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EPIC REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Howdy people of the internet, how’s it going? So today is a special day as I finally get to share my thoughts on the latest film from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures in the form of Spider-Man: Homecoming. For those of you who aren’t aware, Spider-Man is my favourite superhero and when he was introduced in Captain America: Civil War last year I knew I was ready for his solo film straight away. So with a decent marketing campaign and a lot of hopeful interviews from the cast and crew about how this latest version of Spider-Man would turn out, is it a successful reboot or another disappointing session? Well read on and find out! 🙂

So the story can be described as the following:

“Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.”

Straight away what I like about Homecoming as an overall film is that it is familiar, and yet totally unique from the previous versions we’ve had in the past. Instead of getting the conventional origin story from the comics, we instead get a different kind of origin that feels more like “Spider-Man: The Early Years” instead of “Spider-Man: The Beginning“. There were a lot of recognizable elements on display for those aware of Spider-Man’s source material when it comes to Peter being a high school student, balancing his superhero life with his personal life and basically just growing up and dealing with the highs and lows that life throws at you. What’s great is that the story beats you know about the Spider-Man mythos are executed very well, but this also took a few risks as there were numerous surprises that really caught me off-guard and enhanced my experience of watching this film. Also tonally the film is perfect, Homecoming has the right balance of light-heartedness, action and heart that’s enjoyable for kids and adults. Plus the references to the comics is great for those paying attention with some cool verbal and visual material, oh and Spider-Man also fit into the MCU wonderfully, this adventure for all the travelling still felt small in scale with just the right amount of references from other films without being overbearing.

The cast for this film was excellent with there being memorable performances from everyone in the main cast to the minor roles and cameos too. Firstly there’s Tom Holland as who was perfect as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, I knew as soon as I saw Holland in Civil War that he’d crush it in this film but I didn’t know he’d kill it this well. Holland was the perfect Peter Parker, he was relatable, endearing, funny, heroic, a little cocky and tenacious, plus he was so charming and engaging to watch, that when you watch the successes and failures of this character you give a damn. Michael Keaton was really good as Adrian Toomes/Vulture, I appreciated how his character was not just a villain doing bad things for the sake of it, but had a logical reason for hs actions, he was perceptive and smart, and I thought the Vulture was elevated by Keaton’s performance which really gave the character a tough and intimidating presence. And then there’s Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and he was great too, seeing Stark transition into the mentor role for Peter worked well for this story, his presence was notable but not nearly as overstated as the trailers would have you believe. Stark was used sparingly but his scenes had purpose, dramatic weight and the trademark humour that makes RDJ so fun to watch. Oh and the return of Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan was great, he was so gruff and serious andhis dry sense of humour lended itself to this film well.

Jacob Batalon was fabulous as Parker’s best friend Ned, I liked how funny, quirky and nerdy he was, but also how he was a genuine friend to Peter offering useful advance and helping him out once he discovers Peter’s secret. Zendaya was good as Michelle was pretty cool, she was this weird loner who was smart and rude but also quite funny, Zendaya really got into the role and you could tell she was having fun with the role. Also Laura Harrier as Liz was wonderful, she was so cute and kind and Harrier’s performance was so captivating. Tony Revolori as Flash was an interesting new take on the classic character, I liked how charismatic and hot-headed he was and he certainly had some memorable moments. Marisa Tomei as Aunt May was wonderful, I feared from the marketing that her role would be next to nothing, but thankfully May was upbeat, humourous and caring, but she also wasn’t a fool and said what was on her mind and Tomei made the character shine and stand out. I enjoyed what Donald Glover brought to the film as Aaron Davis, Hannibal Buress was really funny in his role, Bokeem Woodbine and Logan Marshall-Green were pretty solid too and finally Abraham Attah as Abe was easily one of my favourite people in the film with his dialogue making me laugh a lot.

When it comes to the presentation it was really good. Visually the film had good cinematography, good choreographed action sequences that when quick, funny and hard-hitting, oh and the CGI was really solid with some great attention to detail especially for Spider-Man’s suit. Besides certain scenes at night that were really dark and inconsistent visual effects, the visual side of things was great. And the film score by Michael Giacchino was pretty good, though not as impressive as I had hoped. Now don’t get me wrong, it captured the right kind of tone for the film and during some of the more upbeat/fun, adventurous or emotional moments the music was gorgeous and tapped into that signature sound that Giacchino is known for in his previous films, however, I felt like as an overall score it wasn’t as good as some of his previous material.

To conclude Spider-Man: Homecoming was wonderful and everything I wanted it to be and then some. And while I reckon Spider-Man 2 is still my favourite Spidey film, this first solo film in the MCU had the heart and soul of a good superhero film that gets better the more I think about it. Now I’m sure some people will find reasons to hate on this film but I can’t when it is so fun. 😀

So have you seen Spider-Man: Homecoming and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to drop me a comment and I’ll see ya on the next review! 🙂

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer #1

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? Its been a while but it is time for another trailer review! There’s been many trailers dropping left right and center over the course of the last few months or recently like I’ve really enjoyed like Logan, Wonder Woman, The Belko Experience and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to name a few, but I’ve just not had the time to talk about them… However, when I found out that two new trailers were coming out for Spider-Man: Homecoming I knew I’d have to drop my thoughts online. 😛

Oh and before we continue I’ll be talking about the main trailer and not the international one.

So here’s the trailer below:

So my first reaction after seeing this film was “Nice, very nice.” This trailer wasn’t amazing, spectacular or sensational haha, however it was solid and it makes me confident that we’ll get a solid Spider-Man film, at least that’s what I hope.

There’s another trailer which you can watch here which has some interesting different shots of Michael Keaton’s Vulture, and Tony Stark and Peter Parker’s interactions among other things.

