Hola, everyone! How was your Fourth? I hope you lived it up… ate too much… drank too much… set off too many fireworks… yeah! Isn’t freedom just brilliant? People are working hard to make sure we have it, so by God it’s our duty as a nation to live it up. In fact, if you had a low-key weekend, I want you to make up for it all summer long by letting yourself shine. And I’m not talking clothes, either. Now for the new crop in theaters!
SPIDER-MAN: THE HOMECOMING
Well, it’s official: this installment is the best Spidey movie ever. Why? Tom Holland. If you’ve been reading this blog like you should be, you’ll know that Tom is the upcoming British star who also was in the amazing LOST CITY OF Z. His American-ness is more than skin-deep in this latest and greatest incarnation of the franchise. He even did most of the stunts—apparently the guy is a dancer and acrobat too. Thanks to the nice script, throughout the flick you never forget the adolescent inside the costume – even as you see how well he’ll fit as part of the Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. delivers, as usual, as Tony Stark (but not for much longer! Ya gotta know when to walk away). It’s all high school drama, with young Spidey lost in pretty senior Liz (Laura Harrier), as his cool friend Michelle (Zendaya) laughs at him. Marisa Tomei is excellent as aunt May, as is Jacob Batalon as best friend Ned. No superhero flick would work without a convincing villain, which is why I’m glad they cast Michael Keaton as the Vulture. The final product is definitely worth the price of that theater ticket. Here’s the trailer:
And now something that’s the very antithesis of superhero crap—character acting. Where actors cannot rely on CGI and mindless action to fill in the gaps… meaning, you better be damned good at your craft. These are the sorts of flicks that will just break your heart and make you cry. A man (Casey Affleck) dies in an automobile accident. Soon his ghost watches, helpless, as his girl (Rooney Mara) cries over him… and eventually meets someone else. Heartbreaking, right? And that’s not even the half of it. He’s so stuck on her. Or is he? There’s so much more to come! So much in fact, that you’ll need a box of tissues along with your popcorn and soda. Here’s the trailer:
So how was WONDER WOMAN for you? I know many think it’s a rip-off of the first AVENGERS, but besides that? I always thought symbols mattered, and this feels like a pretty big one to me. Do you think this means things are changing for womankind? Are we at a crucial point in our evolution? Is fanboy power fading? Are fangirls taking over? Are you sick of superheroes and hope they’ll magically go away? I’m a writer, so you already know your comments are all I live for. Have mercy 🙂 … and an amazing weekend! Enjoy the theater!