I have not been to the movies for ages. Nothing recently has been impressing me enough to persuade my husband to go. But our grad student daughter is home for winter break, and my sister-in-law and our college student nephew were in town this weekend, and they wanted to go, so we all packed up and went together.
I enjoyed the hell out of this, It was funny and intellectually engaging in a lightweight way, with a rhythmic and humorous use of classic tropes to introduce each Spider-being avatar as they showed up. It was also touching and emotionally honest and made me cry, both at happy parts (which is typical for me) but also at sad parts (which I usually weather dry-eyed). I think I needed the catharsis.
It's visually busy but rather enthralling in that way as well. Because the show was close to sold out, we were sitting closer to the screen than I prefer (assigned seating: unusual!), but the Regal Majestic Silver Spring has put in the new reclining seats, so this wasn't nearly as uncomfortable as it might have been.
And the Stan Lee cameo was cute and touching.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes comics at all.