The first thing I’m going to tell you about Spider-Man: Homecoming is that it has been gloriously undersold in its uninspiring trailers and promotional posters. In fact, most of the marketing materials shown made it look like this would be Iron Man 4 ft. Peter Parker. Thankfully that’s not the case.
The second thing I’ll tell you is that Tom Holland’s turn as Peter Parker is very good indeed. But is he better than Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield? Well, for that you’ll have to read on. Continue reading
Hacksaw Ridge review: by Rob Stoakes
UK certification: 15
Mel Gibson is not a name I expected to see in Oscar Season. Not because his films are bad, mind, far from it. It’s just that he’s in that category of filmmakers shared by Roman Polanski and Lars Von Trier. Because of their reputations outside of their work, any appraisal of their career comes with more asterisks than a French comic book shop.
Gibson’s career homicide, in particular, seemed so devastating that he could invent a machine that cured diabetes with warm hugs and his obituary would still credit him as “The messiah-complex bigot who admitted to strangling toasters, don’t hatefully glare too much at the picture above or his madness may infect you.” Continue reading
Silence review: by Rob Stoakes
UK certification: 15
Poor Andrew Garfield. He’s clearly dedicated to his craft and he’s by no means a bad actor, but with his legacy already tainted by being the worst Spiderman in the worst Spiderman films, a pair of films so bad that Marvel officially took joint custody of the property like an abused child, Andrew Garfield has had to back away from blockbusters. The plan is clearly to be in a few indie films, maybe some supporting role in a bigger flick, and then with a healthy dose of experience under his belt he can make a triumphant return as…
Whoops! You’re in the leading role in a super-serious Oscar hopeful directed by Martin Scorsese and you have to act alongside Liam Neeson. Good luck! Continue reading
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Marc Webb
Music: Hans Zimmer
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field
Marc Webb’s first attempt at being behind the lens of a Marvel film was 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Just five years after Sam Raimi concluded his trilogy with Tobey Maguire in the tight fitting suit, Andrew Garfield donned the iconic costume in a film that was good if a little unnecessary. Here, Webb returns just two years later with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but can it prove its worth? Continue reading