Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Review (Updated)









The Dark Knight Rises


Release Date: 19th July 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
DC Comics
DC Entertainment
Legendary Pictures
Syncopy

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 165 minutes


Budget: $230,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,084,439,099
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Batman is called upon
again when an evil terrorist
named Bane arrives in
Gotham City, intent on
destroying it.


Cast
Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne/
Batman
Tom Hardy - Bane
Anne Hathaway - Selina Kyle/
Catwoman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - John Blake
Michael Caine - Alfred Pennyworth
Gary Oldman - Comissioner
James Gordon
Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
Marion Cotillard - Miranda Tate
Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan Crane
Liam Neeson - Ra's Al Ghul
Josh Pence - Young Ra's Al Ghul
Nestor Carbonell - Mayor
Anthony Garcia
Juno Temple - Jen
Ben Mendelsohn - John Daggett
Matthew Modine - Peter Foley
Burn Gorman - Philip Stryver
Alon Abutbul - Leonid Pavel
Juno Temple - Jen
Daniel Sunjata - Mark Jones
Chris Ellis - Father Reilly
Brett Cullen - Byron Gilley

Crew
Story/Screenplay/Producer/
Director - Christopher Nolan
Based on Batman Characters - Bob Kane
Story - David S. Goyer
Screenplay - Jonathan Nolan
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager -
Kevin De La Noy
Executive Producers - Benjamin Melniker, 
Michael Uslan & Thomas Tull 
Producers - Charles Roven & Emma Thomas
Co-Producer - Jordan Goldberg
Production Designers - Nathan Crowley & 
Kevin Kavanaugh
Costume Designer - Lindy Hemming
Director of Photography - Wally Pfister
Special Effects Supervisor - Chris Corbould
Visual Effects Supervisor - Paul J. Franklin
Film Editor - Lee Smith
Music - Hans Zimmer


Review
While it still carries some loyalty to the Batman comic series and ingenious writing, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES was sophisticated but a little bit shocking and it definitely runs as second best to the last movie THE DARK KNIGHT (click here). Where do I start with this unbelievable superhero picture, the portrayal of the villain Bane is better than the one in BATMAN & ROBIN (click here) because he is more menacing and intelligent. Tom Hardy is appropriate for playing the masked brute that we know from the Batman comic issues and cartoons. I praise Anne Hathaway's performance as Catwoman and she does it differently than Michelle Pfeiffer's dark and villainous interpretation and the continued acting by Christian Bale of which is fairly similar to his previous acting in the last two Batman movies.

All I can say is step aside Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan is in the house and I don't know whether to say that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is either the third or final film instalment to this masterpiece trilogy. It must be a conclusion to the shadowy masked hero character.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


Friday, 27 July 2012

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Review (Updated)









Batman: Mask of the Phantasm


Release Date: 25th December 1993 - USA


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 73 minutes


Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $5,617,391
(USA)


Plot Summary
When the city's most feared
gangsters are systematically
eliminated, the Caped
Crusader is blamed. But
prowling the Gotham night
is a shadowy new villain,
the Phantasm, a sinister
figure with some link to
Batman's past. Can the
Dark Knight elude the
police, capture the Phantasm
and clear his name?


Voice Cast 
Kevin Conroy - Bruce Wayne/Batman
Mark Hamill - The Joker
Dana Delany - Andrea Beaumont
Hart Bochner - Arthur Reeves
Stacy Keach - The
Phantasm/Carl Beaumont
Abe Vigoda - Salvatore Valestra
Dick Miller - Charles "Chuckie"
Sol
John P. Ryan - Buzz Bronski
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - Alfred
Pennyworth
Bob Hastings - Commissioner
James Gordon
Robert Contanzo - Detective
Harvey Bullock

