store?  A good, but not great, blockbuster that has been re-shaped into something that we at Upod thought should have been all along.  There’s enough to keep all but the harshest critics happy and the makers have sewn the seeds for the next two parts.  Not as innovative as the Christopher Nolan Batman Begins re-make, The Amazing Spiderman nevertheless ticks all the right boxes and gives us a film more grounded in our reality than before.

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