Lots of people dislike Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider Man movies. But while I agree that the second one was a hot mess, the first was wonderful. When people argue against it, the main issue seems to be that the origin story wasn’t necessary. I agree, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that it’s wonderful. Pretend the Toby McGuire movies never happened and watch Amazing Spider Man. It’s awesome.
So this is what I bring to Spiderman: Homecoming. First, I really dislike Tony Stark. Marvel let him take over what should have been Captain America 3 just so they could one-up DC and now they stuffed him into their Spidey film, like Marvel’s most popular superhero needs propping up. I mean, WTH, Feige?
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Planet of the Apes is a weird property. The whole concept is strange and I never really had much interest in it before this trilogy. By the time Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was made, CGI tech was up to the task of creating realistic non-human characters, and I admit the main reason I bothered to see Dawn was Andy Serkis. And I loved it.
So in the first film a lab attempting to cure Alzheimer’s (if I remember correctly) is making its test animals – various species of ape) really smart. Somehow their formula morphs into a virus which kills off humans in vast numbers while making other apes, like those in zoos, really smart. Ceasar (Andy Serkis) is a lab ape who has been taught sign language and he finds himself leading the Apes to freedom.
In Rise of the Planet of the Apes we find the human survivors living in a compound, much of their technology gone, while Ceasar and his apes followers live among the redwoods. But not everyone wants to live in peace. Koba, who was badly mistreated by humans, wants to punish them and enough humans have similar feelings toward the Apes that fighting breaks out. Which leads us to War… Continue reading “Review: War for the Planet of the Apes”
The final issue of Occupy Avengers? This title had so much promise and Marvel barely gave it a chance! I’ll need a separate post to review the whole run. Also this week Azrael battles his AI self in Detective Comics and a not-so-mad scientist rules in Wonder Woman. Continue reading “My pull-list – 26 July 2017”
I suppose I should come clean at the outset and say that war movies are not my thing, WW2 movies in particular. But I am a fan of Chrisopher Nolan as a director and I thought if anyone could make a war film I would enjoy, it would be him.
Sadly, Dunkirk is not that movie. Continue reading “Review: Dunkirk”
I have just two new issues this week, both strongly featuring women. The first is Aquaman, in which Mera unleashes an all-out assault on Atlantis; the second is Batwoman, tying up her first Rebirth arc with an epilogue that is really a prologue. Continue reading “My Pull-List – 19 July 2017”
I was confident from the description that I would either love or loathe Monster and I am pleased to say that I truly loved it. I don’t think I have seen another solo performance so emotionally powerful and authentic, yet I’m struggling to describe it. It’s a nightmare within a play within a play within a confession (?) Continue reading “Theatre review: Monster”
Having given up on Captain Marvel for the time being, I decided to give a different female superhero a try. She-Hulk had been recommended to me before, and this seemed like a good time. Now I wish I’d switched much sooner. Continue reading “She-Hulk: Deconstructed”
Four new issues on my list this week, plus the collected She-Hulk: Deconstructed which I will post about separately.
Wonder Woman #26 – Heart of the Amazon (Part 1)
New creative team, new story! There were elements of Greg Rucka’s Rebirth stories that I really disliked, but overall it was a strong opening for Wonder Woman’s new world. It “reset” her origin in a way that established a fresh set of ground rules without negating her 75-year history and it did a great job of re-establishing who she is in all her (occasionally cheesy) glory. Heart of the Amazon begins her next journey and scales the focus right down to the personal, human and intimate. Continue reading “My Pull-List – 12 July 2017”