Action, Action Comedy, Comedy, Marvel Comics, Remake/Sequal, Superhero Movie

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 9 Stars
  • Plot: 7 Stars
  • Script: 9 Stars
  • Acting: 9 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound and Special Effects: 9 Stars
  • Costumes and Makeup: 10 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: This is yet another version of Spider-Man Marvel and Sony has given us. This time with help from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) from the Iron Man Franchise it really makes this film different and it gives viewers hope for greatness this time around. Spider-Man: Homecoming has a plot which continues from Captain America: Civil War that introduced us to young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Tony Stark somehow finds out Peter Parker is Spider-Man and together Tony and Peter lie to Aunt May about the Stark Internship. This film also introduces a “blue collar” man Adrian Toomes also known as The Vulture story line which takes place just after the first Avengers movie. After being thrown off the greatest job of his career and penniless he decides to steal the alien tech to make weapons of mass destruction with help from his scientist friend Phineas Mason/The Tinkerer (Michael Chernus). After 8 years of staying under the radar Spider-Man stumbles upon some cool weapons which is where the story begins.

SCRIPT: The script is fun and packed with personality. It expresses anger, drama, and of course comedy. There is even some surpises thrown in along the way and interesting characters from the comics to look out for. They even found time to write in jokes for Aunt May because they hired Marisa Tomei to play her who is normally involved in more roles which show off her beauty.

ACTING: By now everybody knows how they like their Tony Stark so Robert Downey Jr. was perfect he knew what he was doing. Happy Hogan played by Jon Favreau though an old character to some this is the first time you knew or cared about his name or character to the full extent. He added just the right amount of comedy to the role and we saw his character develop more here than Iron Man 2 or 3. Michael Keaton who you may remember as Batman joins the club of people who went from DC to Marvel or Marvel to DC. Michael Keaton’s Vulture is perfect he is angry, greedy and just wants to stick up for the people that get ripped off all the time in life. If you love Michael Keaton you’d love him in this role. Now, last but not least Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Tom Holland did a great job of playing someone about 4/5 years younger than him. Mostly because of the way he looks. Which is great fans love when they find an actor who looks and can embody the role of a character that was once drawn for them on paper. It is his acting that of course made the movie what it is.

MUSICMusic in these big production  movies are either really famous songs like Guardians of the Galaxy or all orchestrated like Star Wars. Spider-Man: Homecoming has a little of both. When you need villain music bring out the orchestra and when you need fun, romance, and anything else choose a fun song you may of loved listening to in high school.

Sound and Special Effects: The sound was terrific. There wasn’t too much extra clicking, thumping, and wind noises coming from the suits which is great because with new suits for new characters it is sometimes hard to imagine what these unrealistic things will sound like. The special effects are gorgeous but if you see it in 3D there are times it gets to be too much.

Costume and Makeup: It has been a while since we’ve seen such beautiful technology put on a superhero or supervillain’s suit. The first time was Iron Man other times especially for villains was Iron Man 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also if you want something to just laugh about make the suit talk to you. Peter Parker gives his new suit’s I.A. a name and talk to it like a best friend. Something cool that they did with the Vulture’s suit was when he was thinking they just showed his eyes in a green shade or light in a helmet it kind of gave it a video game pilot feel from the viewers end. Some things to look foreword to are Spider-Man’s web-shooters, web cape/glider and his awesome droid pall.

Comedy, Drama

Gifted (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 8 Stars
  • Plot: 8 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 9 Stars
  • Music: 6 Stars
  • Sound Effects:  N/A
  • Special Effects: N/A

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: Gifted is about a sweet young girl who is raised by her uncle. The uncle Frank Adler (Chris Evans) raised her because his sister killed herself. As you watch the movie it eventually gets revealed why. Frank eventually says though his niece is a genius he knows that his sister would want her to have a normal life which where Mary Adler’s (Mckenna Grace) journey begins. It deals with the struggles of a genius child in a regular public school, the problems families face who have someone who committed suicide and so much more. There is some funny parts but overall the film is a drama and you will probably want to cry during some point near the end.

SCRIPT: The script is good. The conversations the characters have are very realistic. They got all the information of the characters in the movie out naturally. The comedy is well placed and the sad parts are done tastefully.

ACTING: Chris Evans can play so many different types of people as we’ve seen throughout his career such as a reckless college student trying to find his place in the world in The Perfect Score (2004), an obnoxious superhero in Fantastic Four (2005), all the way to a mature american soldier/superhero in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) but he is in his late 30’s now which means he has to learn to play the mature roles just as well as the funny and childish roles and he does it very well in the movie Gifted. Mckenna Grace who plays the young and smart Mary Adler has appeared in the famous TV shows The Young and the Restless and Designated Survivor so she is not new to the acting scene. You could see she is already a mature actress and maybe in time she will get an Oscar. The movie features Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer who plays Roberta Taylor the friendly landlord of Frank Adler but she does not joke when it comes to matters of Mary. She is the best person to play this role. Lindsay Duncan who plays Frank’s mother Evelyn and Jenny Slate who plays Mary’s teacher Bonnie could have been played by anyone sort of famous though both crucial parts in the movie and they still did a decent job due to chemistry with Mckenna and Chris.

MUSICThe music in this movie sets the tone for the happy and sad parts but mostly its the actors who take care of that in this movie. 

Action, Marvel Comics, Sci-Fi, Superhero Movie

Avengers Age of Ultron (2015)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 7 Stars
  • Plot: 6 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 10 Stars
  • Special Effects: 9 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: Since it’s a superhero movie that came out after the Avengers it’s expected to be an unbelievable film. But it was sloppy and overly serious as apposed to scary. When the trailer first came out you got chills from hearing Ultron’s voice. When the movie came out the voice sounded less scary and more serious. The movie is of course about the Avengers but it’s also about their place in the world after the alien attack from the first movie. It brings into affect that Tony Stark/Iron Man just wants peace after the event and after finding the spear from the first movie he realizes it can help him complete a theoretical project called Ultron. Of course things take a turn for the worse and Ultron is born.

SCRIPT: Script was good. It kept with the same characteristics that made the last ones good. The Age of Ultron had a lot of one liners especially from Ultron. You notice a lot more jokes if you watch it more than once. Written and Directed by Joss Whedon.

ACTING: The acting is good due to the cast. We’re familiar with the cast and most people know the actors from other big pictures. The new addition: James Spader, who plays the voice of Ultron portrays him very well. The only problem is where’s the darkness that came out in the trailer, how did the character loose that spark? If you haven’t seen the trailers there is probably a great chance you’d really appreciate the casting and acting choices for the character. If they ever remake the Fantastic Four James Spader would make the perfect Doctor DOOM!

MUSICThe music in a film is very important to how we feel. They got the sad points down but when Ultron is on the screen you wanna feel the EVIL, DEATH, EXTINCTION and DESTRUCTION the character talks about and music is supposed to help with that.

Sound Effects: Really terrific! They have nailed all of the Iron Man type suits noises, got the shield noise down, and mastered the Hulk Smash and Thor’s hammer with extra energy and bursts of thunder.

Special Effects: Really good which is essential, especially because of a villain that’s a machine/robot/android. They knew it couldn’t look like a Cyber Man from Dr.Who. This film looks better in regular Blue-Ray or HD formatting instead of 3D due to the details in all the action scenes that you may miss if somethings pop out at you more than others.