When spiders and apes rule the roost

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Karen Kunawicz

Hollywood just loves Spider-Man. Only five years after Tobey Maguire wrapped up his trilogy of Spiderman films, another set of Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films were released. Three years later, Tom Holland dons the suit in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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I personally think all casting choices for Spiderman have been great and each actor brings something new and different to the role.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is energetic, loveable, young, and often endearingly goofy and earnest. What’s even more special about the superhero’s latest outing is that he finally gets to play around in the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe compared as we’ve only seen a limited screen time for him in Captain America: Civil War.

While it’s great for the fans that Marvel and Sony have achieved this accord, hopefully, there will be no confusion down the line as Sony apparently intends to build a franchise around Spider-Man characters.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is light and fun. It’s great to see Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, but apparently it’s even better for fans to see early ‘90s It girl Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. She’s now 52 and looks great in her long hair, eyeglasses, tank tops and high-waisted pants. Another spot-on casting choice is Michael Keaton—who better play The Vulture than the man who got a nominated for an Oscar in Birdman and who played late ‘80s up to early ‘90s Batman?

If you’ve got a thing for the ‘80s, the Homecoming at Spider-Man’s school had an ‘80s theme, and if you love the Ramones, the movie features their 1976 classic, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” But you will kind of wonder why they didn’t likewise feature the band’s amazing cover of the Spiderman theme song.

The currently very busy, fit, limber, graceful and strong Tom Holland will be back next year in “Avengers: Infinity War” and in 2019 with the Spider-Man sequel.

Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man
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Meanwhile, opening today is the wrap-up film in the Planet of the Apes trilogy. Director Matt Reeves follows up his distinguished work on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” with what most fans feel is a fitting conclusion in “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

A huge part of the success of the films has to do with the unparalleled work Andy Serkis has done in the field of motion capture. The cast and director changed after the first movie (2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) except for Serkis who played the franchise’s staple as ape leader, Caesar.

Oddly enough, the viewers at my screening were rooting more for the apes than the humans.

Just like Tom Holland, Andy Serkis has a very busy life and it’s not just with Marvel (he returns as Ulysses Klaue in “Black Panther” next). He additionally has a big role in the upcoming Star Wars films and he’ll be doing more Tin Tin movies as Captain Haddock. Finally, Serkis will be starring and directing next year’s version of Jungle Book with Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Enjoy the primates and arachnids!

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