Well hello there Flicker Fans….what better way to swing back into writing you wonderful people again, than having our own friendly neighborhood Spiderman swinging back into theaters this past weekend.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to endure that many puns in the rest of this review.

So let’s chat about Spiderman: Homecoming shall we? First, I would like to offer a homage to the past Spidermen and somewhat of a tribute, or “toast” if you would. Actually, I think I’d like to write you guys a direct letter. Yes, I’m talking to you Tobey Mcguire and Andrew Garfield.

Dear Past Spidermen,

Hi. Moving on is never an easy task. But hey, let’s just say what it is. It’s not you, it’s me. It’s not the fact that you both in your mid-twenties (respectively—during filming) that we have decided to move on to, well, to better things. It’s not your performance. You did what you could with an amazing character and I think you held up well.

Tobey and Sam Raimi. What can I say? You started it all for us. You were amazing for what it was. Action, fun, adventure. You brought our comic hero to life and made us believe in the vision that I personally think Marvel saw. You believed in taking hold of this role, this character, and making it your own; not once, or twice, but three times. Thank you. Tobey and Kirsten Dunst gave us our first look at what Mary Jane (MJ) and Peter might be like on the big screen. Thank you. Thank you for bringing us J. Jonah Jameson and his unwavering anger at, well, at everything. Coupled with that, thank you for bringing us the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, the Sandman, Green Goblin Jr. (I’m well aware that’s not what we call him), and none other than Venom. Thank you. Your contributions will not be forgotten.

Hey Andrew….Hey Mark Webb.

Look, I know you both probably feel like you got the short end of the stick when it came to these characters, but hey, we have to move on. I mean, it’s not easy to follow Raimi and Tobey, they got 3 chances to get it right, you only got 2. Your first run, wow. Just wow. You brought us an amazing sense of realism when it came to our hero fighting the Lizard.  And casting Rhys Ifans! Bravo! I love that guy. I thought he did a great job as our “Jekyll and Hyde” character. Oh, and guys, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy! Dude, bravo on that landing her in that roll. You took a chance in giving us what we hadn’t seen before in Peters love life on screen, life before Mary Jane. Then on top of that you cast Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Just bravo, bravo guys. But we got lost somewhere on the way didn’t we? Whose idea was it to cast Electro in the second movie? Whose idea was it to have the Green Goblin be….well….hell I don’t know what the hell he was in that movie. Some sort of family virus? How did things get so bad so quickly? I love Jamie Foxx. I love Dane Dehaan. But guys, you had to wonder what the hell was going on at some point. So yea, 2 movies and done. You had to see it coming (I’m not even going to address the whole Peters parents being spies thing….let’s just not…ok?)

That’s really all there is to say about the past. It was there and there are some good memories, and there are some really bad ones. I’m happy to say that the good outweigh the bad, but let’s move on to what is clearly the future.

All my best-

JW

Dear Current and Future Spiderman,

Tom Holland. BRO! What’s going on dude!!?!?!? You crushed it! Congrats. Welcome to the MCU! I don’t want to keep using exclamation points here, but that’s really how excited I am to talk about this movie and the EPIC job that you did. I mean, this guy comes out of essentially nowhere (I mean, yes, you’ve had your hand in some other projects), but man, you are officially a household name. You’re Spiderman and you crushed it doing so. You’ve done it in grace, with style, and have stood up against some amazing talent in these movies and held your own. I’m talking decades of talent and veterans. Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. back as Tony Stark, and Michael Keaton as the Vulture. These people have been acting WELL before you were born. Not just a few years, but their careers that are older than you, and you crushed it like a pro.

This movie was just fantastic. I can’t rave enough about it. From the moment the opening credits started to roll, down to the very last “secret scene”. Yes, there are after credit scenes in this movie, and yes, they are definitely worth watching.

Being a fan of Spiderman, all I can really say is, “go see this movie.” Yes, that’s it. It was fantastic. Not just fun, but it offered a look into Spidermans past that I don’t think we’ve really gotten a chance to see yet. HIghschool. Sure we’ve had the past take us through highschool, but this seems to have a sense of realism to the fun, trials, and tribulations that comes with highschool. I think our fearlesss leader said it best after we watched the first teaser for Homecoming last Summer, “This movie has a very, John Hughes feel to it. Like we’re really going to see what it’s like to live in his shoes as a kid; going through puberty, going on dates, and dealing with growing up too fast.” Yea, that’s pretty much how it went down.

I think that just watching this movie you get everything that you could possibly hope for. Continuation of how Peter ended up in Civil War, his relationship with Tony Stark, and his powers really coming into his own. What else can I really say, what else to I need to say? Go see this movie. Run, don’t walk. (kidding). It was fun and definitely worth seeing in the theater.

That’s all for now Flicker Fans, get out there and enjoy some movies.

Jascha