Movie Review: Spider-Man Homecoming 


Producer: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Writers: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley
Director: Jon Watts
Cast:Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

So I have seen three different actors portraying Spider-Man and up to this point I have been a Tobey Maguire fan.  I am no longer just a Tobey Maguire fan.  Tom Holland is excellent as Peter Parker a fifteen year old highschool kid who is crushing on the most popular girl in school and just happens to walk on walls.   

 But as good as Tom Holland is as Spider-Man Michael Keaton as the Vulture is perfect.  Keaton pulls off scarey in a very understated way and the reason why Keaton has entered the life of crime is well written.  

Tom Holland portrays Peter Parker as a kid who was asked to help the Avengers and then was told don’t call us kid we’ll call you.  Only they never call him indeed his contact with the Avengers is  Happy Hogan, played by Jon Favreau,who  is irritated with Peter every time he calls and mostly just refuses to call back or hangs up on him.  This treatment causes Peter to look for high profile crimes so that he can prove he is worthy to be an Avenger.  This puts him in conflict with the Vulture, and despite being warned by Iron Man to let the Avengers handle it he keeps at it until unforseen consequences occur.  

Stuff I liked:  I liked the DIY nature of Peter’s home made costume.  That was one thing I found that stretched the limits of my imagination was that a teenager was an accomplished tailor in his part time.  Holland’s costume reflects more like what a fifteen year old could do with his limited access to money and supplies.  

Stuff that made me say hmm:  Marissa Tomei as Aunt May.  I understand that she is no longer a young actress and is in her fifties but there is something a bit disturbing when you see Tony Stark hitting on her.  As well as most of the men in the neighborhood.  Maybe it’s me but I prefer my Aunt May to be a gray haired saintly lady not a object of sexual desire.  

Parental warning, there is profanity in this film as well as a young woman using a ride hand gesture.  Fantasy violence as well as regular violence.  When I was in the movie I heard a little child ask their parent about the language and I could almost sense their frustration.  So be aware.

Over all Spider-Man Homecoming is a good film, it is good to see Spider-Man finally being back in the MCU production instead of being owned by another company.  I give this movie four out of five stars.  

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Movie Review: Logan 



Producers:Hutch Parker,Simon Kindergarten,Lauren Shuler Donner
Writer:James Mangold
Director:James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen

First let me say this movie is rated R where most MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies are PG-13.  And there are 200 expletives, 40 to 50 uses of the “F” word, violence, brief nudity (no sex), smoking, alcohol use, children in danger and a suggestion of children being tortured.

And if this bothers you then skip this movie, and just in case you’ve lost you ever loving mind: No don’t take any children to see this movie.

Now on to the review.  Spoiler alert.  Logan takes place some time in the future.  This isn’t the future where Sentinels fly the skies rounding up mutants.  No this is the future where Professor Xavier suffers from dementia and his powers are out of control so out of control that they can stop people from functioning to the point of death.  This is the future where Logan’s adamantine body is slowly poisoning him to death.  Where Logan is a rent-a-chauffeur trying to scrape enough money together to buy a boat to get the professor as far from humanity as possible.  And this is a future where mutants have been genetically excised from existence.  

Logan’s nights are filled with driving people to one place from another.  Along with large bottles of whiskey and pain killers.  Logan is old (170), old in face and body .  Every time he uses his claws it causes more pain to him then to the others.  That is if he can get the claw all the way out.  And when he isn’t doing that he is scamming drugs from hospital interns to keep Xavier’s seizures from happening. 

Then Logan meets Gabriela a nurse who recognizes him as the wolverine and asks for help.  He rudely rejects her and she drives off with a little girl looking back at him.  But this meeting results in a meeting with a man with a bionic hand who claims to know what Logan has been doing.  He hands Logan a card and tells him to call him if he see Gabriela again.

He does see her again and she offers him enough money for him to buy the boat for Xavier the only catch is she and the girl have to be across the border to Canada from North Dakota.  He leaves with part of the money but when he returns Gabriela is dead and the girl is no where to be found.

When he returns to Xavier he finds that he and the girl, Laura, have been talking, and Xavier tells Logan that Laura is a lot like him.  This is proven when the man with the bionic hand comes to Logan’s home with similarly enhanced men to take Laura.  Who responds by sprouting adamantine claws from her hands and feet and carnage ensues.

Logan, Laura, and Xavier go on the run. Logan stops in Las Vegas to get a new car, while there Xavier and Laura watch Shane.  Laura who has never seen a movie and has always been institutionalized gets her first glimpse of what a family is from the movie.

Later when Logan helps a farmer, who insists on giving them a home cooked meal Laura is again exposed to what a family is supposed to be. But trouble comes to the farmer and Logan, like Alan Ladd in Shane, goes with the farmer to help.  While gone the man with the bionic hand comes back with help, the doctor who created Laura and a clone of Logan.  The clone enters the house slaughtering every one in there while getting Laura and killing Xavier who thinks that the clone is Logan. Logan and the farmer return and Logan gets the girl when the farmer pins the clone to a tree with his dying strength.  Logan and the girl escape in the confusion.

This isn’t the end of the story.  There is much more.  Logan is the equivalent of DC’s Dark Knight. It is the best movie they have made and it is so different from the rest of the MCU movies that it makes me wonder if I will be happy with any of the other releases. This director has pulled out of the actors a depth of performance that is awe inspiring.  The emotional depth displayed by Stewart and Jackman has to be seen to be believed. This is a great film and to call it just a super hero movie is to miss out completely what they have done here. 

I give Logan four stars I would have given it more but the amount of expletives made me take back one star.  Go see it adults only.