Thursday, 19 October 2017

Kingsman: The Secret Service/The Golden Circle Review

Kingsman: The Secret Service/The Golden Circle

Release Date: 5th February 2015 - Australia (Secret Service)
21st September 2017 - Australia (Golden Circle)

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Marv Films
Cloudy Productions
TSG Entertainment (made in association with)

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable for Young Children)

Runtime: 129 minutes (Secret Service)
                141 minutes (Golden Circle)

Budget: $94,000,000 (Secret Service)
$104,000,000 (Golden Circle)

Box Office Gross: $414,351,546 (Worldwide) (Secret Service)
$287,633,074 (Worldwide) (Golden Circle) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summaries

Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, whose
late father secretly worked for a
spy organis.ation, lives in a
South London housing estate
and seems headed for a life
behind bars. However, dapper
agent Harry Hart recognises
potential in the youth and
recruits him to be a trainee in
the secret service. Meanwhile, 
villainous Richmond Valentine 
launches a diabolical plan to 
solve the problem of climate 
change via a worldwide killing 

Gary “Eggsy” Unwin is learning 
what it takes to be a true 
Kingsman from mentor Harry 
Hart. He learns nice clothes, 
fancy cars and cool weapons 
help the Kingsman with their 
ultimate goal: to sacrifice 
anything for the greater good.

But when the Kingsman 
headquarters is destroyed, 
Eggsy and Merlin have to 
figure out who is responsible. 
Their research leads them 
to discover an allied American 
agency called Statesman 
comprised of Agent Tequila, 
Agent Whiskey and Agent 
Champagne. The two agencies 
decide to band together to try 
to discover this new enemy 
and save the world.

Talon Egerton - Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin
Colin Firth - Harry Hart/Galahad
Mark Strong - Merlin
Sophie Cookson - Roxy
Edward Holcroft - Charlie
Samantha Womack - Michelle Unwin
Tobi Bakare - Jamal
Hanna Alström - Princess Tilde

Samuel L. Jackson - Richmond Valentine
Sofia Boutella - Gazelle
Michael Caine - Chester King/Arthur
Mark Hamill - Professor Arnold 
Jack Davenport - Lancelot
Geoff Bell - Dean
Jordan Long - Poodle
Alex Nikolov - Little Eggsy
Fiona Hampton - Amelia
Jack Cutmore-Scott - Rufus Saville
Bjørn Floberg - Scandavian Prime Minister
Lily Travers - Lady Sophie
Richard Brake - The Interrigator
Nicholas Banks - Digby
Tom Prior - Hugo
Jonno Davies - Lee
Theo Barklem-Biggs - Ryan
Morgan Watkins - Rottweiler
Nicholas Agnew - Nathaniel
Rowan Polonski - Piers

Julianne Moore - Poppy
Channinng Tatum - Tequila 
Pedro Pascal - Whiskey
Jeff Bridges - Champ
Halle Berry - Ginger
Elton John - Himself
Michael Gambon - Arthur
Keith Allen - Charles
Tom Benedict Knight - Angel
Mark Arnold - General McCoy
Bruce Greenwood - The President
Poppy Delevingne - Clara
Emily Watson - Chief of Staff Fox
Bjorn Granath - The King of Sweden
Lena Endre - The Queen of Sweden
Calvin Demba - Brandon
Thomas Turgoose - Liam

Screenplay/Producer/Director - Matthew Vaughn
Based on Comic Book “Secret Service”/Executive Producers - Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Screenplay/Co-Producer - Jane Goldman
Executive Producers - Pierre Lagrange, Stephen Marks and Claudia Schiffer
Producers - Adam Bohling and David Reid
Production Designers - Paul Kirby (*) and Darren Gilford (**)
Costume Designer - Adrianne Phillips
Cinematography - George Richmond
Stunt Coordinators - Bradley James Allan and Adam Kirley
Additional Stunt Coordinator - James O’Donnell (*)
Skydiving Supervisor - David Emerson (*)
Special Effects Supervisor - Steven Warner
Special Effects Consultant - Neil Corbould (*)
Visual Effects Supervisors - Steven Begg (*) and Angus Bickerton (**)
Visual Effects Supervisor/Lidar and Cyber Scanning Supervisor -
Huseyin Caner (*)
Additional Visual Effects Supervisors - John Paul Docherty
and John Bruno (*)
Film Editors - Eddie Hamilton and John Harris (*)
Music - Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson

