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Movie review: Ted & Spiderman

Published 9:16am Thursday, July 26, 2012

At least once a year, we have one comedy film that is epic. In 2011 we had “Bridesmaids;” now in 2012 we have “Ted.”

“Ted” is by one of the dirtiest, foul-mouthed, messed up movies ever. But in a great way! So many aspects of the film make it great.

With the idea of “Ted” coming from the hilarious Seth Macfarlane, we already knew this was going to be comedy gold. But Macfarlane far surpassed anything he’s done with this movie.

When it opens, we are introduced to John, a young unpopular child who all he wants for Christmas is a best friend. Once he gets a Teddy bear, he makes a wish and the next morning his Teddy comes to life to become his best friend forever.

Growing up, John (Mark Wahlberg) finds the love of his life, Lori (Mila Kunis), and Ted is getting in the way of their relationship. Ted then moves out, and it becomes even more of a problem because John still wants to see Ted. After Lori gets fed up she leaves John, and bad things happen to Ted. John must figure out how to get both of his best friends back.

“Ted” is most definitely an adult movie. At some points in the film, I’m surprised it’s not rated NC-17. But at the same time, that’s what Macfarlane does with his hit TV show “Family Guy.” So I’m sure if your children watch family guy they will laugh at this movie.

The thing I was most surprised about was that the story wasn’t half-bad. Lots of comedy shows and movies stories are so weak, it was a pleasant surprise seeing that “Ted” did not fail to have a story.

Even with the non-stop laughing out loud jokes, some parts felt really cheesy. But also, those parts make the movie even better.

“Ted” is easily one the movies you must see. If the Academy had an award for best comedy movie, “Ted” would be the top runner. Everybody go see “Ted” and enjoy yourself. Just be aware that this movie is rated R. I recommend no one under 13 going to see this. Otherwise, go now, and watch one of the funniest movies of all time.

The Amazing Spiderman

After five years, Marvel’s most-known superhero is back with a movie re-boot: “Spider-Man.” This movie is more thought through than Sam Raimi’s. Just when the movie opens, you will be bored out of your mind. The first quarter of the movie is explaining the story of how Peter Parker became Spider-Man. With that being said, they did an excellent job on showing how it became even though most people know the story.

Peter finds a clue on how his parents disappeared and the clue leads him to Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. Later on, Connors figures out how to make himself appear as a giant reptile known as “The Lizard.”

The Lizard was a perfect choice as the antagonist because it’s something new that we haven’t seen in previous films.

There are only a few things that really were a bad choice. For one, the music did not fit in most scenarios, which made it look and sound awkward. Andrew Garfield was this movie’s hit and miss. At points, he was very twitchy and just looked like a crazy man, but at other times, he does a fine job playing Peter. Also, it’s way too soon for a “Spider-Man” remake/re-boot. Hollywood has been re-booting many series after just a year of the original, and it’s really in plain words dumb.

Even with that, some moments were absolutely stunning. Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy, which later becomes Peter’s girlfriend. She did a literately perfect job playing her. I was very impressed. The movie has a few out-of-this-world action scenes between Spider-Man and The Lizard. The movie is an emotional thrill ride.

So the question is, what’s next for directors Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man?” Will there be a second? How will the story continue? In my opinion, Webb has no choice but to continue the story. The audience is going to want to see the rest of the story. Even with the movies downside, it’s an amazing movie of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Welcome back, Spider-Man.

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