Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Everyone’s favorite wall-crawler is back for the third time in a decade. Peter Parker, upon returning home after his adventure in Captain America: Civil War, longs for his chance to join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and impress his new-found mentor, Tony Stark. When alien weapons begin to surface among New York’s street thugs, Peter believes he has his chance. I found Spider-Man: Homecoming to be enjoyable overall. Spider-Man’s presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe felt natural, and the high school atmosphere is a setting that has been largely unexplored in previous entries. The movie works thanks to Tom Holland’s stellar performance. The young actor presented the awkwardness of Peter and the witty confidence of Spider-Man perfectly, seamlessly switching from scene to scene. As is the trend with current Marvel flicks, the amount of profanity is increasing, which is—especially for a hero aimed at younger audiences—disappointing to say the least.
TV Series: The Good Place
Elanor, Michael, and the rest are back in the second season of ABC’s supernatural comedy The Good Place. While the show isn’t biblically accurate by any means, there are things to like about this fictional situation. The set design is very well done—a colorful, happy, perfect suburbia, which for those who know the true nature of The Good Place makes the design that much better. However, the show falls into the dirty comedy section at times. The show is based around the idea of the afterlife, and it reflects much on what society thinks Heaven and hell are like; good people go to Heaven, bad people do not. However, that’s not what the Bible tells us. Accepting Jesus Christ and living for Him is the way to Heaven (John 14:6).Often, defending our faith means confronting the misconceptions of the world, even if they look nice and pleasing on the outside.
Movie: The Lego Ninjago Movie
The brilliant, self-aware humor of WB’s Lego franchise returns with The Lego Ninjago Movie, an adaptation of the popular TV series of the same name. As members of the secret ninja force, Lloyd and his friends face the dangerous threat of Lord Garmadon, an evil warlord who also happens to be Lloyd’s father. The animation quality and voice acting is as good as ever, pulling in talent like Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, and Michael Peña, but much of that talent was criminally underused, almost to the point of unimportance; Peña’s character Kai had very few lines throughout, and the rest of the non-Garmadon characters received similar treatment. The humor isn’t quite up to par with The Lego Movie or The Lego Batman Movie. Garmadon played a carbon copy of Will Arnett’s Batman, and the normally continuous nature of Lego humor was missing, but the film is still entertaining to watch.
Micah Trimmer | Salt Lake City | Intermountain Division