Thus far, the comic book movies so far in 2017 have received a rather epic response. First it was Logan (93%) tearing into theaters; followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (81%), and most recently Wonder Woman (92%). That's pretty amazing, and this week we'll find out if Spider-Man: Homecoming can live up to the set standard.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
No one would blame you if you had a little Spider-Man fatigue at this point. It feels like we've been handed a steady diet of the dude over the last two decades with varying levels of payoff. This is now the third iteration of the Spider-Man franchise with Tom Holland following in the web-prints of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Holland's Spidey character was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War, where he promptly stole the show in his limited time on screen. It seems that charm has transferred to his Marvel Cinematic Universe solo movie debut, Spider-Man: Homecoming, as there's a ton of early love for the film. It currently stands at 94% with 80 reviews, and most critics seem to appreciate the tone as well as the human touch it gives to Peter Parker.
Marvel's success with their cinematic universe is pretty amazing, and they continue to just play the tone of their franchises nearly perfectly. While DC has struggled to get the right feel, finally finding solid footing with Wonder Woman, Marvel appears to be clicking on all cylinders. Spider-Man: Homecoming could go down as the definitive take on Spider-Man.
I hit two out my three predictions last week, and came damn close to a clean sweep. The lone miss was with The House (Predicted: 35% Actual: 16%), and that was only because I labeled it bad instead of being truly awful. Critics very clearly did not appreciate the first team up between Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, and seemed baffled by how poor the movie is.
Meanwhile, Baby Driver (Predicted: 95% Actual: 97%) didn't stay at 100% over the course of the week, but it didn't fall too much either. Critics loved the story, pacing, action and comedy in the story of a gifted teenage driver who is the wheelman of choice for Kevin Spacey's criminal enterprise. This kind of a score for the kind of movie is almost unheard of, considering you need to hit on nearly every aspect of the film. But Edgar Wright pulled it off, and this came close to a perfect Tomatometer rating with only 5 out of 195 reviews falling on the negative side.
Finally, Despicable Me 3 (Predicted: 70% Actual: 62%) was another win, and finished right in line with the rest of the franchise, albeit just a tick lower than its predecessors. I doubt we've seen the last of Gru and his Minions, with the franchise still insanely popular in the kiddie crowd.