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21 May 2014 @ 10:17 pm
Film Not!Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2  
This isn't really a review as that word would suggest some careful thoughts about the film. I registered not really liking the movie very much but I feel I stopped paying attention around the time Harry Osborn showed up. The hair style they gave Dane DeHaan for the role made him look so distractingly like the mirror image of Sanji from One Piece that I kept expecting him to start spinning and kicking things.


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X-parrotxparrot on May 22nd, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Ahahahahah (not even a mirror image, with Sanji's current look! http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Sanji?file=Sanji_Anime_Post_Timeskip_Infobox.png
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
Huh. Is it weird that I think it's strange we now see his left eye instead?
X-parrotxparrot on May 22nd, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
Heh, I thought it was a massive trolling, really - there was quite a lot of fic, doujinshi, etc about what was the deal with Sanji's hidden eye, so to have it be totally normal (except for the reversed eyebrow) was hilarious to me!

(if you're not up on current OP, the reason it switched is because there was a two-year time skip, everyone got new designs...Zoro only has one eye now!)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
(if you're not up on current OP, the reason it switched is because there was a two-year time skip, everyone got new designs...Zoro only has one eye now!)

Man, I need to get back into OP. I've been going in and out for years but I've been mostly out for awhile now.
X-parrotxparrot on May 22nd, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I just caught up on about a year's worth a month or two ago! It has its ups and downs, but I've been enjoying the current manga arc...
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that's the same haircut Peter Penvensie has in the first Chronicles of Narnia movie as well. And possibly the same waistcoat...

Edited at 2014-05-22 02:22 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
It's probably era-appropriate hair for Peter Penvensie. Not sure what this Harry Osborn's excuse is.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
Too much Downton Abbey?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
Harry was probably jealous of how well functioning the Crawleys were compared to his own family.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
I have seen neither Spider-Man reboot movie, so I cannot comment on this. Have they made him even more angsty than Franco!Harry?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
DeHaan!Harry is not necessarily more angsty than Franco!Harry since Franco!Harry got three films to roll out the angst while DeHaan!Harry only got this movie. And even in this movie he had a fraction of the run time to angst since there was just SO MUCH STORY to get through. Plus his reasons to angst are a little different than Franco!Harry who had more "I want to make my father proud" angst.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
Ah, so more of a 100 Metre Dash of Angst than a Marathon of Angst.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
Yeeaaaahhh....And I'm not sure which is better to be honest. I think I would have preferred the 100 Metre Dash of Angst if this movie had made more sense overall. Characterizations in general were sort of all over the place.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 02:53 am (UTC)
I was reading the review in the People Magazine a couple of weeks ago, and it seemed like the film had the age old problem of trying to cram too many villains in. I don't know they they always do that. One--good--villain is all you need.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
it seemed like the film had the age old problem of trying to cram too many villains in.

Yes, this was exactly the problem. I like Jamie Foxx and all but Electro really should have gotten cut for this story. It felt like a tag-on plot idea that didn't seem to go anywhere and didn't even hint at a larger character payoff that the Peter/Gwen and Peter & Harry friendship gone wrong story lines were angling for.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
I sometimes think comic book movies have too much material to draw from that they get overexcited and use too much. X3 suffered from this as well, trying to bring in too many characters as winks to the audience. I was really pleased by both The Avengers and Thor2 that they stuck to the one villain, and didn't try to have several team up. Especially in The Avengers, when it would have been so easy to justify it as needing enough of a crisis to form the team.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
My only criticism with the Avengers would be that it felt like there were too many heroes involved for the one villain (mainly) that they were fighting. Then again I saw this on a plane and have significantly less patience in general when I'm flying.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 03:12 am (UTC)
Well, Loki brought a shitload of aliens with him, and stole something that could blow up the world, so, the threat was big, even if Loki didn't turn out to be that big a threat in and of himself. But Loki in general isn't as much of a threat as he'd like himself to be.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)
I think it was more of a not enough jobs for everyone situation for me. Which probably accounted for why Clint was out of commission for half the film and why for a time the Avengers were mainly arguing with each other so that people got a chance to talk before Loki's alien army came down.

