Okay, even if you’re not a comic-con, Marvel heroes groupie type, suspend your skepticism for a moment. We all need a break from the ravages of reality – whether it’s utter exhaustion, grief, fear, loneliness, or garden variety boredom. This movie delivers, beyond my expectations.
Perhaps some of the electronic music was overwhelming, which worried me during the opening credits. But the film was wonderfully engaging both in STORY and in CHARACTER, in many surprising ways, and I don’t just mean the fact that we get our first Black Spiderman. Miles, a young, Black, Latino boy from the city, is enormously appealing, funny, not in a canned way. The graphics are dazzling, and delightful in their blending of comic-book style effects with realism in their animations. The movie is funny, triumphant, warm, a spectacle of lights and color. It takes you away for a little while, which is just what we need when we can’t really go anywhere.
Take a break. Allow yourself this little two-hour escape.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 226: 166 words, TOTAL = 36,831; 23,169 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.