Stan Lee's wife died yesterday at the age of a billion. Pretty sure Stan Lee's immortality had something to do with it. Also in the movie news, apparently Jeremy Reinner broke both his arms on the set of Avengers: Infinity War. Which seems like quite the injury for an archer.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Reaction:
More thorough to follow tomorrow. Better than both Amazing Garfield-Man and at least two of the Tobey-Man movies. Pretty much exactly as one would expect a high school age Peter to be. The inexperience and awkwardness really add a nice depth to the movie. Lots of little Easter Eggs. Lots. Obviously stick to the end, totally worth it.
First, let me air my grievances. Top of the list is that Aunt May has no excuse being as hot as she is. I'm so accustomed to the little old biddy that has a heart attack when someone so much as sneezes that it's kind of unnerving to see Melissa Tomei in the role. Like incest hot. That's just not fair. And the movie makes it a point to remind you of it. I also don't care what anyone says, including the script, but that was not Ned Leeds. That was Ganke Lee, Miles Morales' best friend from the Ultimate universe. There's no real reason why they couldn't just call him Ganke and be done with it.
Next, no Uncle Ben. Lots of fighting over Peter's need for a real life and the responsibility thrust upon him by the spider bite, but thankfully this was not an origin movie. They mention the spider in passing, but beyond that it's just two months after Captain America: Civil War. Not even a flashback ... unless you count some of the PSAs, which in themselves were absolutely hilarious. Well, that's not quite true, the movie starts basically after Tony recruits Peter for the fight in Civil War up to a bit of the fight itself, but no more flashing back.
Keaton's Vulture was extremely complex, but well written and believable enough in his motives to be thoroughly enjoyable. Probably the next best thing to Loki at this point. Marvel tends to have issues with their villains, and for once this one wasn't just a place holder for plot advancement. Likewise, Holland's Spider-Man was exactly what you'd expect of a 15 year old with super. Highly inexperienced and bullheaded, making one bad decision after another.
I was kind of curious who they were going to throw into the love interest role, because you really can't do a high school movie (much less a Spider-Man) without some kind of unrequited love interest. Thankfully it was neither Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy, but definitely a name that has popped up numerous times in the books. "Michelle" was amusing, but pretty transparent that she was pretty much Mary Jane. MJ was aloof to deal with her family issues which pretty much translated to "party girl" back in the 70s, and Michelle is pretty much the current equivalent, so I wouldn't be surprised in the least if future installments of this series doesn't address that.
I get what they wanted to do with Eugene "Flash" Thompson, but it just didn't do anything for me. The new bullying thing is cerebral and less physical so they wanted a jerkass Flash, which he certainly was. Just not my cup of tea.
The jokes were well spaced, unlike Guardians of the Galaxy 2 where if you weren't expecting it it would feel overwhelming, and the story was paced well enough that the story never felt like it was either dragging or racing to plot points.
I'm still debating whether I liked it more than Spider-Man 2, but there's very little denying (for me. Remember: bias) this reboot is better than at least four of the last movies.
Edited, Jul 7th 2017 11:57am by lolgaxe
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