"Batman at 75"

Vector illustration tribute

"Andres Bonifacio" mural by Doppel, a Japanese live painting duo. This mural is found at Bonifacio High Street Central.

Floating pastry/food display

(Almost) odd one out. 

Happy Independence Day Philippines!

Saw these Aeta kids on our way out of the Mt. Pinatubo trail to Barangay Sapangbato. Seeing their genuine smiles was really heartwarming.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was not as satisfying as its predecessor.

Peter Parker(Andrew Garfield) has returned in a sequel of struggling between his human obligations and responsibilities as Spider-Man. In this sequel, everything has become much more complicated when new villains, Electro(Jamie Foxx) and Harry Osborn(Dane DeHaan), seek revenge against him and putting Gwen Stacy’s(Emma Stone) life at stake.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was not so amazing. The film was too long and sluggishly paced. It did not fail to provide the audience a weightier story but  they just had to take back the weight at the end. Also, you may have to suspend your own suspension of disbelief because of the massive marketing of Sony. It also lacked the action that fans are looking for because it put too much time on the development of the emotional Peter Parker.

Garfield did great in portraying Peter Parker. He has now made the character his own. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy was sensible, promising and adorable. They have this chemistry that isn’t just visually appealing but also, emotionally connecting. The performances of the actors were pretty much sincere and strong at the same time. I appreciate how the Webb managed to put a lot of emotion to the film and reach the audience straight to their hearts.

The CGI, animation and special effects were undeniably outstanding and thrilling. I find the sound scoring really creative and interesting but they overdid some parts with a lot of beats that don’t coincide much with the scene. Cinematography was a little familiar too because it isn’t far from the past Spider-Man franchise.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had too many subplots that it never made an entirely substantial story. Even though, Foxx was really watchable and Dane DeHaan was excellent, you’ll still kind of have a divided interest between Electro and Green Goblin; and the impact of their character wasn’t as strong as it had been in the beginning. There’s too much going on in the entire film, I never had a chance to grasp it all too well and it failed to achieve the balance between the emotion and action.

Although, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has not improved much and it isn’t distinct from the past Spider-Man franchise, it is overall entertaining. It is humorous and has a straightforward storytelling. The audience will still be able to find something that they like after sitting for more than 2 hours of slowly paced story. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is entirely interesting and enjoyable.

Happy Labor Day!