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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming

I really enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was witty and well-paced, with interesting characters, and was a lot of fun to watch. I did think the battle in the finale was messily shot and was boring to watch, and I didn't want to see so much shaky cam and wanted to see Holland's acrobatic skills without CGI, but I don't have many complaints about the film. Tom Holland was likable as Peter Parker/Spider-Man (his awkward high voice and boyish enthusiasm reminded me a lot of a young Michael J. Fox), and Michael Keaton was great as the villain, he was really intimidating and menacing with just his acting alone, never mind any supervillain additions, just his voice alone was chilling.

I liked the street scenes in Queens, it felt homey to me, and I liked how Marisa Tomei was made up in large granny glasses and a 70's hippie look with long hair and high-waisted pants, and still looked hip and beautiful.

I also thought it was interesting how the Disney princess Zendaya was essentially characterized to be like Ally Sheedy's character from The Breakfast Club, as the screenwriters clearly seemed influenced by 1980s pop culture in some of the beats they hit with music and stylistic references.

Of this franchise, I have enjoyed Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man the most, but this is a fun addition, too.

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