Crew
Co-Producer/Digital Animator/
Background Stylist/Director -
Eric Radomski
Co-Producer/Character/
Storyboard Designer/Director -
Bruce W. Timm
Based on Batman Characters -
Bob Kane
Character: The Joker - Jerry
Robinson (Uncredited)
Story/Screenplay/Co-Producer -
Alan Burnett
Producer - Benjamin Melniker
Background Design Supervisor -
Ted Blackman
Film Editor - Al Breitenbach
Phantasm Voice Design/Re-
Recording Mixer - Wayne
Artman
Synthesist - Hans Zimmer
Music - Shirley Walker


Review
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM had excellent 2D animation, sharp artwork and a very intelligent script that deals with flashbacks and romance, I am pleased that this superhero film had worked out so well as a heck of an extraordinary masterpiece. The things that I give praise to is the voice dialogue including Kevin Conroy who does a brilliant job for the Caped Crusader and so does Mark Hamill for the Joker and a few impressive scenes including the part of a flashback where Bruce Wayne puts on the mask as Batman for the very first time which is something that the live-action movies didn't show.

Although MASK OF THE PHANTASM is my favourite animated film, I still have to say the best BATMAN movie of all is THE DARK KNIGHT (click here), this incarnation is very complex and serious and its a must-see for the fans of the comic book.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever



Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The Dark Knight Review (Updated)











The Dark Knight


Release Date: 16th July 2008 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Legendary Pictures
DC Comics
Syncopy

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 152 minutes


Budget: $185,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,004,558,444
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
With the help of Lt. Jim
Gordon and District
Attorney Harvey Dent,
Batman sets out to destroy
organized crime for good.
The triumvirate proves
effective, but soon find
themselves prey to a
rising criminal mastermind
known as the Joker, who
thrusts Gotham into anarchy
and forces Batman closer
to crossing the fine line
between hero and vigilante.


Cast
Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne/
Batman
Heath Ledger - The Joker
Aaron Eckhart - Harvey Dent/
Two Face
Michael Caine - Alfred Pennyworth
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman - James Gordon
Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
Eric Roberts - Sal Maroni 
Ng Chin Han - Lau
Colin McFarlane - Gillian B. Loeb
Michael Jai White - Gambol
Ritchie Coster - The Chechen
Nestor Carbonell - Mayor
Anthony Garcia
Keith Szarabajka - Det. Gerard Stephens
Joshua Harto - Coleman Reese
Monique Gabriela Curnen -
Anna Ramirez
Ron Dean - Det. Michael Wuertz
Melinda McGraw - Barbara Gordon
Nathan Gamble - James Gordon, Jr,
Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan
Crane/Scarecrow (Cameo)
William Fichtner - Bank Manager

Crew
Story/Screenplay/Producer/
Director - Christopher Nolan
Based on Characters - Bob Kane
Story - David S. Goyer
Screenplay - Jonathan Nolan
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Kevin De La Noy
Executive Producers - Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan & Thomas Tull
Producers - Lorne Orleans
(IMAX Version), Charles
Roven & Emma Thomas
Production Designer - Nathan Crowley
Costume Design - Lindy Hemming
Prosthetics Supervisor - Conor O'Sullivan
Make-Up Artist: Heath Ledger - John Caglione Jr.
Director of Photography - Wally Pfister
Special Effects Supervisor - Chris Corbould
Film Editor - Lee Smith
Visual Effects Supervisor - Nick Davis
Visual Effects Supervisor: Framestore - Timothy Webber
Visual Effects Supervisor: Double Negative - 
Paul J. Franklin
Music - James Newton Howard
& Hans Zimmer


Awards

2009 Academy Awards
Best Sound Editing - Richard King (Won)
Best Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger (Won)
(Posthumously)
----------------
Best Art Direction - Nathan Crowley &
Peter Lando (Nominated)
Best Cinematography - Wally Pfister
(Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Lee Smith (Nominated)
Best Make-Up - John Caglione Jr &
Conor O'Sullivan (Nominated)
Best Sound Mixing - Lora Hirschberg,
Gary Rizzo & Ed Novick (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - Nick Davis, Chris
Corbould, Timothy Webber & Paul
J. Franklin (Nominated)


Review
An ultimate continuation to the last Batman movie by the now notable director Chris Nolan, THE DARK KNIGHT is perhaps a vividly-perfect comic book picture and the most faithful of the Batman series. Due to being more serious and dramatic than its predecessor of BATMAN BEGINS (click here). It even has tension and action to satisfy the lovers of the popcorn movie blockbusters. 

