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Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984

  As superhero sequels go, Wonder Woman 1984 is pretty epic, but it’s not without its flaws. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s ‑‑ an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom, and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah (Kristen Wigg), a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility. Now, I’m not the only one who has been waiting for this movie. I loved the first Wonder Woman film, not just because Gal Gadot was breathtaking in the title role but by its brilliant execution (which the DCEU was clearly lacking) and that was enough to get me excited for the sequel. And now that I’ve finally gotten to watch it, thanks to HBO Max, I’m so happy. With a runtime of

Spider-Man Homecoming Review

After making his big screen debut in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland makes his first solo outing as a webslinger in Spider-Man: Homecoming, now playing in theaters.

The film marks Spider-Man’s place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but does well to stand out on its own. It has the perfect combination of a funny teenage comedy/drama and a superhero film. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man movies seemed to push Peter Parker’s schooling to the background, whereas this film brings it front and center, making it a high school movie first and an MCU film second.

Homecoming keeps the jokes about teenage life at a decent pace and blends it together with many moments of lightheartedness, creating a self-contained narrative as we see Peter struggling to be a normal teenager and a 15-year-old crime fighter. The movie also does a great job combining its broadly comedic antics with more drama and character development, which helps moves the film forward.

I was impressed with Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man in Civil War and was excited to see what he would do in his first solo adventure. Holland’s young age and charismatic performance makes his take on the character believable as a kid who has good intention but is in way over his head. The other young costars are just as likeable and believable in their performances. Jacob Batalon was great as Peter’s nerdy and enthusiastic best friend Ned, and Zendaya was brilliant as the whip-smart loner Michelle, who may or may not become important in the sequel. Laura Harrier’s Liz was an interesting take on the typical Peter Parker love interest. Homecoming keeps the attention on Peter and his schoolmates, which is great, but Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May make for some sweet and interesting moments.

Michael Keaton makes his return to the superhero genre as the villain Adrian Toomes/Vulture. It was a breath of fresh air to see a villain that wasn’t the Green Goblin, and Keaton’s performance makes the character compelling.

Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t do much in a way of moving the MCU storyline forward, but it excels at being a standalone superhero Marvel movie that isn’t dependent on its cinematic universe. Homecoming makes for an exceptional summer blockbuster for MCU fans and casual moviegoers. The character Spider-Man will next be seen in next years Avengers: Infinity Wars.

Published at Fine Magazine