But Loki in general isn't as much of a threat as he'd like himself to be.

Poor Loki. If that strange situation of him, Q and Sherlock ever being locked in a room with tea were to happen, I'm sure Sherlock would make that observation.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
It is super tough to write that many characters in any scene without losing track of one. Whenever I get more than three in a scene, someone always goes quiet. I remember in the commentary Joss Whedon said he didn't have a plotline for Clint, so gave him the brainwashing one.


Poor Loki. If that strange situation of him, Q and Sherlock ever being locked in a room with tea were to happen, I'm sure Sherlock would make that observation.


I saw a gifset of Loki as deduced by Sherlock once...Ah, refreshingly easy to find this time ta-da. I think 'good' is a bit fangirl projection, but the rest is pretty accurate. Unless Sherlock is thinking 'good' as in 'talented' at...stuff.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
I might replace 'good' with 'conflicted' but other than that all the deductions are indeed pretty accurate.

Hmm. Now I kind of want a series of these gifs with other characters.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)

Hmm. Now I kind of want a series of these gifs with other characters.


Yes! And on a selfish note, I would love to see some of my OCS under Sherlock-O-vision. I feel like, for some reason, he would know more about them than I do. Even though I created them. And write him.

Characters basically do what they want, and I'm just here to type it, essentially.

I've always wanted to pit Sherlock and Cal Lightman against each other, too.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to pit Sherlock and Cal Lightman against each other, too.

Oh man. That would amazing! Words would cram themselves up on the screen they'd be so busy studying each other.

I'd be super curious of Bob from Dresden Files up against Sherlock-vision. I feel like Sherlock would have a lot of question marks flare up.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)

Oh man. That would amazing! Words would cram themselves up on the screen they'd be so busy studying each other.


Before Series Three, I had bunny about John making Sherlock go to the Lightman Group to have his named cleared for certain once he came back from the dead, but I never wrote it.

I'd be super curious of Bob from Dresden Files up against Sherlock-vision. I feel like Sherlock would have a lot of question marks flare up.

Ha! Yeah. 'He's wearing period accurate Victorian shoes, which are certainly not replicas and yet have no wear or tear on them or signs of aging...' And everyone is just staring at Sherlock while he stares at Bob, total Blue Screen of Death on his face.

Harry: It's been five minutes. Should we...?
John: I don't know. I've never been able to find the reset button.
Harry: Well, d'you wanna beer?
John: Yeah, might as well.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
Bob: Not that I couldn't stand still for all eternity but as a matter of principle I'd rather be getting onto to other tasks.

Harry: You can probably move around, go about your usual day. That should be fine, right?

John: No, that might actually make things worse. Sherlock? Sherlock?

Sherlock: ....(killer...widower...father?? unemployed???? employed??? dangerous??????)....
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Sherlock: Djaksjdlakjd.
John: Huh?
Sherlock: Er, the skull! The skull is...important...??
John: I'm sorry, I think its the jet lag. Why don't you lie down, Sherlock?
Sherlock: *whispers to John* I don't think he touches things.
John: *gently leading him away* Okay, Sherlock. Just lie down. It will be okay.

On a random note, but basically because everything leads back to our tea parties, I gave Alec his daemon today, so now we have voice and character together in one manip:

Alec Larisa

I really tried not to make her a meerkat, but the more I read about them, the more Alec had to have a meerkat.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 22nd, 2014 03:53 am (UTC)
OH GOD THESE DAEMONS ARE SO CUTE!!!

What's her name? I'm always fascinated by the names you give the daemons.

Sherlock: *whispers to John* I don't think he touches things.

I may have laughed a bit loudly at that.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 22nd, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
Her name is Larisa, which means 'laugh', in honour of Alec's smiley nature (and Tom's 'ehehehehe'). It can also mean 'citadel', which I thought suited his strong, solid side, too. I usually spend more time on the names than the animals. I like them to mean something.