Sep/2017

Film Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 5th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

Another Spider-Man movie with a different Spider-Man? Enough is enough already, right? You’d be wrong with Marvel’s first whole Spider-Man movie called Spider-Man: Homecoming. We’ve seen enough Spider-Man origin stories to last a life time, and luckily Marvel doesn’t give us another one. In fact, like we saw in Captain America: Civil War, Spidey (Tom Holland) already has the cool suit made by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), as he helped the Avengers basically fight each other.

With Homecoming, Spider-Man is already fighting small crimes and has his great web slingers, but wants to prove he is good enough to be a part of the Avengers team, which is nice. The villain in this film is the Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. He was Batman, Birdman, and now Vulture, all of which are winged and or caped. Not a coincidence, or is it? Either way, Vulture’s character is deep and layered as we get a glimpse of why he chooses his dark path, which brings us back to previous films. The main story plot here is that Vulture and his criminal gang are trying to steal all of the Avengers’ technology to use for evil and sell on the open market to make money, which sets Spider-Man’s senses on them rather than catching mild purse snatchers.

Like most teenagers, they think they know everything and can do everything without any help. This is Peter Parker’s downfall here, as he does more harm than good when catching criminals. Tony Stark/Iron Man tries to teach him this throughout the film and even tells Peter that he sees a bit of the web crawler in himself, and he doesn’t want him to inherit the bad qualities. When not donning the spidey suit, we get perfectly awkward Peter Parker the nerdy high school student with his big best friend who are into LEGO Star Wars.

There are a ton of awkward teenage moments and great witty dialogue that you wouldn’t be surprised that Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley wrote the screenplay along with 4 other people. Goldstein and Daley wrote the recent Vacation sequel and the Horrible Bosses movies, where Daley actually played Sam Weir on Freaks and Geeks, which a couple of those alum show up here too. As a whole, this film feels completely like how the previous Spider-Man movies should have been. There’s not a lot of shots of Spider-Man swinging high through the city skyscrapers like we’ve seen many times before, which is a breath of fresh air for sure.

Instead, we get some funny montage of Spidey figuring out all of the different uses for his web-slinging, including a grenade web sling. There is some great emotion here with a few surprises, including a few cameos that will tickle your fancy on all levels. Jon Watts served as the director here, which his only credits include Cop Car and Clown, proving that no matter what genre you come from, there is a good chance you can succeed in a $175 million budget superhero film, which Watts has done here.

Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man is perhaps the best Spider-Man we’ve ever had. His delivery of the famous wit of Spider-Man and his excitement to just be a part of the Avengers and being a kid is perfectly captured here. He’s my favorite for sure. Michael Keaton of course always turns in a great performance and makes you angry, scared, and love him all in one scene. He’s that good as Vulture. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the start of something special in the Marvel universe and I have no doubt you will love this version, because it most of all – FUN. Be sure to stick around for two credit sequences at the end of the film.

Highly Recommended!

-Bryan Kluger

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