The acting was so brilliant, particularly Aaron Eckhart who plays the tragic Harvey Dent aka Two-Face and the late Heath Ledger who delivered a tremendous job of playing Batman's dark, twisted and sadistic foe The Joker. It's funny how Eckhart did a real brooding impression of Two-Face more so than Tommy Lee Jones on BATMAN FOREVER (click here). Jones lacked what the character needs is that he has this experience of less hammier acting to match his vengeful personality. It's so sad that Heath tragically died just several months before the film was released in that same year. I think would fair to say that fans would have loved to see him return to his character in the next instalment.

All I need to say about THE DARK KNIGHT is that I really, really loved it and it's not only the best movie of 2008. It is the best Batman movie adaptation which has had the biggest following from fan-base and non-fans to date from all the released Batman interpretations.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Ice Age: Continental Drift Review









Ice Age: Continental Drift


Release Date: 28th June 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Blue Sky Studios

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 92 minutes


Budget: $95,000,000

Box Office Gross: $877,244,782
(Worldwide)



Plot Summary
Manny, Diego, and Sid 
set out on their greatest 
adventure an entire 
continent is set adrift. 
Separated from the rest 
of their pals, they're 
launched on an epic 
seafaring quest, using an 
iceberg as a makeshift ship.
Manny and the gang are 
challenged to become 
heroes and do the 
impossible as they 
encounter exotic sea 
creatures, explore a brave 
new world, and battle 
ruthless pirates. Meanwhile, 
Scrat's reunion with his 
cursed nut launches him to 
places no prehistoric 
squirrel has gone before.


Voice Cast
Ray Romano - Manny
John Leguizamo - Sid
Denis Leary - Diego
Queen Latifah - Ellie
Seann William Scott - Crash
Josh Peck - Eddie
Chris Wedge - Scrat
Keke Palmer - Peaches
Jennifer Lopez - Shira
Peter Dinklage - Captain Gutt
Wanda Sykes - Granny
Josh Gad - Louis
Drake - Ethan
Aziz Ansari - Squint
Nicki Minaj - Steffie
Rebel Wilson - Raz
Joy Behar - Eunice
Nick Frost - Flynn
Heather Morris - Katie
Alan Tudyk - Milton

Crew
Directors - Steve Martino &
Mike Thurmeier
Screenplay - Michael Berg &
Jason Fuchs
Producers - John C. Donkin
& Lori Forte
Character Designer - Peter DeSeve
Cinematography - Renato Falcao
Film Editors - James Palumbo &
David Ian Salter
Music - John Powell


Review
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT still has the witty value of hilarious laughter, particularly the antics of that nut-chasing saber-toothed squirrel Scrat, but it's close of keeping up with the previous ICE AGE movies including the first one in my case. The voice acting of the sequel is still good, especially from the old stars like Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo and newcomers like Wanda Sykes who does Sid's granny and Jennifer Lopez for the female saber-toothed tiger Shira.

It is expected ICE AGE 4 will be the last of the animated film series, although it looks like there is a possibility of a sequel. But it's still an entertaining and good ICE AGE movie that everyone will probably enjoy.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie



Thursday, 19 July 2012

Batman Begins Review (Updated)












Batman Begins


Release Date: 16th June 2005 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Syncopy
DC Comics
Legendary Pictures (Uncredited)
Palatex Productions

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 140 minutes


Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $374,218,673
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
After his parents' murder,
disillusioned heir Bruce
Wayne travels the world
seeking the means to fight
injustice. With the help of
his trusted butler Alfred,
detective Jim Gordon and
his ally Lucius Fox, Wayne
returns to Gotham and
unleashes his alter-ego:
Batman, a masked crusader
who uses strength, intellect
and high-tech weaponry to
fight evil.


