One of the best comedic sequels of all time, 22 Jump Street is a laugh a minute farce of comedy sequels that, while it does succumb to a few slow moments, is an absolute riot with all of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's signature comedy (including a few throwback references to Clone High!) and great comedic chemistry between Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube.
Going into X-Men: Days of Future Past, I was expecting it to be pretty good, like on the same level as the first Amazing Spider-Man or Thor: The Dark World. Pretty good, but nothing fantastic. Boy, was I off on that one. The film does a surprisingly great job balancing the past and the future timelines, with the past mainly being reserved for plot and character development, and the future being full of Sentinel action setpieces and mutant cameos that will satisfy the biggest Comic Book geek. The characters, mainly in the 1970's portion, are fantastic. Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic for what she's given, Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine, James MacAvoy and Michael Fassebender give magnificent performances as two equally broken men with different ways of attempting to fix themselves, and Evan Peters' Quicksilver, while only in the film for a short time, steals the show with one of the BEST uses of slow-mo in movie history. Overall, it's one of the only superhero movies to match the Avengers in size, scope and, as of just seeing it for the first time, possibly in quality as well.
Safety Not Guaranteed is one of those rare movies where I had no idea where the story was going, and it kept me hooked the entire time. At its core, this is a quirky romantic comedy with an engaging trio of protagonists, one mysterious almost antihero, and no clear villain (at least until the very end). The storyline takes some unexpected twists and turns, and the overall product is a refreshingly fun movie that, honestly, should have garnered a LOT more attention during its initial release.
Ahead of its time, insanely inventive, with witty dialogue and an interesting look at romantic relationships and 1970's culture through the eyes of a man who's so neurotic it's borderline annoying. There's just something about the way the film is written and shot that's just so different and, even though it's from 1977, feels new.
Where the first Amazing Spider-Man was very dark and serious in its tone for most of the film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the exact opposite. Bright, colorful, and a lot of the time downright goofy, it's like watching a 2 and a half hour live-action Saturday morning cartoon. That element works well with Andrew Garfield's portrayal of Spidey, and with Electro, but not at all with the rest of the story. The Peter and Gwen scenes are very nice, but feel out of place with the rest of the movie, and it focuses too much on attempting to build a cinematic universe akin to the Marvel movies. It's a fun time, and huge Spidey fans will appreciate all of Andrew Garfield's wisecracks, but overall it's an enjoyable movie that needs to find its footing.