I have an irrational fondness for the Toby Maguire Spiderman trilogy. After all, Spiderman 3 was the first superhero movie I watched. It holds a special place in my heart. I forgive its flaws (you know what I’m talking about). But despite my loyalty, I have to say that Homecoming is my favorite Spiderman movie.
There’s so much I love about it. I love Tony Stark as the mentor, I love all the supporting characters (I mean ALL), and I love how young Peter is. But from a technical standpoint, one thing in particular stands out. Homecoming is delightfully self-aware, without taking you out of the world.
There’s always a lot of talk of violence in media, media like movies or videogames or even books. In general, people caution against viewing violence in entertainment because it can desensitize you to violence in real life.
I completely agree that we should be careful about what we watch or read. If I didn’t believe that media could influence people, why would I bother spending so much time writing?
The assumption that goes along with these views, though, is that less violence and gore makes a movie less desensitizing and therefore healthier. But sometimes, less violence can be more desensitizing, and it took an extremely brutal movie for me to realize that.
It’s no secret that it’s hard to end a story. Just look at the number of sequels that are released. Why complete a story when you don’t want to let go of the characters? When you still have more ideas for it? …When you could keep making money off it? Maintaining quality, that’s why.
Logan is the first real ‘end’ in the superhero franchises, excluding standalone trilogies like The Dark Knight and Spiderman. There’s a lot to learn from its willingness to let go of such a popular storyline.
I went into Rogue One expecting a romance.
Really, who didn’t? There was a girl and a guy for main characters, so obviously sparks would fly.
Well, things didn’t exactly go as planned. (Spoilers ahead)
I adore the 2013 The Great Gatsby movie. It’s one of the few places I can confidently say, *clears throat* I like the movie better than the book *villagers scream*.
Or, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice versus Captain America: Civil War, and what we writers can learn from the flop of one and success of the other (any guesses which is which?).