I apologise for taking another break as I had to finish my long-term animated project among other things. While taking a trip down to Sydney, I recently come across the Hoyts cinema in Penrith where I saw the second KINGSMAN instalment THE GOLDEN CIRCLE. Before that, I had watched THE SECRET SERVICE and it was the fourth time that I’ve watched this film. 

An excessively violent spy-fi movie with stylised action sequences that reminisces the classic spy movies from the 1960s and 1970s like James Bond. KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE is a dapper movie with a great sense of humour and action-packed storyline. Matthew Vaughn has never been formally introduced to the espionage sub-genre for a film that’s based on an original comic. Much like his few other films that were previously adapted from comic-books, this movie also has the Director’s penchant for gruesome violence and vulgarity. Trust me, this one is completely different to his superhero flicks that were KICK-ASS and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (click here). This film has very much of the hardcore fight scenes and explosions and speaking of these two, the church scene and the pub-fight are absolutely two of the best moments and the part of the exploding heads is to die for.

Taron Egerton was warmly welcomed as the new star in a much-deserved role as Eggsy, a young man who desires to do good in his life. Colin Firth was even a suitable British actor when he is fantastic as Harry Hart who trains Eggsy to become a proper English gentleman spy. Hollywood’s living legend Samuel L. Jackson has had a dazzling opportunity to do an over-the-top portrayal as the lisping villainous businessman named Richmond Valentine. Mark Strong was the director’s frequent collaborator and is once again working with him in a supporting role as Merlin. Sofia Boutella was ideally chosen in her debut role as the deadly henchwoman Gazelle.

This movie may be horrifying for some with graphic violent scenes and crude language, and don’t mind the campiness that hasn’t been used before in a recent spy movie. I appreciate the level of enthusiasm that has been brought to THE SECRET SERVICE and is properly envisioned as the year’s ultimate action-packed blockbuster. If you are old enough to see it, just buy it or rent it elsewhere in online and retail.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

It seems that the wait is over as the first KINGSMAN movie’s helmer Matthew Vaughn is back for its newest chapter to revisit the glamorous but violent style of espionage. Unfortunately for him, he’s forgotten what he had promised us, more genuine class in the sequel.  THE GOLDEN CIRCLE was twice as big as the original film but rehashes everything that was done in its predecessor. There are a few grating plot-holes that were noticeable enough to derail the film off its corners. Nevertheless, the new characters were added to the plot like those from the Statesman agency plus the violence and action sequences are still intact but remained as over the top and edgy. 

It was truly unexpected to see Colin Firth return in a screen combination with the main lead actor Taron Egerton. Actress Julianne Moore does a great performance as the smart and cunning villainess who has a secret motivation that doesn’t involve world domination or doomsday cataclysm. Pop musician Elton John was no actor but rather than a cameo, he outplays himself as being in a supporting role. Halle Berry was sweet as the American female counterpart of Merlin. Jeff Bridges was a bit of a dandy as the head of the Statesman agency. Channing Tatum was good but I felt his character Tequila could have had more screen-time, if he was featured in the rest of the movie for more action. 

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is somewhat decent but it was an instantly forgettable continuation and some believed it was being put upon for the sake of the style. There is still much fun going on with just this film to get the KINGSMAN saga going until the next instalment is unveiled..

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Dunkirk Review


Release Date: 20th July 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Dombey Street Productions

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: War

Rating: M

Runtime: 106 minutes

Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $413,054,097 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary
In 1940 during the early days of World War II, hundreds of thousands of Allied soliders from Britian, Belgium and Canada find themselves trapped on the beach of the French coastal town of Dunkirk as they face an impossible crisis. They've been cut off and surrounded by ruthless German Nazi troops. Over the course of eight days, the men must struggle to survive and hope for rescue.