Cast
Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne/
Batman
Gus Lewis - Young Bruce Wayne
Michael Caine - Alfred Pennyworth
Liam Neeson - Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes - Rachel Dawes
Emma Lockhart - Young Rachel
Dawes
Gary Oldman - Sgt. James Gordon
Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan
Crane/The Scarecrow
Tom Wilkinson - Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hager - William Earle
Ken Watanabe - Ra's Al Ghul
Mark Boone Junior - Det. Arnold Flass
Larry Holden - Carl Finch
Colin McFarlane - Gillian B. Loeb
Gus Lewis - Young Bruce Wayne
Emma Lockhart - Young Rachel
Dawes
Linus Roache - Thomas Wayne
Sara Stewart - Martha Wayne
Richard Brake - Joe Chill
Tim Booth - Victor Zsasz
Gerard Murphy - Judge Faden
Rade Serbedzjia - Homeless Man
Jack Gleeson - Little Boy

Crew
Screenplay/Director -
Christopher Nolan
Based on Characters - Bob Kane
Story/Screenplay - David S. Goyer
Executive Producers - Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan
Producers - Larry J. Franco, Charles Roven,
Emma Thomas & Lorne Orleans (IMAX Version)
Production Designer - Nathan Crowley
Costume Designer - Lindy Hemming
Director of Photography - Wally Pfister
Visual Effects Supervisor: Double Negative -
Paul J. Franklin
Visual Effects Supervisors - Dan Glass & Janek Sirrs
Film Editor - Lee Smith
Music - James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer


Awards

2006 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography - Wally Pfister (Nominated)


Review
BATMAN BEGINS unlike the original Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher series has a sense of realism and seemed to be disturbing and brutal where the last two Batman films were comical and suitable for people of young ages. Christopher Nolan's portrayal is dark and violent, what makes this film is how the director uses dark colouring in his sets accompanied by a serious soundtrack by James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer. Though the acting of Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson and Gary Oldman were quite exceptional. I feel Christian Bale's performance as Batman was perfectly suited for him which is made apparent in the way he displays a sense of heroism and physical form which is crucial for the Dark Knight.

BATMAN BEGINS was a good start of a new film series for the caped crusader, but it was appreciated by fans and it will be for the newer ones as it explains what happened before he became Batman and the journey he took in becoming the one that we all idolise.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Batman Returns Review (Updated)









Batman Returns


Release Date: 19th June 1992 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (produced in
association with)


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 126 minutes


Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $266,822,354
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Having defeated The Joker, 
Batman now faces The 
Penguin – a warped and 
deformed individual
intent on being accepted 

into Gotham society. The 
plot is further complicated 
by Selina Kyle, a wronged 
secretary who transforms 
into the slinky, mysterious 
Catwoman.


Cast
Michael Keaton - Bruce Wayne/
Batman
Danny DeVito - Oswald
Cobblepot/The Penguin
Michelle Pfeiffer - Selina Kyle/
Catwoman
Christopher Walken - Max Shreck
Michael Gough - Alfred Pennyworth
Michael Murphy - The Mayor
Cristi Conaway - The Ice Princess
Andrew Bryniarski - Charles
'Chip' Shreck
Pat Hingle - Commissioner Gordon
Vincent Schiavelli - Organ Grinder
Anna Katarina - Poodle Lady
Paul Ruebens - Penguin's Father (Cameo)
Diane Salinger - Penguin's Mother (Cameo)

