Movies: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Maudie, War for the Planet of the Apes

FINALLY, some movies worthy of attention, albeit, not neccessarily for everyone’s interests.  All very different.  All worthy of consideration depending on your tastes.  Enjoy!

Spider-Man: Homecoming

This was a most intriguing, although often confusing, rendition of the Spider-man by Marvel.  Intriguing because this Spider-man is funny, friendly and down to earth with a sense of himself.  Confusing because the mentor, Tony Stark, is an overbearing, butt-in-ski that seemed out of place and unnecessary for this film.

The story flows along with a fresh easy feel.  Natural, somewhat light hearted. Tom Holland is brilliant in the role of Spider-man.  Michael Keaton brings star power to the role of Vulture, although this viewer felt he was more of a distraction than evil doer.  There is a long list of actors that include notable roles by Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Chris Evans, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Connelly.

The genre is listed as Fantasy/Science Fiction.  It is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours, 13 minutes.

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Maudie

This film is base on real people and events.  It is a story beginning in the 1930’s in Nova Scotia.  It is a recreation of a story seemingly from another world with different standards and values.  The strained relationship between two lead characters is often difficult to watch and yet compelling at the same time.

Leading actors, Sally Hawkins is the scullery maid and folk artist, Ethan Hawke is the damaged fishmonger.  Together they deliver powerful depictions of their characters.  Kari Matchett and Gabrielle Rose have the only other significant roles although there are a half dozen other actors rounding out the cast.

While this film is rated PG-13 there are a few intense scenes that may not be appropriate for youngsters.  The genre is listed as Drama/Romance and runs one hour, 55 minutes.

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War for the Planet of the Apes

This third in a series of “Apes” films is the best to date.  To be clear, it is also the darkest and most violent of the series.  These overtones make for realistic and sobering viewing.  We have no idea how they maintained the PG-13 rating.

That said, in this rendition, you will no doubt be cheering for the Apes instead of the horrific depiction of humans.  This film is action packed, heartbreaking and visually powerful, often all at the same time.

There is a huge cast.  Andy Serkis is Ceasar and prolific Woody Harrelson plays the Colonel.  Our favorite character, Cornelius, is played by actress Devyn Dalton.  Don’t ask us how they do it but they do it exceptionally well along with the 16 other lead characters.

It is listed as a Science Fiction/Drama and runs a riveting 2 hours, 22 minutes.

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