Blake M. Petit is a writer, columnist, reviewer, podcaster, actor, director, and teacher from Ama, Louisiana. He is the author of several novels, short stories and nonfiction examinations…
I'm just saying, because of Covid they changed the requirements for Oscar nominations and loosened the necessity for a theatrical release. So this movie is eligible. Also in the Best Animated Feature category.
You've got to appreciate the audacity of the premise: "The first movie that's faithful to the comic book because IT IS THE COMIC BOOK!" It's actually a neat idea -- a comic book publisher makes its own movie as a prequel to a new comic book series.
Unfortunately, it ends at a "neat idea," because in execution, this is TERRIBLE. The acting is loud and overblown, the accents are awful, and the only nod to the fact that this takes place in a superhero universe is one guy with lousy prosthetic makeup.
NO SPOILERS: This isn't exactly your father's Spider-Man. He's still funny, and he's still smart. He's agile and energetic, and Tom Holland is clearly having fun in the role. But this is part of the MCU, so his motivations have been tweaked accordingly. Unlike Spider-Man in the previous movies or the earlier days of the comics, this is a kid who grew up in a world where Iron Man and the Avengers exist, and his attitudes reflect that. But he…