Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Black Panther Review

Here's another film review I wrote for school. I had to work a superhero movie in somewhere. 

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Following the death of his father in Captain America: Civil War, Prince T’Challa(Chadwick Boseman) prepares to take up the throne as the next king of the highly-advanced African country-- Wakanda. He also continues his superhero missions as the Black Panther. Meanwhile, Ulysses Klaw(played by Andy Serkis, who debuted in Avengers: Age of Ultron) teams up with Killmonger(Michael B. Jordan), an American who wants to challenge T’Challa and Wakandan traditions.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is one of the Marvel’s best movies. And after being released February 14, it has already earned $1.2 billion plus worldwide. It also boasts 97% critic approval on Rotten Tomatoes. What makes yet another superhero flick work so well?

Firstly, Black Panther has some of the best worldbuilding I’ve ever seen in a movie. Most of it takes place in the fictionalized Wakanda where the visuals and cultural influences were stunning. By the credits, a viewer could explain the Wakandian political structure, its foreign policies, its throning protocol, and even some of its religion.

Secondly, Black Panther stars layered characters. T’Challa struggles with his new responsibilities and choosing between traditional and new values. Killmonger presents a grounded and almost sympathetic villain. While the hero represents a man politically, socially, and geographically distant from most audience members-- the antagonist offers a relatable and emotionally charged alternative.

The supporting characters include varied people with varying motives and personalities. Shuri(Letitia Wright), T’Challa’s sister, runs Wakanda’s technological backbone and provides moments of levity and genuinity. Nakia(Lupita Nyong’o), a Wakandan spy and special ops force member(as well as T’Challa’s former girlfriend), drives the political and romantic subplots. Other cast members include Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Forest Whitaker.

Thirdly, Black Panther is more unique than anything Marvel had released before. For example, the music blended traditional symphonic sounds with African-inspired chanting and American rapping for a fresh soundtrack in a franchise riddled with often mediocre music. The colors scheme and cinematography offer plenty of visual riches to compliment the smart writing.

Unfortunately, the movie does suffer from occasional sub-par special effects. Black Panther’s suit is a little too CGI-doctored up and some moments strain the suspension of disbelief a little tight. However, as Black Panther stood more on its inventiveness and character depth than its action sequences, the issue is easily overlooked.

In the end, Black Panther is what more superhero movies need to be-- original, well-written, and brimming with diverse and real characters. Although it requires some previous Marvel knowledge, Black Panther is perfect for a fun and almost brainy movie experience.


Baskerville, Dawn M. “'Black Panther' Preview: Meet Lupita Nyong'o's Character Nakia.” TheGrio, TheGrio, 7 Feb. 2018,

“Black Panther.” The Box Office Mojo, The Box Office Mojo, updated 30 Mar. 2018,

Coogler, Ryan, director. Black Panther. Marvel Studios, 2018.

Pulliam-Moore, Charles. “Marvel's 'Black Panther' Isn't Just Another Black Superhero.” NPR, NPR, 16 Nov. 2014,

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Have you seen Black Panther? Do you enjoy comic book movies? 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Sixth Sense Review

Hello, all! I've been working on a Cinema As Art high school credit this year and I thought I'd share the first review I wrote for that-- a review of a movie I think I like more than most people do, The Sixth Sense

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Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and released in 1999, The Sixth Sense blends terrifying horror and heartwarming drama to create a masterful thriller. After the success of The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan has somewhat fallen out of critical approval since directing Avatar: The Last Airbender(2010) which is commonly considered one of the worst movies ever made. He's also directed some lackluster films like 2017's Split. However, his work on this and other successes like Signs should not be forgotten.
Doctor Malcolm has practiced child psychology for many years and receives a Mayor's Citation for Professional Excellence. That night, a previous patient breaks into his bedroom. The young man trembles as he tells Doctor Malcolm that the doctor’s treatment failed. Before the doctor or his wife can do anything, he shoots himself in the head and fires at Malcolm. The following fall, resolved to redeem himself, Doctor Malcolm takes on the case of 9 year-old Cole. Reclusive and elusive, Cole navigates a difficult relationship with his single mother and friends at school. He experiences bullying and rejection from his classmates. Most strangely of all, he has an eerie sense for things that those around him don't know. Through asking questions and shadowing the child, Doctor Malcolm tries to break into the child and the source of his problems. Meanwhile, Malcolm feels increasingly disconnected from his wife.

