Sunday, July 1, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (6/24/12 - 6/30/12)

Die Nibelungen Part II: Kriemhild's Revenge (Fritz Lang) ***1/2 - This is the second part of Fritz Lang's two-part epic fantasy saga. It picks up where the first one left off -- SPOILER WARNING -- after Siegfried's death, his wife Kriemhild vows revenge on his murderer, but there are complications resulting in much bloodshed. Action sequences and special effects in older movies often tend to impress me a bit more because they do not have modern technologies at their disposal. This is no different. There are some really spectacular battle scenes here and the entire thing plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy. As a whole, I feel the saga is Lang's warm-up to Metropolis but it's still a hell of a warm-up.

The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc Webb) *** - I'm not the biggest fan of the Sam Raimi films. (I mean I liked them well enough but I didn't think they were anything outstanding or special) but even I thought a reboot was too soon. That aside, I still went in with an open mind since I really liked the cast (better than the Raimi films). Overall, I say it's a pretty darn good but far from perfect effort. First off, Andrew Garfield makes for a far more appealing Peter Parker/Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire. Another improvement is the fact that Spider-Man looks a bit more organic. I always felt the Raimi ones looked a bit CGi-esque and therefore a little less believable. I think this would be a far bigger hit and far bigger praise if the Raimi films didn't exist.

3 comments:

Mark said...

I'm quite interested in the new Spiderman. I heard once that they were originally going to make seven movies so I was quite surprised when they stopped after three.

I also get impressed by old effects, especially when they're done good. I don't know if there are many people left who have that kind of ingenuity.

YeamieWaffles said...

I really wasn't keen on the previous Spider-Man films myself buddy so I was glad to hear it's been rebooted, can't wait to watch it. Great roundup as usual man.

Adam said...

The new spiderman is out?