“Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard Baruch
I give this movie a 4 out of 5. If you have read the book, like I have, it was a real treat watching it be brought to life on the silver screen. It was a super cute, feel good movie with an important life lesson for all. This movie is centered around a boy, named Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), fresh out of elementary school, starting his first year of middle school. Greg's mission, by the end of the school year, is to work his way up from the middle of the cool kid's ladder to the top. There is just one problem, his long time best friend, Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron). Rowley is still in a elementary school state of mind, and while that was fine last year, this year having him as a best friend is a bit embarrassing. Although, whenever Greg needs him, Rowley always has his back, like when he's being terrorized by his older brother Rodrick (Devin Bostick). Shortly after they arrive at school, Greg and Rowley meet Angie Steadman (Chloe Grace Moretz), a seventh grader who works for the school newspaper. Throughout the year, she shares information with them and shows them the ropes about surviving middle school. At first, Greg stands behind his best friend's weird ways, but as the days progress, he notices that being seen with him is making him uncool. So, he selfishly decides that it's time for his friend to have a makeover. Even though Greg urges Rowley to stick with his new makeover, with encouragement of Angie, he ultimately decides to go back to being himself. Greg also comes up with several ides that he thinks will propel himself up the social ladder. But after failing miserably at each one, Greg realizes now he has dropped even lower on the social scale. While on winter break, Greg accidently breaks Rowley's hand and when they return to school, much to Greg's dismay, this makes Rowley very popular. As Rowley's popularity increases Greg jealousy increases and after a few unforgiven incidents by Greg, their friendship slowly falls apart. Rowley moves on and makes a new best friend. He is a lot like him, slightly "nerdy", and loves all the things he does. This makes Greg so upset that he too decides that he is going to get a new best friend. There are so many funny things that happen in this movie, I can't fit them all. I absolutely adored this movie! It made me laugh, shed a few tears, and reminds you that, no matter what, you should always be true to yourself. Will Greg ever become popular? Will he survive until the end of the year? Will Rowley and Greg become best friends again? Who knows. I guess you will have to watch it and find out. -Candie Bradfield
“Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard Baruch
I give this movie a 4 out of 5. I think the only reason it gets a 4 instead of 5 is because of the ending. It still had all of the crime fighting, web slinging action that we come to love with the Spider-Man franchise but what happens at the end was unexpected. Don't fret though, Spider-Man doesn't seem to be quitting his day job any time soon. The writers for first film, The Amazing Spider-Man and the writers on this movie seem to be following closely to Stan Lee's vision of who Spider-Man really is. An average, self-doubting, gawky, teenage boy who has everyday problems, who also happened to get bitten by a radioactive spider that gives him his super hero skills. I loved the first film and this one ties the two together perfectly. The movie begins with the police in hot pursuit after the notorious villain, Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti). He is trying to escape in a stolen truck filled with highly explosive plutonium, when suddenly, in swings Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) to save the day. This makes Peter aka Spider-Man late for his previous engagement of attending his own high school graduation and hearing his girlfriend's, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) valedictorian speech, but lucky for him, it was captured on video. While trying to retrieve the stolen truck, Peter has a vision of Gwen's deceased father (Dennis Leary). The vision reminds him he promised to leave Gwen out of his life as long as he is Spider-Man. After their graduation, Peter meets with Gwen outside of a restaurant, insisting he needs to keep his vow to her father by staying away from her, and the two break up. Peter's childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to see his farther, Norman (Chris Cooper), CEO of OsCorp who is on his death bed. Norman explains he is sick and and his disease is hereditary and Harry is at the age when he first noticed his symptoms. The next day, Norman dies and Harry is appointed the new CEO of OsCorp. He soon uncovers information that the OsCorp board is secretly trying to take control from the Osborns but before he can prove it, he gets framed and stripped of his title. Working for OsCorp is a man named Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who is a genius but no one takes seriously. He's timid and soft spoken and often gets mistreated by everyone, epically his boss. Max idolizes Spider-Man. One day, while fighting crime, Spider-Man saves Max's life and tells him he is important to him. This makes Max crazed. He finally has someone that notices him and cares about his existence. One night at work, Max gets stuck doing maintenance in one of the laboratories and has a unfortunate accident. This results in him being mutated and Electro is "born". Meanwhile, Peter is trying to maintain a friendship with Gwen, but she soon reveals that she has an opportunity for a scholarship at Oxford University and that she may move to Britain. Will Spider-Man and Gwen get back together? Will Harry regain control over OsCorp? What chaos does Max cause as Electro? To get all the exciting answers to these questions you will have to watch this awesome action packed movie to find out! -Candie Bradfield
I give this movie a 4 out of 5. I really enjoyed this movie. I loved Seth Rogen's character (Andy Brewster) and Barbra Streisand as his mother (Joyce Brewster). The duo made a perfect combination. Andy is the inventor of a new organic cleaning product, "ScioClean". He has made several attempts to get his new product on store shelves but every time he has delivered his sales pitch, the buyers are so bored they don't even let him finish. Not wanting to disappoint his mother, whenever she asks how things are going with his business, he lies and says things are excellent. One evening before he takes a planned road trip to Las Vegas to meet up with a potential client, Andy stops in New Jersey to visit his mother. During his visit, Joyce discloses to him that he was named after a guy that she once dated and thought she was going to marry named Andrew Margolis. While dating Andrew, Joyce meets Andy's dad and shortly after, he asks for her hand in marriage. Hoping that Andrew would object to their union, she confronts him and he tells her he isn't ready to be tied down and to go ahead and marry Andy's dad. This hurts Joyce deeply and she believes that he never cared for her at all. Soon after she is married, she discovers she is pregnant and she decides to name the baby Andrew "Andy" after her first love. Andy's dad has been deceased for several years now, and since then, his mom hasn't had any new guys in her life or much of a life at all. This realization makes Andy sad and he decides that he wants to reunite his mother and her first love, Andrew. It's a win, win. It makes him happy to see his mom happy and it gets her out of his hair. After a little research, he finds Andrew Margolis, unmarried, and living in San Francisco. He invites his mother on his road trip and secretly plans a visit to Andrew's house after his pitch in Vegas. At first, his mother is a little skeptical, but quickly agrees because nothing sounds better than some much needed one on one time with her baby. This movie had a perfect mix of funny moments, heart warming moments, and even sad moments. I found this movie very entertaining and would certainly watch it again.
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