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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

A CELEBRATORY HOMECOMING


 

The Marvel superhero character Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker) has been done his circuit on the big screen for many years, with different iterations being brought to each installment of everyone’s favorite webslinger. Based on its comic book source material, which was created by Marvel legend Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man made his leap onto the silver screen back in 2002 in the film Spider-Man with actor Toby Maguire playing the title character as well as actress Kristen Dunst as Mary Jane, and actor James Franco as Harry Osborne. This first cinematic iteration (at the so-called “Dawn of the Superhero film” genre we all know of today), received positive reviews and was high successful at the box office (roughly making $820 million globally), which prompted the studio to churn out two more follow-up sequels with 2004’s Spider-Man 2 and 2007’s Spider-Man 3. After that, Sony / Columbia Pictures (the studio behind these films) went silent with character of Spider-Man, observing (and watching) as now popular Marvel Cinematic Universe began to grow and dominate the box office; amassing comic books rights for their films and gaining a steady incline of moviegoer fandom. It was soon decided that Sony Pictures would return to the superhero genre by “rebooting” their Spider-Man franchise from scratch and released The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, with actor Andrew Garfield playing the role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man and actress Emma Stone playing his love interest of Gwen Stacey. The film did make a splash with critics and fans and amassed a very profitable return (over $750 million at the global box office), which prompted the studio make a sequel film with 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After that, however, Sony Pictures had several ideas planning for Spider-Man, ranging from another sequel, to spin-offs, and even rebooting franchise again, but nothing ever material realized as Marvel’s MCU, which now was under the control of parent company Disney, continued to flourish and expand. Eventually, after some time and many rumors, Sony / Columbia Pictures and Disney finally came to an agreement with the rights to Spider-Man, allowing the character to appear in the MCU franchise and did so in 2016’s blockbuster juggernaut Captain America: Civil War, with actor Tom Holland playing the role of Spider-Man. Now, with this being the third iteration of the comic book superhero, Marvel Studios (along with Sony / Columbia Pictures) and director Jon Watts present the first solo Spider-Man feature under the MCU banner with the film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Does this newest Spider-Man movie deliver on launching the superhero new heights or is it time to retire everyone’s “Friendly Neighborhood” webslinger? Read more

Captain America: Civil War Review

AN EPIC MARVEL BLOCKBUSTER


 

Throughout the years the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown into a dominating force, seizing lucrative opportunities at the box-office as well as establishing its cannon of superheroes in its cinematic universe. Since Iron Man back in 2008, Marvel Studios has given millions of its fans and moviegoers, incredible and imaginative blockbuster stories of good and evil, but has given us (the viewers) characters that are well-rounded, who are more than just simple caricatures from the comic books, but ones that are fully realized in a creative and theatrical way. Dozens of iconic characters have graced the screen (Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, The Guardians of the Galaxy, etc.) as all of these characters have detailed and intricate backstories within their own solo movies, with some coming together in superhero team movies (i.e. The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron). Of these characters, two have striking leadership qualities and constantly at odd with each other (ideology-wise). Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is constantly measuring himself against his father’s legacy and finding himself at the epicenter of chaos and destruction, while Chris Evans’s Steve Rogers has steadfast belief of right and wrong and battling against the politics and the needs of an ever-changing modern society. Now, at the beginning of the 2016 summer season at the movies, the sparks ignite between the two titular heroes with the highly anticipated movie Captain America: Civil War. Is this truly the “best summer blockbuster movie ever made” (as some are calling it) or has the inherit hype of it all blown this Marvel feature way out of proportion? Read more

In the Heart of the Sea Review

A WHALE OF A TALE (KIND OF)


 

Call me Ishamel!” comes the famous opening line from Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece Moby Dick. Written back in 1851, Moby Dick (originally called “The Whale” before changing to the more definitve name of Moby Dick) recounts the fictional tale of a sailor (Ishamel) and the obsesse-driven quest of his captain (Ahab) for revenge on a great white whale named Moby Dick. With its literary- Shakespearean prose, common themes and detailed descriptions of whale hunting (amongst various others aspects), Moby Dick went on to become a true fictional classic, with countless reprints of the book over the years from different publications. Even the basic premise of Moby Dick has transcended beyond Melville’s written work, with characters like Captain Ahab and Moby Dick appearing in various media facets (cartoons, films, TV, and other literary works). Now director Ron Howard retraces the true life account that which inspired Melville’s work in the movie In the Heart of the Sea. Is it a compelling non-fictional movie or is and is it an uninspiring “There she blows”?
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