Tony Revolori

REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is living his everyday life as a high school kid and as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man but after fighting with (and against) the Avengers, Peter wants more than that. When Peter discovers alien weapons are being sold, he comes up against the Vulture (Michael Keaton) a threat bigger than he’s faced before.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fun film. It very much feels like a teen comedy that just happens to have superheroes and that’s no bad thing. Seeing Peter in school, going to class, having to deal with annoying kids like Flash (Tony Revolori) and having a crush on popular girl Liz (Laura Harrier) was all great and Tom Holland played Peter Parker so well. I loved Peter’s friendship with Ned (Jacob Batalon), they felt like proper besties and it was great having someone knowing Peter’s secret identity from pretty early on in the film.

The story is a lot more small-scale than the threat-to-the-entire-world type plots we’ve seen in superhero films over the past few years. This was a good move as it gave more time for the characters and when there were stakes you felt them. That being said, the villain is an intimidating one and one of the best the MCU has had in a long time. Keaton nails the role, bringing menace and a certain affable charm to a character that could have been a pantomime villain.

I also liked how Spider-Man: Homecoming fitted into the MCU. Yes, there’s appearances from Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) but they don’t overshadow Peter and his story. If anything, Peter conversations with Tony are equal parts funny and sincere.

The humour didn’t always work for me. Peter is a kid who’s a hero so he sometimes makes stupid jokes and doesn’t think things through, and while that’s so perfectly Spider-Man, it just didn’t always hit the mark with me.

I liked Spider-Man: Homecoming but I didn’t love it. Breaking the film down like this there were a lot of elements I liked but for some reason together they didn’t give me the wow factor. Still, Spider-Man: Homecoming is an enjoyable film that will at least make you smile. 3/5.

REVIEW: Dope (2015)

dope elenasquareeyesMalcolm (Shameik Moore) is just your average geek trying to survive high school and a tough neighbourhood but everything changes after an underground party. Drugs and a gun are hidden in his bag and as he and his best friends Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) try to figure out what to do, they have the biggest adventure of their lives.

There’s a lot going on in Dope. There’s so many pop culture references including 90’s rap, bitcoin and how you’re supposed to write a college application letter. The way it references all these things can be a bit overwhelming at times and sometimes it loses its way slightly but it’s still a lot of fun seeing these teenagers being awkward yet smart. Along with a mishmash of references, Dope is also a mix of genres, it’s no doubt a comedy but it’s also a drama and it’s a bit like a crime-caper in the end – it’s sometimes a bit strange but it’s always a lot of fun. (more…)