You like movies, right? Everybody likes movies. You may have noticed that they made another movie about that Spider-Man dude recently.
Quick! Guess if I saw it.
Of course I did. And I’m pleased to report that I liked it quite a damn lot; I continue to be amazed that Marvel has cranked out something like ten thousand of these movies and I haven’t seen one I disliked yet. It’s not the best superhero movie of the year– that title belongs to Wonder Woman still, but it’s a solid effort, especially when you consider that there have been like seventeen movies just about Spider-Man in the last fifteen years or so.
Highlights: Tom Holland, Tom Holland, Tom Holland, and Tom Holland. Also Michael Keaton. Actually, hell, let’s be honest here: I like the entire damn cast. There’s just enough Robert Downey Jr– I didn’t want this to have as much Iron Man in it as, say, Civil War did– and he’s got enough screen time that it’s more than a cameo but not a lot more than a cameo, if you know what I mean. Putting Peter Parker back in high school was the right move, and Tom Holland plays young more than well enough. Michael Keaton as the Vulture (who, note, is never actually referred to by that name) is the best villain Marvel’s put on-screen since Loki, and I actually really like how low-stakes the film is for most of its runtime; it fits Spider-Man’s role as a street-level hero. This movie gets the character’s soul completely right, and that’s really important.
One minor gripe: this guy?
The character’s name is supposedly Ned? And maybe he’s supposed to be Ned Leeds, although they don’t ever use his last name, and shouldn’t Ned Leeds be a lot older than Peter anyway? And: nah. Fuck that. This isn’t Ned. This is Ganke, dammit, and I want Miles Morales in a Marvel movie. Donald Glover plays his uncle Aaron! He’s out there, dammit! Quit giving me his friends under weird pseudonyms and his relatives and give me Miles Morales!
I also saw this, finally. You may remember my review of the book of The Girl With All the Gifts: I loved the hell out of it, and it ended up being my second favorite book of 2016. I actually first heard of the book when I saw the trailer for the movie and it blew me away, and then I waited a year and a goddamn half and the damn movie either never came out in the States at all (I’ve been unable to get a solid answer on this, and believe me, I’ve looked) or got such a limited release that I was never anywhere near a theater that showed it.
Well, good news: Apple to the rescue! I was able to rent the movie for 24 hours for just 99 cents, and if anything it’s even a bit creepier than the book was– and, remember, I loved the book. You won’t be able to find this in theaters anywhere, but it’s absolutely worth hunting down if you have any way to stream it. Read the book, too, while you’re at it.