"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, July 24, 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming & War for the Planet of the Apes

Catching up on Summer Movies

By Gary;

We are up to six Spider-Man movies so far, seven if you count Captain America: Civil War.  Like the long series of 007 movies you get some eagles that soar and some turkeys that get cooked in the oven of fan hatred.

Spider-Man Homecoming is somewhere in between those two extremes.

I felt like I was back watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Spider-man went retro with Peter Parker going back to high school.

I suspect Marvel saw their movie audience aging and wanted to connect with younger fans.  After all the first meaningful Marvel movie, Blade, dates back to 1998 which was followed in 2000 by massive hit X-Men.  That is a lot of years ago.  So back to high school Peter goes.  I just thank God we were not subjected to a rehash of Peter getting his spider bite.

To compare I would say Spider-Man was better done in his appearance in Captain America; Civil War.  The current film was a bit cluttered for my taste with assorted characters.

Tom Holland played a good Spider-Man.  Michael Keaton was OK as the supervillain Vulture, but just OK.  The Vulture might soar high. Keaton was much closer to the ground.  He did not come off as stone cold evil which is a requirement in the comic universe.

Over all it is a good, solid popcorn flick and certainly better than the last two Spider-man movies.

Rated  -  7 out of 10

Hard as it may be to believe, we are up to NINE Planet of the Apes movies.

None of the eight sequels came remotely close to the quality and cultural impact of Rod Serling's original 1968 classic film.

Like The Walking Dead, the modern Ape films take the germ warfare, virus road to the destruction of the humanity.  Certainly it is a race between nukes, Terminators and germs for who wins the prize for the End of the World.

Of the eight sequels I would place War for the Planet of the Apes at the top.

The movie is beautiful to watch, the plot solid and the special effects of the best quality.  Andy Serkis as Caesar is outstanding.  And the great Woody Harrelson dominates the screen as the rogue colonel looking to save the world from apes and the disease that caused their creation.

Personally I was on Harrelson's side. This is a fight for the species. Why should the apes win?

Rated  -  8 out of 10

You can't beat the original

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."
Planet of the Apes (1968)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gary , californians going to the movies ? or they see most of them on paid tv , or web sources ?
Over here in europe almost nobody goes to movies , they only to that to waste time before a organized friends meal outside , if they need to wait a few hours in the mall ...
Well , kids go too , is a way to add friendship and bonding in those ages , and with few Money .
We had also a few ... as they say "intelectual state sponsor director movies ... tax payer waste Money " but nobody see then , so now they made remakes of classic 30`s and 40`s movies that was popular in those times , and that they ... i mean ... those intelectual leftlining statesuckers ... called fascist or simplar , common moron movies to the masses ... they got that desease called Einsenstein Potemkine ... so they glue theire political affiliation with those kind of movies , and with others from , dereclit 60`s and 70 `s europe ...
over there how was it ??
are you still on holidays ??