THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)


First of all, very entertaining – Tom Holland captures the essence of the early Peter Parker, struggling to be Spider-Man, trying to be a hero but not 100% sure how to go about it.  This takes place after his get-together fighting against and alongside the Avengers, and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is mentoring the kid from afar, creating a much fancier Spidey suit and making his assistant Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) the direct liaison.  Anyway, we also see a lot of Peter as dorky high school kid, picked on by bully Flash Thompson, having a crush on a pretty girl but also having no clue how to handle that.  And there’s his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) who’s around more for comic relief than anything.  Good time to mention my slight gripe with SM:H – there’s a LOT of funny stuff in this – maybe a little too much?  The other Marvel movies seem to have the right mix of humor and drama – this one feels more like Spidey the Sitcom in large parts.  Moving on, we see a parallel story growing with a contractor (Michael Keaton), hired to clean up post-Avengers mess, only to find that the government is taking over that gig.  Frustrated and overextended, he and his crew illegally keep a truckload of alien remnants and starts selling alien-powered weapons to whoever wants them.  He also builds a mechanical bird suit and becomes a bad guy himself.  I don’t think he was ever called this in the movie, but in the comics he was known as – the Vulture!  Anyway, Peter happens upon one of these arms sales one night and decides to track the bad guys down himself, disobeying Stark.  He screws it up good and Stark takes the suit away from him.  But that won’t stop your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!  Good twist involving the Vulture towards the end, and a potential leading player from the comic books is introduced quite slyly – but you won’t know til the end of the movie.  Oh and those post-credits scenes.  One is during and one is after the credits roll.  I will never tell. Just remember patience is a virtue.  Recommended.

 

TLA one-word review: fluff