Review: Spiderman: Homecoming

Spider-Man Homecoming

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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Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

Caesar (Andy Serkis) in War for the Planet of the Apes

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”

My Pull-List – 12 July 2017

My Pull List - 12 July 2017

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”