Catching up on Summer Movies
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