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.  


Movie Review: Birdman

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan,James W. Skotchdopole
Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Plot: An actor whose major claim to fame was being in a super hero show tries to revive his career by acting in a Broadway play.

The opening scene of Birdman finds Michael Keaton in his underwear sitting tailor fashion his back to the audience floating in mid-air. If you find that rather surreal welcome to this entire film.

Let me blunt, I hate this film and frankly I can’t believe it won as many Oscars as it did. Yes, Keaton was great in this film, he did some of the best acting I have seen. In the movie Keaton hears the voice of Birdman, soars out of a windows and off a roof, causes items to move with his mind. All this while he is trying to direct the play he has written.

And all around him (Keaton) the play seems to be falling apart no matter what he tries to do to bandage it. Another member of the cast (Edward Norton) is doing his best to upstaging him. Onstage and backstage various sexual liaisons are taking place, and a critic is out to shut down the play on the first outing.

This hodgepodge of scenes is incoherent unless you’re heavily medicated. Since that isn’t the case this week my advice is to skip this film and if you really want to watch a great Michael Keaton film I suggest the 1988 film Clean and Sober.

I give this film zero stars.