Thursday, July 20, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming: Monday, July 17 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Robert Downey, Jr., as his mentor, Iron Man. Michael Toole plays the villain, the Vulture. The acting is good and the characters are a little more than cartoon.

The story and screenplay is written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley and a team of four other writers. This shows in the script. Jon Watts does his best to direct what he has been given. I found the storyline a little disjointed and boring at times. I hate to admit I had a problem staying awake. On the other hand, I loved the scenes around the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. It was fun to see the ground from the top of the monument, as I had seen it up from the ground in real life.

I do wish that the actors were reminded that diction is still important when acting. Perhaps it would be a good idea to use subtitles, as the accents combined with quick speech and slurring of words, make it difficult to follow what is being said.

The film is entertaining in that the hero fights the bad guy, and wins when he hands the villain over to the police. In the meantime, we get the impression that Spider-Man and the Vulture have a relationship going, and that they respect each other. This is probably a good example for children, as it's not too black and white. The special effects are specially spectacular. The true audience for the film is obviously adolescent males of all ages. I really couldn't suggest that anyone else should see it, unless to keep up with children and grandchildren.

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