Fionn Whitehead - Tommy
Tom Hardy - Farrier
Mark Rylance - Mr. Dawson
Kenneth Branagh - Commander Bolton
Harry Styles - Alex
James D'Arcy - Colonel Winnant
Tom Glynn-Carney - Peter
Jack Lowden - Collins
Aneurin Barnard - Gibson
Barry Keoghan - George
Cillian Murphy - Shivering Solider

Writer/Producer/Director - Christopher Nolan
Executive Producer - Jake Myers
Producer - Emma Thomas
Production Designer - Nathan Crowley
Costume Designer - Jeffrey Kurland
Director of Photography - Hoyte van Hoytema
Special Effects Supervisor - Paul Corbould
Special Effects Coordinator - Scott R. Fisher
Visual Effects Supervisor - Andrew Jackson
Sound Designer - Richard King
Editor - Lee Smith
Music - Hans Zimmer

Director Chris Nolan is thought to have lost his touch when two of his previous films like THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (click here) and INTERSTELLAR (click here) were divided but still have positive responses when compared to his earlier successes. Now he triumphs through the ongoing success of his latest film DUNKIRK. It's a down-to-earth, suspenseful and melancholic war drama that accurately portrays the realism of the operation that took place in a small town in Europe during World War II. It's told from a few different perspectives including civilians and young soldiers who were desperate to survive and be rescued in a war torn land that was occupied by the Germans. There have been several movies that were based on the same historical fact, each share its same titled location before Nolan was to have his depiction filmed in 2017. A masterful attempt to embrace the glimpses of war that includes loss and devastation and unlike what Steven Spielberg has to offer for his well-made epic of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. It deserves to be appreciated by veterans who might tell their grandchildren and great-grandchildren of their experiences in Dunkirk.

It's absolutely amazing to see the newcomers Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles get together with Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy. They were performing very splendidly with the guidance of their director. The well-balanced cinematography was stunning and is catered to scenes of action, suspense and heartbreak. Hans Zimmer is again the composer for one of Nolan's compelling achievements and he certainly hasn't changed his style of orchestration as heard from the director's previous collaborations.

From deep psychological thrillers, caped-crusaders, magicians, exploring sub-consciousness and travelling wormholes, this was stylised in Nolan's signature directing style and it's highly considered his best movie of all time. For those who have and have not looked on its research, I recommend you see it in theatres before it hits the shelves.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 21 August 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes Review

War for the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: 27th July 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Chermin Entertainment
TSG Entertainment (in association with)

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M
Runtime: 140 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $346,317,943 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary
Highly intelligent Caesar and his ape colony are engaged in a heated battle with power-hungry humans. At the loss of several apes, Caesar is enraged and vows to avenge his fallen primates. To do so, he knows he'll have to combat the leader of the humans, a merciless Colonel. 

Whichever way the battle goes, the fate of apes and the future of Planet Earth hang in the balance.


The Apes
Andy Serkis - Caesar
Steve Zahn - Bad Ape
Karin Konoval - Maurice
Terry Notary - Rocket
Ty Olsson - Red
Michael Adamthwaite - Luca
Max Lloyd-Jones - Blue Eyes
Judy Greer - Cornelia
Toby Kebbell - Kopa 
Sara Canning - Lake
Devyn Dalton - Cornelius
Aleks Paunovic - Winter

The Humans
Woody Harrelson - Colonel
Amiah Miller - Nova
Gabriel Chavarria - Preacher

Writer/Director - Matt Reeves
Based on Novel and Suggested Concept "La Planete des Singes" - Pierre Boulle (Uncredited)
Based on Characters/Producers - Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Writer/Executive Producer - Mark Bomback
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Mary McLaglen 
Executive Producer - Jenno Topping
Producers - Dylan Clark and Peter Chermin
Co-Producer/Visual Effects Producer - Ryan Stafford
Production Designer - James Chinlund
Costume Designer - Melissa Bruning
Director of Photography - Michael Seresin
Special Effects Supervisor - Dan Cervin
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Joe Letteri
Visual Effects Supervisors - Dan Lemmon and Erik Winquist
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Mark Gee
Animation Supervisors - Sidney Kombo,
Dennis Yoo and Emile Ghorayeb
Film Editors - William Hoy and Stan Salfas
Music - Michael Giacchino