Crew
Producer/Director - Tim Burton
Based on Batman Characters/
Project Consultant - Bob Kane
Screenplay - Daniel Walters
Executive Producers - Peter Guber, Jon Peters, Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan
Producer - Denise Di Novi
Co-Producer - Larry J. Franco
Production Designer - Bo Welch
Costume Designers - Bob
Ringwood & Mary E. Vogt
Special Penguin Make-Up &
Effects Producer - Stan Winston
Director of Photography - Stefan Czapsky
Visual Effects Supervisor - Michael L. Fink
Visual Effects Supervisor: Boss Film - John Bruno
Visual Effects Supervisor: Matte World - Craig Barron
Film Editors - Bob Badami & Chris Lebenzon
Music - Danny Elfman


Awards

1993 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - Michael L. Fink, Craig Barron,
John Bruno & Dennis Skotak (Nominated)
Best Makeup - Ve Neill, Ronnie Specter &
Stan Winston (Nominated)


Review
BATMAN RETURNS is the first sequel of a Batman movie and is good, yet surprisingly darker than the first film (click here), thanks to the vision of its director Tim Burton and it stays true to the comics for what it is today. In the sequel, the story was clever but well-written and it has good acting from Danny DeVito and Christopher Walken. The movie's real stand-out performer was Michelle Pfeiffer who does a wonderful job of playing Catwoman because she's the kitty who was born for this role.

This is the second and last Batman feature that was ever directed by Burton before he was replaced by Joel Schumacher in the third and is almost the best one that is ever been made.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Black Lightning Review








Black Lightning


Release Date: 21st September 2010 -
Australia (DVD)


Production Companies
Bazelevs Production


Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 100 minutes


Budget: $15,000,000


Plot Summary
A student’s life turns
upside down when he
discovers the battered
old car his father gave
him can fly… After
his entire world falls
apart he makes a choice
and shoots from zero to
hero as a crime fighter
known as “Black
Lightning”. Little does
he know that evil forces
are watching, they want
the incredible car, and
will stop at nothing to
get it, even if it means
killing him and
destroying the city.


Cast
Grigori Dobrigin - Dimitriy
Maykov/Black Lighting
Ekaterina Vilkova - Nastya Svetlova
Viktor Verzhbitsky - Prof. Viktor Kuptsov
Sergei Garmash - Pavel Maykov
Elena Valyushkina - Nastasia Maykova
Katia Starshova - Tania Maykova
Ivan Zhidkov - Maxim
Igor Savochkin - Boria Ivanovich
Valeri Zolotukhin - Pavel Perepelkin
Ekaterina Vasilieva - Olga Romantseva

Crew
Director - Dmitriy Kiselev
Based on Idea/Director/
Creative Producer -
Aleksandr Voytinskiy
Based on Idea/Writer/
Editor - Dmitriy Aleynikov
Based on Idea/Creative
Producer - Mikhail
Vrubel
Writer - Aleksandr Talal
Participation - Rostislav
Kriviskiy & Vladimir Neklyudov
Producers - Timur
Bekmanbetov & Iva
Stromilova
Production Designer - Mariya
Turskaya
Cinematography - Sergey Trofimov
Stunt Driver - Martin Ivanov
Stunt Coordinator - Viktor Ivanov
Visual Effects Supervisors - Pavel Donatov,
Oleksandr Kucherov, Oleksii Moskalenko &
Dmitriy Tokoyakov
Film Editor - Ilya Lebedev
Music - Yuriy Poteenko


Review
As I expect from BLACK LIGHTNING, it wasn't a bad superhero movie, in fact, it was similar to the first SPIDER MAN movie (click here) and it was something original that viewers haven't experienced before. I really liked the concept of the flying car and how through the film, the car becomes its own character. I am surprised that the whole film was made in Russia, in that being not quite as technologically advanced as Hollywood filmmakers, they would have had to be very resourceful and efficient, this point is clear when we look at the tiny budget of just 15 mill. 