First thing I like about this trailer is that it feels like it fits within the style and tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from the cinematography to the colour palette and style of the action, it feels in line with what’s come before especially with the Russo Brothers Captain America films. That being said the film certainly seems to have enough unique elements that will hopefully allow it to stand alone from the other MCU films despite the inclusion of Tony Stark and the ties to Captain America: Civil War. Another thing that I enjoyed was how well this trailer illustrates a day in the life of Peter Parker, we get to see his school life, take out bad guys as Spider-Man, and hang with Tony Stark. Seems like Peter Parker will get up to a fair amount of stuff, most of which falls in line with what Peter has dealt with in the comics/previous films, but with the heavier focus on Peter’s school life, the mentorship of Tony Stark and the introduction of the Vulture I believe this film will offer up some nice variation on what we’ve seen from previous Spider-Man films. My favourite parts of the trailer were: 1) Seeing Spidey take out those robbers in the avengers masks, that felt like classic Spidey with the jokes and action. 2) The Tony Stark and Peter Parker interaction in the car was so delightful, Stark’s comments about the do’s and don’ts of being a superhero was great, but that awkward hug/opening the door moment was the best. And 3) The final shot of Iron Man and Spidey flying through the sky together, that is pure comic book fan service and I love it! The only concerns I have is 1) Will Michael Keaton’s Vulture be a good villain or another forgettable villain for not only the MCU but also for the Spidey films since the last good villain was Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock). And 2) Will Stark’s inclusion in the film take focus away from Spidey in his own film? I hope not. I really hope that this is the film that taps into the Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series realm of awesomeness and translates some of that story and character material into this film, it’s unlikely but I can still dream. 😛

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To conclude the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming looks pretty good. The film looks like it not only fits in with the rest of the MCU films, but it also feels true to the source material while also providing something different in its style and aesthetics. The trailer didn’t blow me away, but it didn’t have to, it just needed to reassure me that the film would be worth watching; and this trailer did just that. Bring on July yo! 😀

So have you seen the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming and if so what do you think of it? Are you more or less excited than before? Be sure to drop me a comment and I’ll see ya on the next review! 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Love’s written in the stars in this Only You review

Alrighty then time to review a film from the past called Only You which is a rom-com from the 90s. I saw it on TV I around 2 years ago and then bought it on Amazon a few weeks later, but then never opened the DVD to watch it again… Until tonight when I unwrapped it and watched the film again, and I knew after I watching the film around half hour ago I just had to review it, so here we go.

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So the story of this film involves Faith Corvatch, who believes she is destined to spend her life with a man named “Damon Bradley” after playing with a Ouija board when she was 11. Then 14 years later just under a fortnight before she’s meant to marry a podiatrist, she gets a phone call from a friend of her fiancé’s named, Damon Bradley. Bradley is off to Venice, and Faith uses this opportunity to also head off there to pursue her dream man accompanied by her sister-in-law, Kate, who has just left her husband.

What follows is a beautiful tale of love, mystery and destiny. The story in this film is absolutely precious, you really do route for Faith as she tries to find the man of her dreams because she believes in her destiny so badly, and while in Venice the adventure that Faith and Kate go on is one of a magical and interesting nature. I really liked the way the story played out, sure it’s a bit cheesy and maybe formulaic of the rom-com genre, but it is done in an interesting and unique fashion which really differs from other films in the genre.

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The story in this film is wonderful, but it is truly the performances that carry this film and make it super special. Marisa Tomei is just lovely as Faith Corvatch, besides being amazingly gorgeous Tomei really gives a wonderful performance as this lady who really believes in true love, fate and things that happen for a reason. She’s beautiful, funny and very determined to find this man and goes to some extreme lengths to try and find him. Sure you can think of her character as a bit naive for thinking the way that she does, but it’s hard not to go on this adventure with her and not root for her. And then there’s Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Wright who was just fabulous. He plays the man who [partial spoiler] fakes being Faith’s dream man after instantly falling in love with her and then pursues her trying to get her back. Downey Jr. brings all of his charm, wit and likability to this film and even though he doesn’t always do the right thing, you can’t help but want to see him eventually get Faith because of all the effort he’s making.

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Then there’s Bonnie Hunt as Kate Corvatch who has her own little story while in Venice. I thought Hunt was lovely as the childhood friend of Faith who was very supportive yet very level-headed and grounded considering all of the crazy happenings while trying to chase after the dream man. Her additional side story involving her husband and the other man was an interesting one. And speaking of that other man… Joaquim de Almeida done a lovely job as Giovanni, the Italian man who went after Kate, I’ll try not to say any more than that but I really liked how suave and cool he was. And lastly there’s Fisher Stevens as Larry Corvatch who’s Faith’s brother and Kate’s husband, Stevens was pretty good and had some funny scenes too.

The presentation for this film is very nice with some absolutely stunning shots of Italy from the buildings and statues to the hills and countryside, and there is one shot in the film where this is the most beautiful sunset ever. Also the soundtrack for the film by Rachel Portman is just sweet as hell and has a very whimsical and emotional sound to it.

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So to conclude Only You is a lovely little rom-com about finding love, the concept of fate and making your own destiny. I really liked the story and the central performances from Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., and Bonnie Hunt were fabulous. Sure the film is cheesy as heck but I don’t care, this is the only rom-com I’ve ever liked this much to buy on DVD and this comes from a guy that hates the genre with a passion! If you’re in the right mood check this film out, it’s a lot of fun with surprises at many different turns.

Rating: 8/10 (I recommend it yo!)

So have you seen this hidden gem of a film or not? Whatever your thought drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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