The APES trilogy has come to a screeching halt with its recent third instalment of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. Director Matt Reeves is among those crew members that have returned to conclude the extensive chapter of the apes' re-told origins. The storyline of the third instalment was bleaker, heartbreaking and more interesting than the first two. I am surprised how this instalment turned out good with a more brooding atmosphere and less human protagonists (sans one). It's supposed to show us the outcome of the warring conflict between the apes and the humans in their battle for inheritance. It's simply unexpected for the apes to win the fight for domination.

So much has changed for Andy Serkis being his last time in the mo-cap as the ape-leader Caesar, who is now more vengeful than ever and is struggling to face his inner demons. Steve Zahn was funny as the film's comic relief as Bad Ape whom becomes a great help to Caesar and the other apes in their cause. Woody Harrelson was a gentleman actor and was rather outstanding to portray a vicious military colonel who is just as bad as the other humans that were unpleasant, cruel, selfish and misguided. His character was very much an extremist only that he is trying to preserve humanity above ape. The music score by Michael Giacchino was absolutely vivid and breathtaking to listen too. The score hit the right cords to portray emotion in situations of torture and prison confinement.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES feels like an end to the characters and not the series itself, which could mean there may be a few more APES films in the future. It could possibly lead to a remake of the 1968 classic which is unlike the drastically altered version by Tim Burton. It's a fantastic movie that could never be forgotten by its fanbase and is a must-see on the big screen.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie 

Monday, 14 August 2017

The Great Wall Review

The Great Wall

Release Date: 16th February 2017 - Australia 

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Legendary East
Atlas Entertainment
China Film Group
Kava Productions
Le Vision Pictures
Legendary Entertainment

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 103 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $331,957,105

Plot Summary
When a mercenary warrior is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Matt Damon - William
Tian Jing - Commander Lin Mae
Willem Dafoe - Ballard
Andy Lau - Strategist Wang
Pedro Pascal - Tovar
Hanyu Zhang - General Shao
Lu Han - Peng Yong
Kenny Lin - Commander Chen
Eddie Peng - Commander Wu
Xuan Huang - Commander Teng
Ryan Zheng - Shen
Karry Wang - Emperor
Pilou Asbæk - Bouchard
Numan Acar - Najid
Johnny Cicco - Rizzetti
Vicky Yu - Lt. Xiao Yu
Bing Lu - Lin Mae's 2nd Lt. Li Qing

Director - Yimou Zhang
Story - Max Brooks, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz
Screenplay - Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy
Executive Producers - Alex Gartner, La Peikang, Jillian Share, E. Bennett Walsh and Zhao Zhang
Producers - Jon Jashni, Peter Loehr, Charles Roven and Thomas Tull
Co-Producers - Yong Er and Alex Hedlund 
Co-Producer/Production Manager: Second Unit - Eric Hedayat
Production Designer - John Myhre
Costume Designer - Mayes C. Rubeo
Directors of Photography - Stuart Dryburgh
and Xiaoding Zhao
Creature Design: Weta Workshop - Andrew Baker
Visual Effects Supervisors - Phil Brennan,
Matt Hartle, Viktor Muller and Matt Russell
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Samir Hoon
Visual Effects Supervisor: Animal Logic - Andy Brown
Editors - Mary Jo Markey and Craig Wood
Music - Ramin Djawadi

An ambitious US/Asian co-production that comes crashing down due to its unpopularity loses income at the box office. At first, THE GREAT WALL seemed to be a pleasant historical fantasy film with great action scenes and a bonafide star like Matt Damon. Unfortunately, the Chinese were too offended by its white-saviour plot in a setting for a famous landmark in China. While not the worst but certainly not the best movie ever made, THE GREAT WALL lacked a distinctive flair of an epic movie. Some historical aspects were used in THE GREAT WALL, the remainder was fantasy-based as its storyline was entirely fictional and none were completely true to the Chinese legends. Many of the characterisations are not so great and were purely one-dimensional which is mostly attributed to the writing and direction. 