Bruce Willis plays the sympathetic Doctor Malcolm, handling his interactions with Cole and with his wife well. Harry Joel Osment plays a riveting Cole whose eyes communicate as much as his words do. The Oscars even nominated Osment for Best Supporting Actor at age 11. (Unfortunately, he did not win.) The supporting cast including Toni Colette and Olivia Williams execute their roles well.
The color red reappears throughout the film-- in clothing, blankets, pills, and a recurring doorknob. It may represent the presence of death or blood. Another motif is the contrast between light and dark. Some scenes occur in broad daylight, serving as the interim to the terrifying nighttime and otherwise dark scenes. Similarly, jarring music creates tension while the softer opening and ending music represents the almost eerie peace the characters find by the end of the movie.

The Sixth Sense is scary because it magnifies common childhood fears. For example, like Cole, I was always afraid of going outside of my bedroom late at night. But for Cole, the experience is much more terrifying. Many children fear bullies, but Cole's bullies(besides being inherently horrible) force him to face an even scarier presence. Additionally, The Sixth Sense relies on minimal blood and gore, even staying within the PG-13 parameters. And rather than leaving the viewer with an “icky” feeling as many horror flicks might, the film resolves Cole's story heartwarmingly. The Sixth Sense concludes with an incredible twist that was meticulously set up and powerfully executed. In a poll reported by The Guardian, The Sixth Sense was voted the film with the best plot twist of all time.
Determining whether the story belongs to Malcolm or Cole can be confusing-- it mainly acts like Cole's story but on closer examination is really Malcolm's journey. This leads to the purpose of the story feeling a little muddled. Otherwise, The Sixth Sense is an incredible experience-- frightening, engaging, and clever. For viewers who can handle the often terrifying themes and sequences, this is a top-notch psychological thriller.
The Sixth Sense. Dir. M. Night Shyamalan Perf. Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment. Spyglass Entertainment, 1999.

Shoard, Catherine. “Spoiler alert: The Sixth Sense voted film with best twist.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 26 July 2010,

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Have you seen The Sixth Sense? Do you have any favorite thrillers? 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Back to the Future: A Mini Review

As my family has been taking an epic four day college-tour road-trip, my sister and I have spent the hours in the car catching up on cinema thanks to two lovely dvd players fastened to the car seats in front of us. We've watched High School Musical(for the first time!), X-Men, and even an episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show.

But my favorite was easily Back to the Future. I wholeheartedly enjoyed every minute.

Marty McFly accidentally travels thirty years in the past. With the help of his friend, Doc Brown, Marty attempts to get his parents together and return to the present time.

The movie maintains a quick pace, brimming with comedy and earnestness. The humor is on par with films of the comedy genre, particularly recurring verbal jokes and references.  And the laughs never distract from the heart of the story that tackles high school issues like bullying, assault, and the struggle to fit in.

The characters were maybe a little flat, but I think the movie accomplished exactly what it was trying to do nonetheless.

Back to the Future is a happy, momentous story that I will be happy to experience again. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok, Harry Potter, and More: November Mini Reviews

November has been an interesting month for movies. I saw a couple mediocre flicks and a couple gems. Here are some of them.

Thor: Ragnarok

Ragnarok revamps everything fans have come to associate with Thor. Thor's long blond hair and beard? The Natalie Portman romantic interest? Dark and somber tone? All gone.

On the one hand, the franchise needed a facelift. The last movie(Thor: Dark World) probably places in Marvel’s “5 Worst Movies” and the movie before that was received luke-warmly. On the other hand, there ought to have been a level of respect for what the MCU had been establishing about this character for the last six years. 

Sure, Thor’s 180° tonal turn was more fun and entertaining, but at the high price of Thor's past legacy. As Taika Waititi has himself admitted, this is a comedy.

Despite that, Ragnarok offers a load of fun and laughs, with great visuals and the best Thor-Loki interactions yet. I had a lot of fun. 2.5 out of 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

It’s impossible to separate The Sorcerer’s Stone from a thick shroud of happy nostalgia. But I think it’s safe to say it's pretty solid.

The special effects less than mind-blowing to this Marvel-spoiled viewer and the middle portions could be said to sag. The plot-twist is well executed, but maybe not Agatha Christie-level mind blowing.

