Spider-Man: Homecoming Review (2017): A Movie for the Little Guys

Peter Parker is different. He doesn’t operate on international, galaxy-wide levels. He’s a just a fifteen-year-old kid from Brooklyn, and in turn, the movie is decidedly mortal. Peter may be genetically enhanced, thanks to that radioactive spider, but everything else is very, very mundane. Venom is just a guy with a pair of alien metal wings trying to provide for his family. Iron Man is just a dude trying to help a kid not make the mistakes he did, while making a lot of the same mistakes his father did. Peter is a nerd with a nerdy best friend who is just trying to fit in.

It’s a superhero movie, but it’s a coming-of-age film about a teenager trying to find his place in the world, too. And that’s what made it work.

Wonder Woman (2017) Movie Review: Superheroes, Complexity, and Strength

If she was anything else, Diana wouldn’t be so important. The thing is, it would’ve been easy for DC to make her too perfect, to make her a female Superman, good and righteous and pure, all the while looking breathtakingly beautiful, and charge that as feminism. But it wouldn’t feel right. We’ve been fighting for a female hero for so long, and Diana is what we deserve. She is complex and multi-dimensional and flawed, and because of that, she stands up against our favourite male superheroes. She is as good, if not better.

June Reads: THE ODYSSEY by Homer

The Odyssey is a pretty great adventure. There’s a reason it’s so famous, and that’s because it’s so characteristic of the adventure genre itself. The Odyssey is basically the “OG” starting point of the Monomyth, and t’s a perfect match for Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey model. I’d recommend it to any and all adventure and epic fantasy writers.

Thoughts After High School: Humans Are Messy and Complex

I’ve changed over the past year. They probably have, too. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that people aren’t just one thing. Very rarely is anyone completely good or completely bad, but it’s tempting to think that people who treat you bad are evil. But that’s just not true. Good people can do bad things; bad people can do good things. Bad people can also have bad things done to them. Both can exist at the same time.