Personally, I don't blame Matt Damon for being in this big-budgeted misfire, if it weren't for the filmmakers' decision to hire him in the first place. He is instead being the centre of attention and ends up getting his career nearly killed by the movie. Willem Dafoe has also taken a risk in being cast as a European being stuck in the Great Wall for a long time.

Here is another big-screen disappointment that you would have least expected, it'd be one of those recent movies that might belong to obscurity. THE GREAT WALL is essentially powerless against a silly plot and wooden characters that were laid beneath a stockpile. I consider this to be a mediocre film and definitely not something I watch again.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

Monday, 31 July 2017

Despicable Me 3 Review

Despicable Me 3

Release Date: 15th June 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Illumination Entertainment

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family 

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $819,225,800 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary
The mischevious Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world. 

Voice Cast
Steve Carrell - Gru/Dru
Trey Parker - Balthazar Bratt
Julie Andrews - Gru's Mom
Kristen Wiig - Lucy Wilde
Miranda Cosgrove - Margo
Dana Gaier - Edith 

Nev Scharrel - Agnes
Pierre Coffin
- Minions/
Steve Coogan - Fritz/Silas Ramsbottom
Jenny Slate - Valerie Da Vinci
Andy Nyman - Clyde the Robot
Adrian Ciscato - Niko
Katia Saponenko - Niko's Mother
Chris Renaud - Additional Minions

Directors - Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda
Co-Director/Character Designer - Eric Guillon
Screenplay - Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul

Executive Producer - Chris Renaud
Producers - Janet Healy & 

Christopher Meledandri
Character Designers - Nicolas Bauduin & Carter Goodrich
Additional Character Designer - Chris Reccardi 
Animation Directors - Bruno Dequier & Julien Soret 
Layout Supervisor - Regis Schuller
Film Editors - Claire Dodgson
Score - Heitor Pereira
Original Songs and Themes - Pharrell Williams

So sorry for taking break in getting the review for the third DESPICABLE ME instalment finished, as I was busy with my long-term animated project to also get it going. The series is still appealing to youngsters and are keeping the high amount of box office receipts with its prequel spin-off MINIONS (click here) as the second top-grossing animated feature next to FROZEN. However, viewers are sceptical that this latest three-quel will be a minor letdown like the aforementioned feature that turned out to be wearisome as expected. The makers from Illumination have not given up hope on the franchise as the first movie was such a success, the question was what needed to be done to begin a film series. That being said, DESPICABLE ME 3 was a slight improvement and reduces the problems that have been mostly addressed from the forgettable spin-off. The minions get less screen-time and were still the primary focus on the film that has its outrageously funnier moments. The animation was brightly sugar-coated and the brand of creativity is still there as much of this was retained from the first two instalments. 

Steve Carell is back to not only voice the main character Gru but also portrays in a dual role as his long-lost twin Dru whom he hasn't seen in ages. Trey Parker of SOUTH PARK fame lends his voice in a children's movie as Balthazar Bratt, a bitter actor turned super-villain who is stuck in the 80s and is bent on recapturing the glory days through wreaking havoc and mayhem.

DESPICABLE ME 3 was not much better or greater than the original. The zaniness appeared to be intact and there is not much it can do to live up to the greater charm of the first two. I considered it as always to be the most highly-entertaining animated film that the families can all enjoy. I recommend that you must see it in theatres or if you miss out wait to catch up with this movie on DVD or video streaming.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming 

Release Date: 6th July 2017 - Australia

Production Companies 
Columbia Pictures
Marvel Studios 
Pascal Pictures 

Sony Pictures Australia 

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 133 minutes 

Budget: $175,000,000

Box Office Gross: $467,348,203 (Worldwide) (This figure may change as new editions earn more money and increase the overall value of the box office gross)

