Spider-Man: Homecoming Review
Spider-Man: Homecoming is open this weekend. As a huge fan of comic book movies I found myself incredibly not hyped for the upcoming 2017 Spider-Man reboot. I am not the biggest fan of the character and I am completely over the Peter Parker origin story. I grew up reading some of the comics in the 90’s and I loved the animated series but the movies leading up to this newest incarnation have not impressed me at all. The Sam Rami films had moments of fun in the first two films but overall never impressed me. That franchise ended with the worthless ‘Spider-Man 3’ and it was painfully obvious that Spider-Man deserved better. The first ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ movie was such a boring slog for me to get through that I never even saw the sequel. So what was it that convinced me to run out and see ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ you may ask? Well first off it is a Marvel Studios film. Marvel Studios has shown time and time again that they know what they are doing. I am not a fan of all of the Marvel Studios films but I recognize that they knock it out of the park more often than not. Secondly it was the incredible Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 2016’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’. His part in that movie immediately made it clear that this was a young and believable new Spider-Man that would provide for a completely different type of hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The events of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ take place several months after ‘Captain America: Civil War’. After working with Tony Stark, Peter Parker wants to continue working with the Avengers on important missions. With his fancy new Stark Industries Spidey suit Peter feels more suited for important missions than occasional street crime and public servitude. I originally thought that the Tony Stark mentor role was going to get annoying but for the most part it worked. There was less Iron Man in it than I expected based on the promotional material, which was a relief. Robert Downey Jr. is great at being the snarky Tony Stark but this is a Spider-Man movie and that is what I wanted to see.
The best part of Spider-Man: Homecoming is this is not an origin story! How many times do we need to see a radioactive spider and a dying Uncle Ben? I have to give props to Marvel for assuming that we are smart enough to understand that this is an already established Spider-Man. It moved the film along and brought the audience into new territory with the Spider-Man franchise.
The cast is incredible. The high school kids in the movie weren’t adults playing teenagers. They were actual teens and it all felt right. Peter’s friends/acquaintances were all fantastic and they provided genuine laughs throughout the movie. Tom Holland did a fantastic job of playing the naive newbie hero that could still very much hold his own against a big bad. The Vulture played by Michael Keaton may possibly be the best villain in the MCU aside from Loki. Every line delivered by Keaton was captivating and at times frightening. Keaton is especially terrifying in one particular scene (you will know it when you see it) and it gets pretty dark.
The movie overall looked fantastic. The effects were breathtaking especially with scenes involving The Vulture. I can easily say that this is the best Spider-Man movie that has ever been made. Spider-Man’s naivety, vulnerability and lightheartedness make him a valuable character in the MCU. I can’t wait to see him return in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Last but not least stay for the after credits scene (duh…) it is possibly one of my favorites.
I have one minor complaint about the film but it is a minor spoiler so only read on at your own risk.
This may seem minor but I do have a problem with movies being afraid to give villains and heroes proper costumes. I had a huge problem with Baron Zemo in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ not having a proper costume. I had an even bigger problem with how Spidey villain The Shocker’s costume looked in this film. They decided to go with a half ass costume that barely read as The Shocker. It was literally just a leather jacket with yellow sleeves. Just introduce a new character if he is going to look nothing remotely like the source material. Aside from that little nag, go see the movie! It is truly spectacular.
Check out the trailer