However, the set and music are nuanced and beautiful. The child actors are adorable yet convincing in the emotionally heavy points of the story. The humor is fun, and unlike Thor: Ragnarok, doesn’t undercut the authenticity of the story. The run time is well distributed between plot development, world-building, and character development-- often all three simultaneously.
4 out of 5 stars

Doctor Strange

Not necessarily one of the more memorable movies of the MCU. Stephen Strange’s character arc feels a little rushed. The green screen shots are a little heavy and the possibilities inherent in Doctor Strange’s powers are left under-explored.

The conclusion offers inventive, fresh material-- breaking the mold of the infamous “superhero battles big monster” cliche. Benedict Cumberbatch as Strange lives up to his impeccable reputation and Tilda Swinton offers an intriguing mentor figure.
3 out of 5 stars


One of the best movies I’ve seen in awhile. Leonardo DiCaprio nails his role as Cobb, along with the talented supporting cast. Christopher Nolan builds Cobb’s emotionally involving backstory in a way that drives the plot and introduces probing philosophical questions. The plot is deliciously complex and mind-boggling without being impossible to follow.

The stunning visuals and special effects created an immersive dream-like feel. No pun intended, but Inception is good on almost every level.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Matrix: Premise, Premise

I saw The Matrix for the first time a few weeks ago and it was one of the best movies I'd seen in a while.

The story revolves around the concept of a fake reality-- a computer system called The Matrix-- that most of humanity unknowingly lives in. Physically, they're floating in human warehouses, but according to their perception, they are operating in a world very similar to ours.

The reason The Matrix is so intriguing--and disturbing-- is that it implants a fear in the viewer that he may be under a similar illusion. How do you know you're really seeing this screen with your own eyeballs and not actually floating with a bunch of wires somewhere in a pool of goo? The film had a lot of fun with the premise without being completely devoid of plot. And even though it never really settles on a particular worldview or message, the movie plays with some interesting worldviews and ideas.

Sadly, the character development was a little lacking. The main character, Neo, had an interesting character arc, but he was fairly bland for the beginning of the movie. None of the other characters experienced much development but again I can forgive that for just how much fun I had with this movie.

I've also read critics call The Matrix unsubstantial. I agree to an extent and did find that a little disappointing.

If I were grading The Matrix for cohesiveness and quality, I might end up giving it a 7 out of 10. But as a viewer who really enjoyed this and was willing to overlook the flaws I mentioned, I'm giving it an 8 out of 10. 

With a good enough premise-- and execution of the premise-- even otherwise bad movies can deliver.

Monday, October 9, 2017

What The Last Jedi Trailer Promises Us

The Last Jedi trailer dropped during football tonight. It's currently #1 trending on YouTube and it's more or less exploded my Twitter feed.

If you haven't yet, watch it:

This is awesome. The visuals are beautiful and there's plenty to suggest The Last Jedi will have a lot of great character moments and development, which is where the Star Wars franchise has always shone(well, excepting the prequels).

But what stood out most to me was its individuality from the previous Star Wars installments' trailers. The Force Awakens and Rogue One trailers often relied on nostalgia. For example, the Rogue One teaser opens with a slow piano rendition of the Star Wars theme and Mon Mothma and a quick shot of Darth Vader.

The second trailer for The Force Awakens pulled out all the nostalgia stops-- voice over from Luke in The Return of the Jedi and a shot of Vader's mask and the "Chewie, we're home" line. It was sentimentality overload and-- for what it was trying to accomplish-- it totally worked. But the franchise doesn't need that anymore. After all the de ja vu in The Force Awakens, fans are ready for new ground.

We've deduced by tonight that either Kylo will probably become good or Luke will become bad or Rey will become bad or all three. So this trailer is lying or The Last Jedi is going to be quite original. I feel safe expecting that it will stand on its own feet, take new risks, and--I hope-- be absolutely fantastic.

What did you think about the trailer? Are you looking forward to the franchise heading in bold directions? 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Batman Begins Review

"Deep down you may still be that same great kid you used to be. But it's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you."
(warning: spoilers--mainly in Batman's origin story-- revealed)

Batman Begins provides both a satisfying origins story and kick-off adventure for the well known and loved comic book character, Batman/Bruce Wayne.

A lot gets crammed in, but it's handled more coherently and compellingly than other overstuffed superhero flicks have been, like say, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It sometimes lacked the emotional appeal that should have accompanied events like the Wayne parents' death. Likewise, Bruce's decision to exact revenge on his parents' murderer could have been better fleshed out for more suspense and emotional capability. The timeline can also feel a bit choppy at times.

Regardless, this was an excellent superhero movie. Rather than distracting from the main character, the sheer scope of the film built a compelling arc. Bruce Wayne changes drastically throughout the film and became a character I could totally get behind.

The supporting characters are impressive-- the lovable Alfred, the terrifying Scarecrow, and also terrifying(in a very different sense) Falcone. I'd also like to give a shout-out to this movie for including a romantic interest who actually propels the plot. Not that I find the damsel-in-distress device always wrong or offensive in superhero films, but when the hero and the girl can drive the story, it adds dynamic.

There are funny moments and plenty of-- arguably too much -- big and exciting action. I definitely enjoyed it.

Batman Begins is entertaining, vast, and a movie I'm dying to rewatch. It easily earns four out of five stars. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dunkirk Review[Spoiler Free]

"...we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender." -Winston Churchill, shortly after the evacuation of Dunkirk

In the spring of 1940, British troops were surrounded by German military at Dunkirk, on the Northern coast of France, a mere 20-some miles from the English shore. The British launched Operation Dynamo, an effort to evacuate as many of allied forces as possible.*

A few weeks ago, the lauded Christopher Nolan(Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, etc.) released Dunkirk to commemorate those events.

Thankfully, after all the hype and praise, it turns out there is little wrong with Dunkirk. At the same time, it never floored me and I might even go so far as to say it never quite reached its full potential. That isn't to imply a movie must floor its audience to be good-- Dunkirk isn't not good. It's a fine movie. But it isn't the cinematic exhibition I had expected.  

The story unfolds simultaneously on three levels: land(one week), water(one day), and air(one hour). The overlap was highly disorienting. I've heard the confusion was intended to immerse the audience in the unsettling nature of war. However, I feel like war is disorienting in different ways so I wish he had focused more on different opportunities for demonstrating that. 

Nolan conveyed terror less through graphic violence and more through facial expressions, dialogue, and the loud noises of warfare-- I jumped in my theater seat several times. There's a place for that explicitness in other war films, but I think Nolan wanted to impress on us the more prominent horrors of the Dunkirk scenes. I feel like he could have done a little more of that-- lingering longer on the bombing episodes and shorter on the interim(or not necessarily shorter, considering the movies quick run-time). Even without crossing a boundary into gratuitous violence, I wish the film had better impressed on me the stakes at Dunkirk. 

So what about Dunkirk did impress me?

For one, the casting. The more respected actors(Kenneth Branagh, Cilian Murphy, Tom Hardy) were relegated to fairly minor roles, leaving room for the extras and smaller-name actors. 

Dunkirk is both Fionn Whitehead's and Harry Styles's film debut. Casting Fionn Whitehead as the main character was brilliant because he felt authentic and didn't carry any celebrity baggage. And though it baffles me why the casting directors saw fit to include a boy-band-heart-throb-teen-sensation, Harry Styles performed well, his character fitting neatly into the narrative. 

Much of the movie's shots are gorgeous-- almost distracting-ly so. The sheer beauty of the composition, the landscape, and the use of colors were enough to nearly detract from the tone of the story. 

Unlike most war movies(and films in general), Dunkirk doesn't pedestal a couple select heroes of the evacuation, but offered a grounded immersion in the actions of realistic characters-- some heroes, but most frankly on level with how average people would probably respond in those circumstances. 

The lack of dialogue was reverent and boasted amazing showing-versus-telling techniques. Hans Zimmer's soundtrack, though un-melodic, complements the tone and heightens tension. The videography, especially in scenes shot underwater, was inventive and (literally) immersive. 

Immersive is an excellent word for this movie. It was a 107 minutes of my afternoon well spent. Dunkirk could have delivered better in a few areas, but it gave me deeper respect for the historical event and in many aspects, was even enjoyable. So I'm giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Have you seen Dunkirk? What did you think? Were you able to follow the story, or did you find it confusing? 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Avengers Review

Ahhh, the movie that started it all. Just kidding. That was Iron Man.

But Avengers did a lot to launch the MCU into the cinematic dominance it still enjoys today. In a way it has almost become its own franchise's touchstone.

Synopsis: Prompted when the Asgardian demigod Loki brainwashes S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Clint Barton and steals the Tessaract, Nick Fury(director of S.H.I.E.L.D.) gathers a group of superhumans to deliver the world from Loki's influence. 

(Warning: Spoilers for Avengers and Age of Ultron follow)

The best word to describe the Avengers is "fun". And I don't mean mindless, unsubstantial diversion, but more the sort of fun that you feel justified having. It's a good movie-- the producers and actors obviously had a grip on what they were doing. Yet more than anything, it's really just fun. 

Per usual Marvel style, the villain and his army are probably the weak link. YouTube's The Closer Look points this out in his video essay, Why Thor Is The Best Marvel Movie(disclaimer: I don't agree with everything he says and there is a quick instance of language). He points out that Loki's motives are inconsistent with those in Thor. Not to mention, they're just bland. However, Tom Hiddleston's acting compensates for this in a number of delightful scenes(particularly when Natasha "interrogates" him).

The characters experience pretty minimal growth throughout the film's 2 hr+ run-time, but the dialogue, acting and background provided for each Avenger suffices for considerably thorough character development.

It's frustrating Marvel teased a potential Clint/Natasha pairing without any since payoff. It may have made Hawkeye's backstory reveal in Age of Ultron more surprising, but Marvel could have developed Natasha and Bruce's chemistry earlier on, leading to a richer relationship. 

Minus that, the dynamics and interactions between characters owns the movie. The obvious tension between Tony and Steve and Tony and Thor humorously deepens each person's development. As does Bruce acting cool and patronizing despite Tony's shenanigans. Everything is more interesting with Iron Man. 

The CGI is beautiful and made the non-character focused scenes intensely enjoyable as well. And despite all the fun this movie is, it does allow the audience to understand the stakes through Agent Coulson's death. 

To conclude, Avengers rises above its limited flaws to offer a solid big-scale superhero flick. I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 star rating. 

Do you enjoy Avengers? How do you think it compares to Age of Ultron?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming faced high expectations-- not only was it a third interpretation of the character and a sixth in the long line of Spider-Man movies, it was also a Marvel Cinematic Universe installment. Not to mention it had the lowest budget of the Spidey films since Spider-Man in 2002. Was Homecoming everything fans had wanted and more? 

Homecoming centered on Peter Parker's quest to prove himself to Mr. Stark, fit in with his classmates, balance superhero responsibilities with school and life, and win the affection of his crush, Liz. It introduced Vulture to the big screen-- a ex-construction worker who feels cheated by "big shots" like Tony Stark and turns to illegal weapon manufacturing to support himself and his family.

Let's be real, Homecoming lacked the depth we've come to appreciate after the three(yes, all three) Sam Raimi movies. I never really identified a takeaway. The movie played on the concept of Peter's identity with and without the suit. That was great and created a nice little character arc, but was ultimately underplayed. It even toyed with the "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" theme that was central in former Spider-Man movies and comics(and many other superhero flicks), but not majorly.

from Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Man's debut

This could be attributable to its attempt to cater to a younger audience. The first two acts felt almost like one of those kids movies that's frosted over with innuendo-winks at adults. Some depth could have made it more adult-friendly-- because sorry, that Ned-in-the-library joke doesn't count.

Some of the jokes worked really well, others were crude, out-of-place...or just not funny. Also the instances of strong language were mostly throw-aways and further confused who the film wanted the audience to be.

(From here on, there will be unmarked spoilers. If you haven't seen Homecoming yet, stay clear.)

Michelle delivered some of the funniest lines, but her character felt more like an excuse to include a kids' celebrity-- Zendaya-- until this part. Whether she can justify her inclusion to the series in the next movie, we'll have to see. Flash, who likewise provided a dose of humor, failed to impress the audience as a formidable bully. Even Ned(who was also hilarious) lacked development. Besides Peter and The Vulture, none of the characters experienced much growth or got a chance to emotionally connect with the audience unless by extension because they were friends with/enemies to Peter.

Having got that out of the way, Homecoming was actually an excellent movie. It stood out from other MCU installments and previous Spider-Man movies.

Firstly, Tom Holland plays a basically perfect Spider-Man character. Andrew Garfield may still be a better representation of the original comic book character, but Tom Holland isn't far off. He's definitely less prideful than Garfield's interpretation and less goody-goody than Tobey Maguire-- who, to be fair, is another excellent Peter Parker. Neither Garfield nor Maguire played very convincing teenagers but thankfully Holland nails the fifteen year-old. His character also lends more continuity between Peter and Spidey.

The Vulture wasn't quite as fleshed out as he could have been but was nonetheless one of the best MCU villains since Loki.

I did mention earlier that some of the jokes didn't work-- that being said, this is, hands down, the funniest Spider-Man(and perhaps MCU?) movie ever. In fact, a lot of it was flat out hilarious.

"As you know, we made it out alive, and that’s the important thing. Couldn’t bear to lose a student on a school trip...not again."
-Mr. Harrington on the Washington Monument incident
One of the funniest elements was the insight into everyday life for teenagers in the same universe as the Avengers and their activity. The Captain America PSAs and Flash's Black Widow reference played out perfectly. I don't know why the "hot Aunt May" change was necessary except to mix things up but it provided some of the movie's funniest lines("I think he larbs you.") and otherwise seemed to work.

Thankfully, funny as the movie was, the jokes didn't clog its emotional appeal. A few days before Homecoming, I had watched the popular video, What Writers Should Learn From Wonder Woman, that argues recent Hollywood movies(especially from the MCU) have inadvertently become parodies-- undermining their own emotional appeal by opting for jokes. It's an excellent video; I highly recommend it. While watching Homecoming, I kept an eye out for instances of this mistake. There really aren't any. When Peter loses his suit, when he's on the car ride to homecoming(which has its own sort of nervous humor that isn't what I'm describing), when he decides not to move into the Avengers tower, and above all, when he's caught under the rubble, the audience is allowed to fully experience the consequential emotions.

The rubble scene was one of the too few times in MCU history that I was caught off by my own emotional response. Not only that, it was possibly the most heart wrenching "kid" moment in the entire Spider-Man cinematic history. For the first few lines of his monologue, Peter was a fifteen year old caught under a collapsed building. We have plenty of Peter-Parker-crying shots during Uncle Ben's death or whatnot from the previous franchises but this was a kid dying under a cement heap and he did what any teenager would do-- he freaked out. And it was absolutely effective. It was a jarring reminder to the audience of what previous Spidey series have told us, but never shown us this well.

And let's not forget the plot twist. I'm going to be honest-- at first the reveal failed to impress me. I think I can trace that back to watching Beyond the Mask and its plot twist which followed a similar formula. "Guy likes girl. Guy asks girl out(in this movie he actually proposes). Guy must meet family member first. Family member turns out to be guy's archenemy. Some awkward tension with guy, archenemy, and unwitting girl. Guy and archenemy fight."

But when I had time to reflect on the execution of Homecoming's twist and see it a second time I realized how brilliantly it was executed, especially compared to Beyond the Mask's reveal which was executed lazily.

Not just the twist, but the whole subsequent scene was genius. It was even funny at times but in a way that didn't necessarily compete with the suspenseful tension.

Peter could act immature and even (dare I say?) a little annoying in the beginning of the movie, but once the Vulture reveal scene triggered his leaving homecoming, saving Adrian's life, and finally turning down Tony Stark's offer, we were given gobs of reason to get behind him and sympathize with him. By the end, the audience was ready to shout with the ferry passenger, "Yeah, Spider-Man!" Or I was anyway.

As to the ending before the end credits, I'm personally really looking forward to seeing how Aunt May interacts with this discovery and his future superhero activity.

The first end credit scene touchingly completed The Vulture's character arc and the second end credit scene...well, that scene speaks for itself.

In conclusion, Spider-Man: Homecoming introduces fresh content to the MCU and legacy of Spider-Man movies. Despite lacking the depth Sam Raimi taught us superhero movies are capable of, it delivers an emotionally compelling and otherwise highly entertaining reincarnation of one of Marvel's most iconic superheroes. I loved it, it was amazing, and I'm giving it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

What did you think about Spider-Man: Homecoming? What did you think was the takeaway of the movie? What has been your favorite Spider-Man movie thus far?