Plot Summary 
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of his mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighbourhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Tom Holland - Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Robert Downey, Jr. - Tony Stark/Iron Man
Michael Keaton - Adrian Toomes/Vulture
Zendaya - Michelle
Marisa Tomei - Aunt May
Tony Revolori - Flash
Donald Glover - Aaron Davis
Laura Harrier - Liz Allan
Bokeem Woodbine - Herman 
Schultz/Shocker #2
Kenneth Choi - Principal Monta
Martin Starr - Mr. Harrington
Jacob Batalon - Ned
Hannibal Buress - Coach Wilson
Logan Marshall-Green - Jackson Brice/Shocker #1
Jon Favreau - Happy Hogan
Gwyneth Paltrow - Pepper Potts (Cameo)
Tyne Daly - Anne Marie Hoag
Abraham Attah - Abe 
Selenis Leyva - Ms. Warren
Garcelle Beauvais - Doris Toomes
Michael Cherus - The Tinkerer
Michael Mando - Mac Gargan
Chris Evans - Steve Rogers/Captain America (Cameo)
Jennifer Connelly - Karen/Suit Lady (Voice)
Gary Weeks - Agent Foster
Christopher Berry - Randy
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. - Jason

Screenplay/Director - Jon Watts
Based on Marvel Comic Book
"The Amazing Spider-Man"/
Executive Producer - Stan Lee
Character Creators: Captain
America - Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Screen Story/Screenplay - Jonathan Goldstein
and John Francis Daley
Screenplay - Christopher Ford,
Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers
Executive Producers - Victoria Alonzo,
Avi Arad, Louis D'Esposito, Jeremy Latcham
and Matt Tolmach
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager -
Patricia Whitcher
Producers - Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige
Co-Producers - Mitchell Bell,
Eric Hauserman Carroll and Rachel O'Connor
Production Designer - Oliver Scholl
Costume Designer - Louise Frogley
Director of Photography - Salvatore Totino 
Stunt Coordinator - George Cottle
Special Effects Supervisor - Daniel Sudick
Visual Effects Supervisors - Janek Sirrs,
Theodore Bialek, Lou Pecora and
Dominik Zimmerle
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - Edwin Rivera, 
Film Editors - Debbie Berman and Dan Leb
Music - Michael Giacchino

It's been a while since we last saw our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger in his very own movie after THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 disappointed most audiences everywhere. Now that the title character has become an official member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) when being introduced in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (click here). Sony gave back the cinematic rights of the characters to Disney unless permission is granted to borrow the main hero in new standalone features. Embracing the steps of a lighthearted tone and a new modern look to the franchise, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING was a chance to be different from the comics. It was a bit of a coming-of-age story for Peter Parker who was still a high-school student and is trying to balance his life as a superhero and a normal teenager. 

Previous film adaptations showcased the character's past, how he gained his powers and how a tragedy convinced him to become the hero that he is now destined to be. These past directors like Sam Raimi and Webb knew how to tell the origins straight and differently. But paled in comparison to Jon Watts, who was an indie filmmaker noticed by Hollywood, that he is a perfect extraordinaire to helm HOMECOMING. It's the first mega-budgeted blockbuster that Watts has ever done and he will have several features to come in the near-future.

Tom Holland was still the energetic youth-looking actor performing restlessly as the amazing title protagonist than we last saw him in CIVIL WAR. He appears to be quite adjusted for the role and nothing is prepared for former actors like Tobey Maguire to be just like him. Michael Keaton has once been in a superhero film as Batman in Tim Burton's first two interpretations and is now portraying Spider-Man's arch-nemesis, the Vulture with an allusion to his previous role of BIRDMAN. Michael Giacchino's score to HOMECOMIMG was faithful to its colorfully toned look and the instrumental pieces were doused in moments of comedy, action and drama.

I have enjoyed the film sincerely as I liked it more than the originals. HOMECOMING welcomes the character back to its reinvigorated setting and is probably the only Spider-Man movie that will live up to my expectations. I recommend this feature for viewing by audiences including Marvel comic book fans as it is now showing in theatres.
Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever