Michael Keaton

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director:

Jon Watts

Writers:

Jonathan Goldstein

John Francis Daley

Jon Watts

Christopher Ford

Chris McKenna

Erik Sommers

Starring:

Tom Holland

Michael Keaton

Jon Favreau

Marisa Tomei

Zendaya

Jacob Batalon

Laura Harrier

Plot:

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Review:

Peter Parker, Tom Holland, is not technically an Avenger, but maybe. If Tony Stark would just give him a chance he knows he could succeed. It’s not like he hasn’t already proven himself in battle against Earth’s mightiest superheroes. Of course, Tony couldn’t even give him that telling him that Cap would have beat him if he wanted too. I’m really glad that Peter has Aunt May, Marisa Tomei, she is a much better parental figure than Tony.

Using his new suit Peter fights crime, discovers weapons being made with alien tech, and tracks down the people responsible. When he botches a sting operation put in place to take the bad guys down Tony takes his suit away. Probably the best and most hypocritical move that Tony could have done since it’s easy to forget that Peter is only 15.

Without his suit, but desperate to do good with his abilities, Peter finds himself in a dangerous position, he calls all the people he can, is ignored, and so does what heroes do. He pushes himself, learns his limits, and pushes himself past them to save people. He is a hero, but by not taking Tony up on his offer he proves that he’s also very self-aware. Honestly, having never enjoyed Spider-Man, this movie made me excited for the character. It is easily the second best Spider-Man movie (Into the Spiderverse is first).

As much as I enjoyed the Spider-Man character, the movie wouldn’t have been nearly as good without his villain The Vulture, Michael Keaton. Awarded a huge clean up job by the city of NY Keaton takes out loans, hires people, and is looking at a bright professional future, when Tony Stark swoops in and takes it all away. Honestly, it’s kind of disheartening that in a universe with superheroes the politicians still manage to fuck shit up. Who in their right mind awards a clean-up project to the very person that made the mess? Did he give them an amazing deal? Should it have mattered? He better be doing it for free, but I doubt it.

I would be right on board with The Vulture if he’d just not had to go and kill people. That one little step is my step too far. I could have probably forgiven killing his flunky, but trying to kill a teenager? A teenager that you know saved your daughter from death? Nope, can’t root for you. I was happy that he didn’t give Peter up at the end though, it showed that he wasn’t completely evil, maybe.

As to the impact on the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, Peter gets a new fancy suit, but I think that’s pretty much it. It’s a nice suit…

Spider-Man: Homecoming was a great superhero movie, but it was lacking in a couple areas. First, and the one that impacts my rating the least, it’s ties to the overarching plot. It builds the character and relationships, but, so far, it doesn’t seem to mean much in the grand scheme of things.

Second, and actually impacting my rating, the lack of female characters and representation, both in front of and behind the screen. Aunt May was awesome, what little Zendaya was in the movie she was great, the only other significant female character was Liz, Laura Harrier, and she was really just there as a romantic interest for Peter and didn’t even speak in a lot of her time on screen. Everyone was a dude and I’ve just watched, how many movies, where it’s the same way, and it’s really starting to weigh me down. It’s one thing when it’s spread out a couple times a year, it’s another thing when it’s every day. I’m just a bit…tired.

Side note: sorry for the little break in reviews, I moved and that is time consuming.

Original Review

4/5

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director:

Jon Watts

Starring:

Tom Holland

Michael Keaton

Robert Downey Jr.

Marisa Tomei

Plot:

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Review:

I have a confession, I am not a Spider-Man fan. I used to be, I liked the first two Tobey Maguire films, but then I was young and stupid and knew nothing. I’ve seen the Amazing Spider-Man movies as well, pretty sure I’ve got reviews posted here for them. The thing that makes me not a fan of Spider-Man, though, is the one time I bought one of his comics it was in the middle of a story arc and he chose Aunt Mae over Mary Jane and I could not comprehend. Ever since I’ve thought of Spider-Man as an idiot and scoffed at his stuff.

Now that’s out of the way I can tell you that I really liked this movie. It nailed the tone of what I feel a Spider-Man movie should be like based on people I know that can’t shut up about him. It was funny, it was a good story, and the teen angst wasn’t overwhelming. Michael Keaton as a villain was great, so believable. You do things to take care of your family. His suit was awesome looking too. Falcon will forever look like a joke after Vulture. Love that Tony Stark was the catalyst for this whole problem. Do not like Tony Stark.

I was afraid that there would be too much Iron Man in the movie, but they did a pretty good balancing act. Peter, Tom Holland, learned how to stand on his own, so that’s good for future movies.

I did not like that almost all of the big scenes were in the trailers, there were almost no new scenes with Spider-Man showing epic levels of skill. Getting tired of that, trailers are becoming highlight reels instead of showing just enough to grab your attention and make you want to watch.

Anyway, I ended up buying the blu-ray after watching this from Red Box and have already watched it again. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a great movie and the start of what I hope is a successful series.

4/5

Minions (2015)

Minions

Minions (2015)

Director:

Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin

Starring:

Sandra Bullock

Jon Hamm

Michael Keaton

Plot:

Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

Review:

Best part of this movie was the music.

So, for the life of me, I tried to watch this movie but it just didn’t hold my attention. Thankfully, my daughter at least enjoyed it and she watched the entire thing, which is crazy.

I really like the Despicable Me movies, but I’ve never been Minion obsessed. Though, I do have a Minion pencil box, but that’s beside the point. There was really no need for a full length movie about them. I mean, they don’t even speak in an understandable language. It’s like French and gibberish and they’re such a continuous stream of stupid.

Oh well, this will not be added to my library and hopefully I’ll never have to try and watch it again.

2.5/5

Mr. Mom (1983)

Mr Mom

Mr. Mom (1983)

Director:

Stan Dragoti

Starring:

Michael Keaton

Teri Garr

Fred Koehler

Plot:

After he’s laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce and he becomes a stay-at-home dad – a job he has no clue how to do.

Review:

I’ve never seen this movie previously, but the concept seemed fun. Since it’s from the eighties I had no idea what to expect.

I could really relate to Michael Keaton’s character. I’ve been there, it’s not an easy transition from full-time employed business professional to house parent. You go from being able to at least see a paycheck for your work if not a sign of progress, to being home alone with a child that is completely dependent upon you for everything. The days run into each other and you start to feel helpless. It’s difficult.

Anyway, back to the movie. It was very dated, but still funny. Loved the progression of his beard and his defense of it. Thought his soap habit was funny and not for the first time wished I could get into a show like that.

I didn’t really get the ending, though. There was a lot of confusion with a ton of people being there. It seemed like he was going back to work for the same people that furloughed him and that his wife was quitting her new career. Things were basically going back the way they were. I wished there was a different resolution, though I’m not entirely sure what.

The wife could have sued for sexual harassment and they never would have to work again.

3.5/5

Robocop (2014)

Robocop

Robocop (2014)

Director:

José Padilha

Starring:

Joel Kinnaman

Gary Oldman

Michael Keaton

Plot:

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy – a loving husband, father and good cop – is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Review:

This movie is shit. It’s so slow and somehow boring. How the hell do you make Robocop boring? Watch this movie and find out.

It was an hour into the film before it actually started to pick up pace and even then there were too many emotional scenes with the wife and scenes with people saying he’s undoing what we did. It was just too cliché and I don’t even mind cliché.

The ending was the best part of the movie and it did not make up for the first hour and change.

1/5