I watched the last days in theatre Spiderman Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes. The first one was an ordeal and the second one was extremely good, in my opinion. Let’s start by Spiderman Homecoming: although Tom Holland, the new young actor playing Spidey is very good as well, as always, as Michael Keaton playing the Vulture, it’s definitely a teenager movie – logical, the Spiderman character IS a teenager – and the film will be enjoyed by teens who are the main target. But i’ll go as far as to say that anyone over, let’s say to be large, 26, who liked Spiderman Homecoming should seriously think about growing-up. Because all the scenes between the action scenes are really conventionals, unoriginals to a point that it is either an embarrassment or, more simply, boring. Robert Downey Jr as Stark / Iron Man is playing it like he does in the others Iron Man / Avengers movies and give the feeling that he agreed to be back because of the amount on the check. He’s okay, but nothing special here, from someone who can be such a good actor.
Let’s move to War for the Planet of the Apes which was much much better but which may have less success than the Spiderman. I’m not gonna say how great the visual effects are because we all know that now they can do everything and recreating a herd of apes is certainly a lot of work for VFX wizards but nothing impossible. But War for the Planet of the Apes is really one of the most interesting blockbuster of the season and the reason why is because it’s a movie which “knows to take its time without losing it” to quote what famous french director François Truffaut was saying about legendary western director John Ford, and the emotion is always right which is always amazing when we remember that the apes are CGI creatures, though “played” by great actors like Andy Serkis. It’s been a long time since i watched a movie where you don’t have the feeling that the film editor had the nose in a stack of coke, and War for the Planet of the Apes definitely don’t try to go faster than it does – or than it should – by fear to bore the audience. That said, may be younger audiences will find that the movie don’t go fast enough, that’s the problem when you brainwash audiences with movies build like rollercoasters. If you want to ride a rollercoaster go to a theme park, not watch a movie. War for the Planet of the Apes could even have been perfect without the scene being an analogy to Abraham dying before seeing the promised land, as i found this scene really a bit too “easy”. One last thing: strangely, the scene that you can see on the poster below don’t exist in the film, which is no big problem indeed.
Pictures: copyright Marvel, 20th Century Fox