we are spider-man

I don’t really understand why it’s so cool to hate nowadays.

Yes, I am talking about movies, a subjective medium and work of art that conjure up feelings and emotions that will only resonate with a single person, while also resonating with every single person that views it.

I try my hardest to be as fair as possible with every single film I see, and to not go in with a chip on my shoulder, and give the film a fighting chance. Sometimes, I am completely taken for a ride and the film fires on all cylinders and is a win for me. Other times, I can let a film completely, and unfairly, ruin an actor’s chance with me ever liking them in any other film.

I’ll give you two examples of films I didn’t like, and it had everything to do with the character and the actor portraying them. But one film is great and the other is a massive misfire with me.

Thor: Ragnarok was arguably a soft reboot of the Thor character. Thor is no longer the stoic warrior that chose the right thing over what was easy, but no he was a dim, lazy and spoiled hero that let more talented individuals win his battles for him while he reaped all the glory and benefits from them.

It’s unfair of me to say that actor Chris Hemsworth seemingly doesn’t care about the franchise that made him a household name, but he did seem to be more interested in jokes than he did furthering his character. Within Thor: Ragnarok, Thor acts like an imbecile and is rewarded for it. And we rewarded him for it as well. The third Thor movie made over eight hundred and fifty million worldwide, more than any Thor film to date, ensuring that we’ll see many more films with Thor being an immature layabout rather than the man who would be king, like we had been teased with over the last ten years of Marvel films.

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While I have never been a fan of the Thor character, I was invested in his films because actor Chris Hemsworth showed us a great character that chose the right thing over power and fame, like a hero should. With the third film in his respective franchise, he has more in common with series villain Loki than himself from previous films. And it also showed that Marvel Studios didn’t care about what Thor did, considering they spent the least amount of money on this film as opposed to the other “part 3” films in the overall MCU. Thor: Ragnarok was the smallest investment for them, so losing a paltry one hundred and eighty million dollars was a loss that Disney and Marvel were willing to take.

Now look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, the prodigal son of Sony Pictures. What I didn’t like about the new adventures of Sony-Man under the Marvel banner was the fact that Peter Parker and Tony Stark are both whiny and irresponsible people that blame others for their problems and get rewarded for it. Tom Holland plays Peter Parker with a childlike innocence that really resonated with me to the poin that I was very uncomfortable with his performance. Holland nails the naiveté and enthusiasm of being fifteen. When you’re fifteen, you can’t wait to be an adult. You think that your life will be so much better, so beyond your current situation, if you can just break free from the confines of school and parents.

Now imagine you get superpowers when you’re fifteen…what would you do?

All Spider-Man wants to do is become an Avenger and live a live full of action and hijinks that he shirks all of his small-ish responsibilities to his friends and family to the point that no one recognizes him anymore. He doesn’t stop for two seconds and think about how his actions affect those he loves, while his absent “father”, Tony Stark, doesn’t stop to realize that an “ata boy” is all Spider-Man wants right now.

But while Hemsworth’s portrayal of Thor was embarrassing because the star didn’t care about the character that made him famous, Holland’s portrayal was incredible because it’s hard to watch. While I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming, I saw myself as a fifteen year old again. I saw exactly what I would have done had I had superpowers as a teenager. I saw that I would’ve tried leaving my friends and family behind because they were just holding me back, and I hated that.

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The beauty of Spider-Man is that he is all of us. Under that mask, it doesn’t matter if Peter Parker is a white, straight male, something that is becoming harder and harder for some to accept nowadays, because that mask of Spider-Man is colorless, genderless and without judgment. Spider-Man is the greatest hero Marvel has ever created because his mask doesn’t represent a color, a gender or a nation or even an ideal. Spider-Man represents people in a way that no other hero ever has or ever will. He’s not a billionaire, or an alien refugee. He’s not a soldier or a chosen one, he’s just Peter Parker.  And we are Peter Parker.

Yes, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a good movie, but it’s hard to watch because, that’s me up there on the screen. And it’s you, and your parents and every friend you’ve ever had.

So when I say I don’t like a film, it’s not because it’ll get me more clicks on a link or more views on a video. I’m saying I don’t like something because of how it affected me. Honestly, if you like a film, any film, I’m happy for you. I will never call you stupid and demean your opinion on film because that’s unfair, spiteful and just plain dumb. But I want everyone to know that film is powerful, every film means something to someone and it is okay to just let people enjoy what they want to enjoy.

So, hi…my name is Josh. I don’t know what brought you to my site and what made you read this whole article explaining what I think about movies but I promise you that I will never call you a moron for liking what you like, and I will never say that my opinion is worth more than yours, but I hope that you understand where I come from when I tell you what I think of a movie.

Movies help us see ourselves onscreen, and when you see a film that is taken seriously by its own actors, directors and writers, then it means it’s taking the audience seriously. And that is what matters.

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