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Spider-Man: Homecoming
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Tom Holland stars as your friendly neighbourhood Spider-man in this, the 3rd incarnation of the Marvel superhero.

After the disaster that The Amazing Spider-man 2 which tried to desperate set-up a universe comparable to that featuring Iron-Man, Captain America etc...however they failed miserable, creating a movie that was both convoluted and pretty dull. So Sony has wisely handed over the creative reigns over to Kevin Feige and the MCU to course correct the Spider-man franchise. And I can safely they have succeeded. Tom Holland's portrayal is perhaps the closest representation that we've seen to Peter Parker committed to the big screen. In this film Peter is an awkward teenage boy dealing not only with the perils of adolescence but also the fact he's a superhero and unlike the previous two actors to play Spider-man he actually looks 15.

As we know every superhero needs a villain and in this Michael Keaton plays the role of the Vulture. Keaton is no stranger to comic book movies playing the role of Batman in the 1989 and 1992 Batman and Batman Returns films, and here he character is an interesting one as his motives for turning to crime are believable. It transpires that the Vulture was a contractor hired to clear up the mess made by the Iron-Man and co. during Avengers Assemble but are booted out by a mysterious agency (possible the SHIELD) and therefore to support his family he steals some of the wreckage left at the site and starts creating weapons to sell to crooks. As usual Keaton puts in a good performance but his screen time is quite limited and it would have been nice to see more of this character during the course of the film.

If you've seen the trailers and promotional material you would think that Iron-man (Robert Downey Jr) was featuring heavily in this film and could possibly overshadow the web-slinger. However, this is not the case, Tony Stark does make several appearances during the film, although these are quite brief and are important to the plot of the film, as he tries to play a mentor to Parker, kind of taking the Uncle Ben role in the film.

As Parker is a teenager in this film, director Jon Watts has given this a very much a teen movie aesthetic and even references movies of the teen movie genre, particularly those of John Hughes (he of The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off). And there is a lot of humour in this film and for the most part it's not forced and comes from either Parker's wit or from the situations he fans himself in such finding out what happens when he tries to sling his web when there's no building around.

Spider-man: Homecoming is a fun blockbuster with some impressive special effects and set pieces (although the darkness of some of the scenes during the climax makes it difficult to see what was going on) and is the best Spider-man film since Sam Raimi's Spider-man 2. However, it doesn't really give us anything particularly new in terms of story telling and felt like the addition of a comic was being played out, which necessarily isn't a bad thing considering how convoluted the previous Spider-man film was. It does have some pacing issues and is particularly baggy in the middle and Donald Glover makes the briefest of brief cameos for some reason (which could possibly be that element of world building sneaking back in) but on the whole it is a decent addition to the MCU canon but doesn't hit the same heights as Captain America: Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy.

Despicable Me 3
8 days ago via Movies on Android phone

I think the Despicable Me franchise has finally ran it's course. The Minions were humourous but on the whole this wasn't as good or as funny as the previous two.

War for the Planet of the Apes
11 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

When I first watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, I honestly wasn't expecting much but was blown away by the characterisation of Ceasar and his fellow apes and still remember the sense of euphoria as I was watching that film. It's been wonderful to see the story play out and handled with such affection when so many trilogies fall apart or just become a cash cow for studios. I must admit I teared not just by the end of the film but during too as I was witnessing a film with characters (whom you forget are completely computer generated) developed over time and grew, in a story that was captivating, emotional and humorous. Andy Serkis and the team behind these films deserve recognition when to comes award season and I'm not sure any film is going to best this as my best of the year (probably not even Star Wars). Definitely 5/5.

It Comes At Night
11 days ago via Movies on Android phone

Some good performances and it does have a sense of tension throughout, however the lack of actual answers is very frustrating.

Baby Driver
Baby Driver (2017)
30 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Excellent car chases, soundtrack, and slick performances. Edgar Wright hits it out of the park once again.