The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Sony – Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper. Full cast + crew
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is certainly the biggest punching bag of this year’s superhero movies. It’s silly, it’s simple and it’s glossy. And while I’d never argue that it’s better than Captain America 2 or even X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s an acceptable, occasionally exceptional, overall enjoyable comic book movie that isn’t afraid to be absurd.
There’s a reason younger crowds will embrace this more than adults, because it is indeed that much closer to a Saturday-morning-cartoon vibe, but for the grown-ups out there, there are a few interesting moments that elevate it. Jamie Foxx’s Electro being drawn from The Invisible Man (the novel, not the classic monster) is perhaps one of the most interesting parallels a superhero movie has ever made. And the ending packs a fairly emotional punch, too.
So, if you’ve been afraid of the bad buzz, maybe give it a shot. It’s not a disaster, so that’s a plus.
Other Notable New Releases
It’s a good week to like horror movies. In the big animated releases this week are horror tinged. Toy Story of Terror is a delightful Halloween special that’s certainly worth watching for any fans of the franchise. But if you want some more big-boy stuff, you can turn to Only Lovers Left Alive, one of the best films of 2014 so far. Don’t expect this vampire movie starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton to be a horror fest, though. It rather elegantly (and comedically) uses their affliction to tell a beautiful, macabre story about two lovers drifting through a world that doesn’t deserve to have special beasts like them in it.
If you want something a bit more grim, scan your store shelves for a copy of Ti West’s The Sacrament. This is nothing like his last two movies (The Innkeepers and The House of the Devil), and instead becomes a horrifying portrait of how good people can be lured into the promise of a better life by a smooth talker. This is real-world horror, and it’s wonderfully acted and unforgettable.
For more mainstream horror, you can look to The Quiet Ones, the latest movie from the reborn Hammer Films, which was recently responsible for The Woman in Black. It’s not quite as impressive as that one was, but if you like horror that’ll make you jump every now and then, go for it.
Lastly we have the Blu-ray debut of Leviathan, the 1989 horror movie answer to James Cameron’s The Abyss. I’ve always had a soft spot for this movie, that sticks a great cast in an underwater, Alien-esque scenario of a blue-collar crew trapped in their workplace with an unknown monster. It’s still got some cool, practical effects that stand up well even a few decades later. Plus, the sincerity of it all will make you wish Hollywood still got behind horror movies this elaborate.
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