Hitting Screens, Week of July 3, 2017

Only one film opens this week but it is expected to be a blockbuster, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Fans of the Captain America: Civil War movie already got a look at the new Spidey played by Tom Holland; he stole every scene he was in.

Now Holland gets his own film, one The Verge describes as “a joyous celebration, not just of the MCU’s [Marvel Comic Universe] usual crowd-winning balance of humor and action, but of a little guy’s ability to make a difference, even when, for once, the fate of the world isn’t on the line.”

Reviews are generally strong. Vanity Fair says it is a film of “easy, abounding charm” that makes viewers want even more to follow. The Guardian calls it a “razor-sharp reboot” and “a crowd-pleasing triumph.” io9 says it is “great” and USA Today calls it “remarkable and refreshing.”

Not all the reviews are glowing but most acknowledge its pleasures. Entertainment Weekly, in its B+ review, says “Homecoming comes off as loose and sweet and light on its feet.” The NYT says it is “likable, amusing.” Most critical, The Hollywood Reporter writes it is “occasionally exciting but often frustrating … a creative misstep for the studio.”

There have been five previous films since 2002, each making less money than the one before. Marvel clearly hopes this is the reboot that puts the character and the franchise back on track. Polygon reports that the film launches a trilogy. The next stand-alone feature will be July 5, 2019. Before that the webbed crusader will appear in Avengers: Infinity War.

Spider-Man: Homecoming premieres July 7th. It stars Holland along with Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. Several tie-ins are out, see our posts here and here.

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