Another underrated rare movie, BLACK LIGHTNING deserves more credit than it was given. I should mention that you have to watch this film in subtitles or English language on DVD.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Saturday, 14 July 2012

In Memory of Richard D. Zanuck (1934-2012) (Updated)






Richard D. Zanuck (1934-2012)

Hey, this is Film Guru Lad 
here, I've some sad news,
Richard D. Zanuck, the man 
who is responsible for 
producing 'Jaws', 'Cocoon' 
& 'Driving Miss Daisy' has 
died of a heart-attack at 
the age of 77. 

He was born in Los Angeles, 
California and is the son of 
actress Virginia Fox and the 
legendary head of 20th Century
Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck. He 
studied at Stanford University and began his career at the movie industry working for the story department of 20th Century Fox. The first picture that Richard had produced in 1959 was 'Compulsion', then in the 60s he became president of Fox; one year of his tenure. After disastrous failures like the 1967 version of 'Doctor Doolittle', Richard was later forced out from the studio and then joined Warner Bros. as Executive Vice President and one year later in 1972, he joined with David Brown to form an independent production company called The Zanuck/Brown Company at Universal Pictures. The two men had begun with 'The Sting' and produced both of Steven Spielberg's early movies with the latter would be 'Jaws'. They produced such box-office hits as 'Cocoon' and 'Driving Miss Daisy' before ending their partnership in 1988. In 1990 they were jointly award the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In six times he worked with director Tim Burton, beginning with the 2001 remake of 'Planet of the Apes' to the latest picture 'Dark Shadows'. He is survived by his wife Lili Fini Zanuck and his children from his previous marriages including Dean and Harrison.


Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man Review (Updated)











The Amazing Spider-Man 


Release Date: 4th July 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Columbia Pictures (presents)
Laura Ziskin Productions
Marvel Enterprises
Marvel Studios

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 136 minutes


Budget: $230,000,000

Box Office Gross: $757,930,663
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When his parents leave young
Peter Parker to stay with his
uncle and aunt, little does he
realize he'll never see them
again. When he reaches his
high school years, Peter is
accidentally bitten by a
radioactive spider in a lab
and discovers he's been
given super human abilities.



Cast
Andrew Garfield - Peter Parker/
Spider-Man
Max Charles - Young Peter Parker
Emma Stone - Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans - Dr. Curt Connors/
Lizard
Denis Leary - Captain George
Stacy
Martin Sheen - Ben Parker
Sally Field - May Parker
Irrfhan Khan - Dr. Rajit Ratha
Chris Zylka - Flash Thompson
Campbell Scott - Richard Parker
Embeth Davidtz - Mary Parker

Crew
Director - Marc Webb
Based on Marvel Comic Book/
Executive Producer - Stan Lee
Based on Marvel Comic Book -
Steve Ditko
Story/Screenplay - James
Vanderbilt
Screenplay - Alvin Sargent &
Steve Kloves
Producers - Avi Arad, Matthew
Tolmach & Laura Ziskin
Production Designer - J. Michael Riva
Costume Designer - Kym Barrett
Cinematography - John Schwartzman
Fight Choreographer/Coordinator/Stunt Performer -
Gary Ray Stearns
Visual Effects Supervisors - Jerome Chen &
Jim Rygiel
3D Visual Effects Supervisor - Rob Engle
Film Editors - Alan Edward Bell,
Michael McCusker & Pietro Scalia
Music - James Horner


Review
Quite different to the concept of the comic book series and to the Sam Raimi film version (click here) and sequels, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a great reboot, but a little bit scary, probably darker and often gets dramatic. This superhero picture introduced two characters which are Peter Parker's missing parents that were not in the previous movies. The cast was well-chosen including Andrew Garfield who plays the title character and does better than the original actor Tobey Maguire and I'm glad that they finally brought the Lizard to the big screen with Rhys Ifans playing that villainous reptile.

While it has some loyalty to the source material, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN proved to be a terrific restart to the movie franchise and that the audience or any fan of Spider Man might wanna see it.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie