See It / Don’t See It If…Spider-Man: Homecoming



Advanced Screening Ticket + Freebies Courtesy of NY Comic-Con

Last night, I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming after winning a lottery hosted by New York Comic-Con (if you’re wondering about all the free movie tickets, I promise that a #TuesdayTip is coming soon), and not only was it at the trendy Alamo Draft House in BK, but it also included freebies.  Free Movie + Free Stuff = some of my favorite things.

I enjoy superhero movies.  We often go opening weekend, and if this awesome advanced screening ticket wouldn’t have fallen into my lap, I would have purchased tickets to go tomorrow or Saturday.  Now that I have seen Spider-Man, I probably won’t purchase those tickets…until next weekend. 😉  Yes, I plan on seeing it again.  I enjoyed it that much.

For those wondering, this film takes place after Captain America: Civil War.  I loved that this was true because it meant that the audience was not subjected to Peter’s (Tom Holland) origin story for the 3rd time. And although I don’t mind origin stories, I often feel like the film moves so much more slowly because of all the exposition they need to cover.  Spider-Man: Homecoming jumps right into the story, which makes me very, very happy.  We also meet a brand-new villain, Vulture (Michael Keaton), who is making & selling very dangerous weapons to dangerous people.  Peter, while trying to adjust to his life as Spider-Man (he is completing the “Stark Internship” & is currently on “Training Wheels Protocol”), tries looking out for the little guy, but keeps waiting to get the call from Tony Stark (the fantastic RDJ) to be a part of something bigger.  When he discovers Vulture and his ridiculous weapons, he can’t resist getting involved, causing a little trouble, but most importantly, learning more about who he is in his new role.

See It If/For…

  1. You love Marvel films.  This is definitely on-par with all of the films Marvel has released in recent years.  The effects and action sequences are great, we get a new, super fun villain, and the Spider-Man suit continues to get upgraded (thank you, Tony Stark).  I saw it in Standard 2D, but I bet it looks incredible in IMAX or 3D.
  2. The Cast.  Tom Holland is a great fit as Spider-Man.  Nothing against Maguire or Garfield, but Holland, to me, is more how I envision Peter Parker: as an angsty teenage boy.  When he says he’s 15, I believe it (although I know Holland is older than that).  Also, Michael Keaton makes a spectacular villain.  I’ve always thought of him as Batman (ok, and Beetlejuice), but I liked him as Vulture.  He’s also one of the few villains that I’ve felt empathy for (although the more I think about it, most of the villains in the Spider-Man films have been well-developed). Also, Peter’s friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) was a terrific surprise & cracked me up.  Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, and Laura Harrier were also great additions to the cast, and I wanted more of them.  Finally, I would see RDJ as Tony Stark anytime.
  3. The Cameos.  You could check IMDB, but there are obviously a few nice cameos from the MCU.
  4. The Humor.  Not all super hero films have a ton of it, but there are quite a few funny moments in this film.  I like a movie that can be intense and funny at the same time.

Don’t See It If...

1. I…don’t have a reason.  But I am also all about superhero films.  Although most films, when introducing (or in this case, re-introducing) a character focus on origin, I appreciated that it got right into the action.  There are definitely some moments when Peter is figuring things out, but the story moves along smoothly.

To finish, there was at least one thing I missed the first time (I’ll need to be a diligent re-watcher), and, as always with these, stay until the end of the credits! 🙂  There is an additional scene early in the credits, but that isn’t the only one.  The second scene (@ the v. end) made me laugh out loud.

Will you see Spider-Man: Homecoming this weekend?  Have you seen it?  What did you think?




See It/Don’t See It If…Despicable Me 3



On June 28, a friend of mine took me to see an advanced screening of Despicable Me 3 (I know, I am super delayed right now with my posting…working on it!).  I may be an adult, but I’m all for a great animated film.  I do have a confession to make – as much as I have heard about the Despicable Me franchise (and have ridden the Minions ride @ Universal Studios), I actually haven’t seen any of the other movies (cue gasps).  I am pretty much reviewing this as a stand alone film (which any great movie should be able to do), and can give you no comparison to the other films, so here we go.

Basic synopsis: Gru (Steve Carell, the newest member of the silver fox club) finds out he has a half-brother, Dru (both parents got to keep one child in the settlement, and as Gru’s mom states, she chose second. Rude), who wants Gru & his family to visit him on the island where he runs the family business – pig farming (I’m sure you can guess this is a front).  Dru wants Gru to teach him everything Gru knows about being a villain. Dru has some super high-tech stuff, and Gru realizes he can use this equipment to get back an amazing pink diamond from Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker).  Bratt wants the diamond so that he can fuel his personal machine to take over the Hollywood.  Also, Agnes goes searching for a unicorn, and the minions want to be villains, not good guys, so they go on strike.  I think that about covers it.

See It If…

  1. You have children.    All of the children in the audience were laughing and having a blast.  They will enjoy it.
  2. You have seen the other films.  Several adults sitting near me sans kids were also getting a kick out of Gru & Dru’s antics.  Although one of them gave me a rundown of what I should know before the film started, I didn’t find the movie as humorous as they did.  I strongly believe this is because they were extremely invested in the characters from what they learned in the previous films.
  3. You love minions.  Though they don’t play an extremely large role in this film, the moments they are on-screen are fun.

Don’t See It If…

  1. You haven’t seen the other films.  This film seems more like a part of a series (which it is) than something that stands on its own.  The story was easy enough to follow, but as someone who hasn’t seen the past films, I just wasn’t as entertained.

Despicable Me 3 is already playing in theaters and won the box office last weekend.  It will most likely be dethroned by Spider-Man: Homecoming (more on that later), but should, along with Cars 3, continue to bring in the families.